Category Specialist

Position: Category Specialist

Location: Houston/TX, Columbus/OH, Remote

Brand: Corporate

Segment: Operations: Supply Chain

Job Summary:
Assist and execute global sourcing strategies for categories of goods and services as assigned. Plan and implement activities for timely, cost-effective procurement, planning, and on-time delivery of assigned categories of spend. Prioritize and maintain balance between cost of acquisition and cost of possession to maximize return on investment including methodologies to maximize working capital.

Principal Accountabilities:
The Category Specialist provides leadership for the categories of spend assigned and interfaces with platform resources, and end-users in the execution of his/her duties and responsibilities:
  • Assist with supplier sourcing, evaluation and selection, negotiation, performance monitoring, relationship management, and continuous improvement.
  • Work closely with Category Managers, Finance, Engineering, Business Segment Leaders, and Sales & Marketing to develop and maintain technology and/or category strategies.
  • Develop and maintain strong supplier relationships/monitoring entailing supplier site visits, evaluations, audits, and contacts at all levels of their organization.
  • Track and report on supplier strategies, monitoring spend, business allocation, capability gap analysis and facilitate cross-functional review and evaluation.
  • Develop strategies for the mitigation of risk in the supply chain, overall and for specific new product programs.
  • Provide benchmarking studies and market analysis.
  • Support Negotiate buys & long-term agreements for components, raw material, goods, and services to drive productivity and working capital improvement.
  • Organize and lead regular strategic supplier business reviews.
  • Facilitate the support of category analysis (internal and external) in support of the Strategic Sourcing processes.
  • Manage implementation of agreements, integration of key suppliers, and ongoing supplier and contract management for assigned commodities.
  • Assist in the development and enhancement of processes; systems and reporting capabilities to drive efficiencies in providing regional procurement services.
  • Help improve processes and leverage technology to reduce costs, identify and implement best practices, and measure performance.
  • Identify appropriate competitive benchmarks and implements approved process changes necessary to achieve first quintile performance in benchmark group.
  • Develop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis, reduction efforts, and initiatives to achieve the benefits.
  • Generate and present supplier performance metrics to suppliers and manage associated corrective action and continuous improvement initiatives, such as VA-VE, and lead time reduction programs.
  • Perform and/or evaluate root cause problem resolution for all supplier related issues and ensure the integrity of corrective actions.
  • Conduct RFX
  • Organize and facilitate e-auctions.


Education & Experience:
  • 1-3+ years related experience in a Supply Chain or Procurement role
  • Bachelor's Degree from a four-year college or university
  • Purchasing in a Distribution/Manufacturing/Engineered Product environment.
  • Interfacing with engineering and program management teams.
  • Experience in executing Global Supply Chain initiatives & strategic planning.
  • Experience in sourcing, logistics, and/or distribution a plus
  • C.P.M., CPSM, CPSCP, or CPIM certification is preferred.
  • Ability to travel domestically 25-50%
  • Ability to manage long lead-time product deliveries in support of projects/production.
  • Working knowledge of distribution, assembly, service repair, & manufacturing processes.
  • Thorough knowledge of Purchasing Law and Uniform Commercial Code.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, written & verbal.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power BI, PowerPoint, and Project.
  • Thorough understanding of financial impact of decisions.
  • Experience with online eSourcing tools (reverse auctions, RFx's)
  • Previous ERP/MRP experience


At OTC Industrial Technologies, our employees are our greatest strength. Through investment in our people and growth from within, we believe in providing you with various opportunities to accelerate your career potential as you help us drive change to move our business forward.

For over 60 years, employing and developing the best-in-class talent has been at the forefront of our success. By coupling our teams' hands-on experience with a wide range of products from top vendors, we provide customers with the best quality products, technical application expertise, and services at the lowest possible costs.

Working with OTC Industrial Technologies is perfect for purpose-driven individuals motivated to be part of an exciting transformational company.

Perks of Working with OTC Industrial Technologies:

As part of the OTC family, you'll enjoy competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision care coverage and a 401(k) savings plan - Additionally, we offer paid time off, short-and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, tuition assistance, and Employee Assistance Program. You'll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.