Category Manager (Capital Expenditures)

Job Locations US-OH-Hilliard
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/12/2021 4:59 PM)
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Columbus, oh



We are looking for Category Manager (Capital Expenditures) to join our team!


The successful candidate will provide both strategic and operational procurement support for CAPEX projects through driving excellence in contract management, vendor selection and procurement activities for large investment projects. The CAPEX Category Manager will serve as a liaison between the Purchasing organization, vendors, projects teams, engineering and senior leadership to ensure timely and complete equipment /component / materials deliveries to support successful execution of projects and meeting quality, budget and schedule requirements.

This position relies on strong leadership and drive towards results, a high degree of internal and external cross-functional collaboration and relationship management, technical aptitude, good organizational and communication skills, and the ability to lead the execution of strategic sourcing processes that enable the achievement of business objectives. Must be customer service oriented and a solid team player.


Primary Job Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead strategic Procurement initiatives such as industry and market analysis & benchmarking, risk mitigation plans, supplier performance improvement plans, etc
  • Lead commercial negotiations for CAPEX projects and work with the legal team to formalize the final contracts with vendors
  • Drive the key strategic Procurement initiatives for the category, including KPI, TCO
  • Develop, manage, and execute overall contracting/procurement strategy for CAPEX projects with the objective of minimizing project risks while meeting cost/schedule/quality requirements
  • Build relationships with internal teams to ensure appropriate involvement of the purchasing function at the earliest stage of the process to define the best procurement strategies in order to reduce cost and ensure timely completion of assigned projects
  • Responsible for development and implementation of contracting and procurement best practices across all large CAPEX projects, including vendor qualification, RFQ process, negotiations, contract development and administration.
  • Develop new and alternate sources of supply manage Strategic Suppliers Performance
  • Manage interactions between project teams, vendors, purchasing organization, extended support functions and senior leadership to support project procurement and contracting needs while optimizing cost, cash flow, quality and service.
  • Oversee delivery of equipment and materials to the project site, including monitoring of compliance with terms and conditions as well as conformity of deliveries to ensure timely and complete deliveries
  • Ensure compliance of contracting and procurement operations with all company policies and procedures
  • Ensure organizational alignment with sourcing strategies

Job Skills
This position should possess the following skills/knowledge:

  • Demonstrated capability of developing sourcing strategies
  • Experience in developing and maintaining supply agreements and contracts
  • Excellent Negotiation Skills at all organizational Levels
  • Proven ability in successfully executing strategic sourcing processes
  • Ability to multitask and maintain the efficiency associated with the workload
  • Demonstrated strong change management and organizational transformation skills.
  • Track record of delivering significant bottom line impact through deployment of sourcing strategies
    Strong computer skills (Excel, MS word, Oracle ERP knowledge, Power BI, email).

Educational Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree preferably in Business, Supply Chain Management, related Operations discipline, or Engineering.
  • An MBA or advanced degree is preferred

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with ERP & Oracle Financial systems, Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • 5+ years of experience in a purchasing function in heavy manufacturing & multi-tasking environment
  • Proven experience of successful execution of procurement activities for CAPEX projects
  • Extensive experience in successfully leading and conducting the negotiation of contracts across technical, commercial, and legal areas
  • Ability to effectively manage internal and external stakeholder in high pace and high-pressure environment
  • Excellent negotiations and communications skills with ability to persuade and influence

Physical Requirements:

  • Travel up to 50%

Why ADS?

Although our products are typically underground and go unnoticed by most people, we come to work every day to provide society cleaner, more sustainable, longer lasting water management products that allow people to continue to live their lives comfortably and healthy.


ADS products prevent fields from eroding and homes from flooding. They keep crops growing, roads and airports in use and prevent contamination of local waterways.  The work we do is highly valuable to society and vitally important to our environment, our planet, our health and our quality of life.  Learn more here.


With a history of breaking new ground and advancing our industry, Advanced Drainage Systems seeks talented people looking to make an impact on a growing, dynamic company. Since our founding, we've built ADS into an industry leader thanks to the work of associates who recognize the vital importance of water management.


Living a healthy, well-balanced life with the ability to achieve success –- professionally, financially and emotionally -- is what ADS team members want for themselves, and what ADS wants for its team members.


Thank you for your interest in our company and this opportunity!

EEO Statement

Advanced Drainage Systems is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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