Category Manager - Packaging

Date: Sep 10, 2023

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28273

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.

JELD-WEN is currently seeking a Category Manager - Packaging to join our growing team.




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


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 and deliver on agreed-upon KPIs for that category. 


We are looking for someone eager to learn the business and grow their career at Jeld-Wen! If you are a true relationship builder and cultivator and can build trust and comradery, this is for you!


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 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


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities


  • Ability to exercise leadership and influence across multiple businesses and regions
  • Ability to establish cross-functional relationships and partnerships through product and process knowledge
  • Skilled in building effective working relationships with vendors and suppliers by taking a customer-focused approach
  • Project management skills including excellent planning, time management, decision making and organization skills
  • Detail-oriented with 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
  • Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint knowledge is essential
  • Commitment to own professional development
  • Able to travel approximately 15% for supplier and internal operation visits.


Education and Experience


  • An expectation of 3+ years’ or equivalent depth of experience in a role within a complex global manufacturing business
  • A strong background in building relationships and driving cost savings through that partnership
  • Experience in complex RFQ generation and bidding process
  • Packaging experience is preferred.




About JELD-WEN Holding, Inc.

JELD-WEN is a leading global designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-performance interior and exterior doors, windows, and related building products serving the new construction and repair and remodeling sectors. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company operates facilities in 16 countries in North America and Europe and employs approximately 18,000 people. Since 1960, the JELD-WEN team has been committed to making quality products that create safe and sustainable environments for customers, associates and local communities. The JELD-WEN family of brands includes JELD-WEN® worldwide; LaCantina™ and VPI™ in North America; and Swedoor® and DANA® in Europe. For more information, visit

In 2022, Newsweek named JELD-WEN as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies.

What We Offer

Investing in People is one of our Core Values, we strive to attract & retain great people! As such, JELD-WEN offers competitive compensation & benefits packages. As a global organization, specific benefits may vary, however typically including medical & dental, generous leave policies, retirement program, etc.

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.

JELD-WEN does not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services.

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte