Category Manager - Chemicals

Date: Mar 30, 2023

Location: NC, US Charlotte, NC, US, 28273

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.



JELD-WEN (NYSE:JELD), founded in 1960, is one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, with more than 21,000 employees operating in 24 countries globally. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, JELD-WEN designs, produces and distributes an extensive range of interior and exterior doors, wood, vinyl and aluminum windows and related products for use in the new construction and repair and remodeling of residential homes and non-residential buildings.

Our products and services afford us the opportunity to enter peoples’ workplaces, homes and daily lives. With this privilege comes great responsibility to ensure that the products we deliver are reliable and enrich the places and lives that they touch. We bring beauty and security to the spaces that touch our lives.


We act with integrity, invest in people, inspire through innovation, deliver on our promises and improve every day. We are seeking talented individuals who share this purpose and values and want to excel in their field of expertise. We offer excellent benefits, a collaborative environment in which to apply your talent and a dynamic and growing company, with exceptional career progression opportunities.



As a valued member of the rapidly growing global procurement team, the Category Manager will lead the management of assigned commodities (Chemicals) for the North American region. This person will establish and implement short and long term strategies for continued cost reduction and value improvement and also responsible for negotiating all major contracts and agreements within the category and delivering the best value to JELD-WEN. This Category Manager wil report directly to our Director of Sourcing.


This is an exciting opportunity to join a team that is shaping global procurement policies and strategy across JELD-WEN. The incumbent will take ownership of an assigned commodity (Chemicals) and deliver on agreed upon KPIs for that category.  Our global procurement team sources commodities including;


  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Logs & Lumber
  • Boards & Doors
  • Chemicals
  • Door & Window Hardware
  • Molding & Millwork
  • Packaging


Principle Duties and Responsibilities


  • Responsible for all commercial relationships with suppliers within the assigned category areas, securing targeted levels of cost, quality, delivery precision, sustainability, etc.
  • Develop and implement approved category strategies that actively search for performance improvement and cost reduction opportunities by understanding customer needs, supply market trends and innovation.
  • Drive value by implementing strategic sourcing and entering into cost effective Supply Agreements that fulfil supply requirements within the assigned categories.
  • Manage the total lifecycle of a supplier contract, including submission to legal, expiration alerts, etc. within the categories assigned.
  • Responsible for supplier performance and rating based on Key Performance Metrics (KPI) for Quality, Delivery, and Cost.
  • Find and develop new suppliers, as required, according to JELD-WEN supplier guidelines.
  • Conduct detailed demand, spend, cost and market analysis and a structured approach to tendering and negotiating with suppliers given the assigned commodity strategy.
  • Segment suppliers and manage supplier relationships to drive supplier development and integration for existing, new and potential suppliers
  • Serve as the SME for commodity price trends that impact the assigned categories and advise the business on future impact


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities


  • Foundational knowledge and acumen in procurement and category management
  • Professional knowledge to support, advise and deliver on the strategy underpinning global sourcing efforts and deliver on key KPIs
  • Project management skills including excellent planning, time management, decision making and organization skills
  • Intermediate Software skillset to include M/S Powerpoint, Excel and Power BI
  • Skilled in building effective working relationships with vendors and suppliers by taking a customer-focused approach
  • Exemplary ability to analyze, evaluate and report procurement information and data to inform management decisions and track outcomes
  • Self-motivated and results oriented, with a bias to action
  • Commitment to own professional development


Education and Experience


  • An expectation of 5+ years of advanced education and work experience or equivalent depth of experience in a sourcing role within a high volume manufacturing business is required
  • A strong background in global sourcing with the ability to negotiate complex contracts and aggressively drive value into the supply chain
  • An expectation of 3+ years’ or equivalent depth of experience with medium value ($50MM+) preferably managing a complex spend
  • Experience in complex contract negotiation
  • Demonstrable experience of Value Analysis/Value Engineering processes.






  • Commodity/Category Management
  • Subject Matter Expertise in a Window/Door commodity
  • Detail Oriented
  • Influencing without Authority
  • Project Management


  • KPI Oriented
  • Decisive Thinker
  • Curious
  • Driven to Deliver
  • Ethics/Integrity


JELD-WEN is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

Unless explicitly requested or approached by JELD-WEN, the company will not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services