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Category Manager - Chemicals

Date: Jul 23, 2022

Location: TX, US

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.


As a valued member of the global procurement team, the Category Manager will lead the management of assigned commodities for the North American region. This person will establish and implement short and long-term strategies for continued cost reduction, supplier relationship management and value improvement, as well as negotiating all major contracts and agreements within the category and delivering the best value to JELD-WEN.

Our global procurement team sources commodities including Glass, Metals, Logs & Lumber, Boards & Doors, Chemicals, Hardware, Molding & Millwork, Packaging, and Plastics.


Principal 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.
  • 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 impacts.
  • Building cross-functional relationships and partnerships with suppliers to improve value, quality, delivery, performance, and technology solutions.
  • Seek opportunities to leverage spend and volume and reduce future price increase risk.
  • Identify Strategic, Preferred and Development suppliers.
  • Negotiate the lowest total cost of ownership for assigned commodities.
  • Work collaboratively in a highly matrixed and fast-paced organization.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in global sourcing with the ability to negotiate complex contracts and aggressively drive value into the supply chain
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience managing a medium value ($50MM+) complex spend category.
  • Experience in complex contract negotiation.
  • Demonstrable experience of Value Analysis/Value Engineering processes.




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.


JELD-WEN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to providing an environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. To ensure the safety and health of our employees, JELD-WEN maintains a drug-free work environment.