Job Title: Category Manager – Indirect
Reports to: VP of Purchasing
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Key Internal Partners: R&D, Quality, Supply Chain, Operations, Marketing, Demand Planning, Sales
Key External Partners: Suppliers and Distributors
Project Management: Yes
Location: Traverse City, MI
Materne North America (MNA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOM Group located in France, is a highly successful, fast-growing, and innovative company known for helping squeeZ goodness into the daily lives of kids across the US. In fact, you probably know us as GoGo squeeZ: http://www.gogosqueez.com/. We’ve been in operation for 7 years in the US and have reached over $200 million in sales.
GoGo squeeZ is a leader in healthy, all-natural, gluten free, 100% fruit snacks. Our applesauce pouches are packed with goodness and with their convenient packaging design can be enjoyed wherever kids go! In 2016, Materne North America launched our most significant innovation since the introduction of applesauce in a pouch. Now, US families can enjoy yogurt that is, “so cool, it doesn’t have to be cold,” or in other words, a scrumptious, natural yogurt snack with no preservatives and no fridge needed!
Our applesauce products are produced locally in the USA, and our dairy products are imported from France.
MNA has 500+ employees spread across New York City (US headquarters) and two production sites in Traverse City, MI and Nampa, ID. We are committed to offering our customers across the US, Canada, and Mexico high-quality, squeeZable, pouches that are fun to eat by leveraging our unique patented manufacturing technology.
The GoGo squeeZ pouches can be found in over 9,000 stores across the US including Fairway, Giant, Harris Teeter, Publix, Target, Walmart, and likely, your local grocery store.
We are committed to providing healthy snacking and nutrition education to parents and kids, so we are proud to support Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), a nonprofit that works to create healthier schools nationwide.
Join the GoGo team, and help us drive our mission to make on-the-go snacking healthy and fun!
We are a team of passionate, values-driven professionals, and we would love to have you on board to help us achieve our shared dreams!
The Category Manager is responsible for developing and executing the sourcing strategies for Materne’s indirect material and services throughout North America. They provide the organization with deep expertise in sourcing and purchasing of indirect materials and services. The categories could include, but not be limited to: (MRO Supplies, Garments, IT Hardware, Telecom, Travel, E-procurement, Utilities and Services). They are a self-starter that is capable of providing strategic and tactical leadership across multiple categories and be responsible for ($30,000,000 - $40,000,000) in spend. The Category Manager is responsible for developing, executing and managing corporate sourcing initiatives for indirect categories and performing complex data analysis to identify new sourcing and other cost optimization opportunities to generate cost savings and synergies for various indirect categories. They are responsible for negotiating complex / competitive programs and communicating to Corporate and Plant Operations the value propositions associated with each category proposal. He / She works collaboratively with internal user departments to facilitate, optimize, and execute the purchase and corporate governance of these indirect expense categories across the organization.
Job Responsibilities & Tasks:
Key Performance Indicator (KPI):
Purchasing Variance vs. Budget
Spare Parts Inventory Dollars and Turn Rate of Spare Parts
Driving Indirect Synergies with Bel Brands
Supplier Relationship Management – Action Items
PHYSICAL & TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
Materne, North America offers a competitive compensation package and a comprehensive benefit package that includes: Medical, Dental & Vision Plans, Life Insurance, including eligible spouses, domestic partners & children; Retirement & Savings Plans, Paid Vacation and Holidays.
Materne, North America is an equal opportunity employer. We value a culture of inclusion and diversity within our workforce. We are committed to maintaining a workplace free from prohibited employment conduct, including discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Employment is subject to verification of pre-employment drug-screening results and background investigation.