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Category Strategy Manager (Flexible/Hybrid Location)

Company: Oshkosh Corp.
Location: Lakeville
Posted on: September 18, 2022

Job Description:

About McNeilus, an Oshkosh company

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc. is an industry leading manufacturer of concrete mixers and refuse truck bodies. McNeilus has long been the industry standard when it comes to transporting concrete to the job site with our rear discharge mixers, as well as the Oshkosh S-Series front discharge mixer. McNeilus also produces a complete line of high-performance rear load, front load, and automated side load refuse bodies to augment any refuse collection fleet.


The Category Strategy Manager will have a deep understanding of multiple level categories of spend or program/product development and is considered the subject matter expert for a category or group of categories of spend. This role has substantial understanding of influencing market drivers and external forces affecting categories and possible multiple categories of spend for decision making. The Category Strategy Manager builds meaningful relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders to ensure value optimization and engagement. This role engages regularly in strategic sourcing and has the ability to formulate, present and gain consensus on category strategies.

The ideal candidate would be located near one of our Oshkosh Locations; ideally in the Midwest.


These duties are not meant to be all-inclusive and other duties may be assigned.

* Mentor and coach multiple category managers across the segment.
* Data analytics and critical thinking skill sin multiple categories of spend; ability to connect supply chain impact to the business, drive peak performance of spend categories.
* Subject matter expert on spends category/commodity, market trends and predicting further trends and impacts.
* Frequent use of data analytics tools to conduct spend and category data analytics; responsible for category spend and performance dashboards and spend synergy visibility.
* Advanced and independent and critical thinking skills to formulate business cost/value opportunities.
* Build meaningful relationships with the supply base in order to regularly impact the value proposition.
* Proficient with engineering/technical drawings and understand technical grammar and language of the business and category.
* Oversight for the effective use of supplier preferencing strategy, supplier engagement model and part taxonomy.
* Lead and support supplier contract negotiations and has skills and ability to mentor/coach.
* Leads internal communication for category and connection to the global marketplace.
* Make deep connections between category management, business goals and value proposition.
* Identify, communicate, and manage supply chain risk and business continuity plans.
* Lead the validation and governance of category/commodity prices including total cost of ownership models.
* Lead strategic sourcing initiatives that capture value for the business, may lead or support a council.
* Build open and trusting relationships with team members through Frequent Meaningful Conversations, ensuring individual development plans are in place.
* Develop meaningful relationships with team members and senior leaders across multiple functional areas, lead through influence.


* Bachelor's degree with seven (7) or more years of experience within in Supply Chain, Strategic Sourcing, or a related field.
* Ability to travel 25-30%.


* Relevant industry related certifications.
* Category Strategy experience within the manufacturing industry.
* Experience mentoring and leading team members through direct reporting relationships or project work.
* Ability to effectively communicate.
* Strong organizational skills with exceptional follow through and attention to detail.
* Strong time-management and prioritization skills, able to multi-task and prioritize competing requirements and meet deadlines.
* Ability to work in a fast-paced environment where requirements are constantly changing.
* Experience and proficiency with various web-based software applications including Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, etc.


* USA100

Oshkosh is committed to working with and offering reasonable accommodation to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to disability for any part of the employment process, please contact us at: 920-502-3009 or

Oshkosh Corporation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. This company will provide equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Information collected regarding categories as provided by law will in no way affect the decision regarding an employment application.

Oshkosh Corporation will not discharge or in any manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with Oshkosh Corporation's legal duty to furnish information.

Certain positions with Oshkosh Corporation require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or the Export Administration Regulations. Applicants for these positions may need to be "U.S. Persons," as defined in these regulations. Generally, a "U.S. Person" is a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or an individual who has been admitted as a refugee or granted asylum.

Keywords: Oshkosh Corp., Lakeville , Category Strategy Manager (Flexible/Hybrid Location), Executive , Lakeville, Minnesota

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