• Global Category Manager

    Job ID
    Full-Time Regular
    Functional Group
    Business Segment
  • Overview

    Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions.  From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer.  With 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 13,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology.  For more information visit axaltacoatingsystems.com and follow us @axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.


    We are seeking a Global Category Manager, Indirect Procurement, who will develop and execute global buying strategies for IT, Professional Services, and/or Contract Services.  This includes using state-of-the-art purchasing tools to drive lowest costs for the corporation and negotiating global agreements including prices and terms.  In addition, the position will develop global sourcing strategies, identify new suppliers, align the commodity strategies throughout the organization, perform bid events, negotiate contracts and work with globally decentralized teams to implement contracts.  The position reports to the Global Director Indirect & Logistics Procurement and interacts closely with the regional sourcing organizations as well as supply chain, legal, operations, engineering, sales & marketing.  



    • Lead and influence global procurement strategies across multiple regions for a given category.
    • Accountable for managing an annual category spend of over $150M USD.
    • Influence regional and global teams to achieve alignment and meet procurement goals and objectives.
    • Achieve cost savings and avoidances.
    • Develop global sourcing and procurement strategies.
    • Negotiate global contracts and agreements, including prices and terms.
    • Execute agreements as the Buyer of Record.
    • Lead efforts to qualify alternate or second source suppliers.
    • Implement cost-effective and compliant delivery routes for all purchases.
    • Monitor and resolve major disconnects in the buy, release, receive, and pay process.
    • Maintain effective relationships with suppliers and internal clients.




    • Bachelor’s degree preferred. A Master’s degree is a benefit.
    • Three or more years’ indirect procurement experience, including IT services and consulting services (e.g., financial, HR, IT, etc.).  
    • Experience working with and managing substantial category spend.
    • Experience managing supplier and customer relationships and the competitive bidding process.
    • Proven record of driving cost savings throughout an organization.
    • Experience with progressive sourcing tools, such as cost structures, supplier business plans, electronic auctions, multi-year cost savings agreements, etc.
    • Experience leading diverse, multi-functional teams.
    • Excellent negotiation skills.
    • Strong systems skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint. Experience in an Enterprise Resource Planning System such as SAP R3 is favored  
    • Strong problem-solving capability.
    • Superior communication skills.
    • Service-oriented mindset, with a desire to ensure client satisfaction.
    • Desire and aptitude to develop and advance in the professional procurement function.
    • Ability to travel about 20%, including international travel.


    This position provides strong growth and developmental opportunities, the chance to be part of a dynamic global organization with competitive pay and benefits. 


    Axalta Coating Systems is an equal opportunity employer. 


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