• Senior Category Manager

    Job Locations US-SC-North Charleston
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Supply Chain/Logistics
  • Overview

    Bold. Energetic. Ingenious. Genuine. These qualities best describe employees who work for Ingevity. We believe it takes extraordinary people to create extraordinary results.


    At Ingevity, we harness the bold spirit, innate curiosity and remarkable ingenuity of our people to develop innovations that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Our products enable oil to flow better, crops to grow fuller, roads last longer, and ensure that the air we all breathe is cleaner.


    Already a leader in markets in which we compete, we leverage our deep technical expertise and knowledge of our customers’ industries to turn complex challenges into powerful possibilities and value-added solutions. We prize creativity and imagination and we’re always looking for a better, smarter way of doing things.

    We know it takes the right people with the right attitude to achieve the improbable. People who understand that there is no challenge too big and no contribution too small. People with the ability to solve and the commitment to stay the course. People who work together to create meaningful impact and exponential results, for our customers and the world around us.


    Our people are our most valued asset, and the foundation of our success. Interested? We thought you might be, and we’re so glad!

    How you will impact Ingevity

    • Have overall responsibility for the chemicals category globally to include leading large cross-functional project teams through the sourcing and procurement process with very limited supervision.
    • Develop a global category plan based on current market conditions and the business environment.
    • Have in-depth knowledge of the chemicals market supplier base.
    • Lead development and execution of complex Sourcing strategies and projects over the medium and long term for chemical raw materials aligned with the goals and objectives of the internal stakeholders.
    • Articulate and gain alignment from senior managers/executives on the implementation of the Sourcing strategies.
    • Bring industry leading Sourcing and procurement practices to execute upon the developed strategies.
    • Responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the supplier relationship management program for key strategic suppliers.
    • Develop negotiation strategies which are aligned with the business strategies and lead those negotiations to completion while pursuing full value and mitigating risk.
    • Analyze financials, market risk, and supply risk for each project and be able to mitigate risk while bringing the best value to Ingevity.
    • In-depth knowledge of legal as well as commercial terms and conditions with the ability to effectively negotiate and draft legal language to mitigate risk.
    • Drive results through analytics, business acumen, personal leadership and developing business cases to support Sourcing initiatives.
    • Consolidate spending and provide thought leadership to achieve organization outcomes while ensuring that Ingevity’s policies and core values are upheld and adhered to.

    What you need to succeed

    • Bachelor’s degree required - Supply Chain Management or Business preferred. MBA and/or CPM/CPSM preferred.
    • At least seven (7) years or more of sourcing experience or equivalent experience in relevant business categories with two years’ minimum experience leading large global sourcing initiatives in the assigned categories for a mature sourcing organization.
    • Experience and knowledge of the markets and suppliers for chemicals such as Pentaerythritol, Ethyleneamines, Nonylphenol, GAA, Maleic and Fumaric.
    • Successfully lead negotiations for global, multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts in direct categories.
    • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with internal senior/executive stakeholders and key suppliers to enable better outcomes
    • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills are necessary to work across all levels of the organization
    • Project management skills preferred
    • Travel up to 25% as required for supplier audits, development, and visits
    • Must be a team player and adapt well to a multitasking, fast paced environment with changing priorities and challenges
    • General knowledge of SAP enterprise software is required

    About us

    Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. 
    With about 1,500 employees worldwide, we operate in 13 countries and serve customers in more than 100 nations. But no matter where we’re doing business, we do things the right way – with a focus on integrity, sustainability, and positively contributing to the communities in which our employees live and work.  
    Ingevity is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled. 


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