Global Category Manager

Date: May 23, 2019

Location: Austin, TX, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Job Requisition ID: 27269 

Department: Manuf. & Operations (DEPT_MFGOP) 


Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS), comprised of the most trusted names in the fuel industry, are global leaders in driving innovation for over 100 years. DFS, the industry's 1st end-to-end fueling solution, provides advanced fuel-dispensing equipment, including systems and payment, automatic tank gauging and wet stock-management solutions. The DFS business is comprised of industry leading brands including Tokheim, Wayne Fueling Systems, Fairbanks, ProGauge, ClearView and OPW Fuel Management Systems. We lead every market we serve with focused expertise, progressive thinking and customer-inspired innovation in order to push the boundaries of performance for our customers and shareholders. To learn more about DFS, visit DFS is part of the Fluids segment of Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV).


A Global Category Manager develops and executes a business strategy that delivers value through total cost of ownership solutions and helps ensure that Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS) has a reliable supply chain.  This is accomplished by managing risks and costs through leveraging DFS and Dover’s requirements worldwide. Category Managers find the materials and suppliers that provide the best value solutions. They coordinate with engineering, manufacturing, and operations to add value and satisfy both internal and external customers.


Main Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Serves our customers (Operations, Engineering, Finance, Sales, and End Customers) and ensures a cost competitive continuity of supply for existing parts and services as well as for new product development and introduction.
  • Develops strategic sourcing strategy for mechanically related categories of procurement.
  • Develop, negotiate, and administer contracts for key suppliers; manage supplier base.
  • Develop category and commodity strategies based on DFS volumes, Dover volumes, or volumes of future acquisitions. 
  • Identify areas of risk within the supply chain; implement appropriate mitigation measures.
  • Maintain knowledge of market industry trends within an area of expertise and communicate potential impact on business.  Focus on metals and fabrications, etc.
  • Monitor changes affecting supply and demand; track market conditions, price trends, and futures markets.
  • Monitor supplier market characteristics regularly; identifies opportunities resulting from market shifts and takes advantage of such shifts.
  • Work with all functions and users to ensure internal customer needs are met.
  • Manage supplier performance (quality, delivery, total cost)
  • Maintain overall supplier relationships, establish annual cost-out, quality, and on-time delivery targets with key suppliers. Provide regular performance feedback to suppliers, Quality Business Reviews (QBR’s) and drive corrective actions as required.
  • Enforce terms and conditions of purchase orders and other agreements and compliance with legal requirements and Company policy. Resolve nonconformance issues, back-charges and claims in a timely manner to minimize the Company's exposure.
  • Oversee performance management (cost, reliability, quality) of suppliers.
  • Develop supplier spend reports to identify targeted improvements; leverages value for the company.
  • Seeks opportunities to expand diverse supplier spend.
  • Lead Continuous Improvement events with suppliers; improves total cost of ownership.
  • Manage cost and assets (cost, productivity, inventory)
  • Implement sourcing design changes to improve reliability in operations and reductions in costs.
  • Work with operations and business team to design optimal source points and shipping arrangements.
  • Operate on a daily basis to meet reliability objectives for customer supply
  • Works with the Operations team to maximize value across the supply chain and drive a culture of continual improvement.



  • 4-year degree with a preference for supply chain, MBA beneficial.
  • 10 years experience in sourcing with increasing responsibility.
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating supplier agreements.
  • 5 years experience with the mechanical commodities: Metals – stamping, fabrication, castings, extrusions, fittings, tubing, Plastics – injection molding, extrusions, vacuum-formed, valves, molded rubber, hydraulics, bearings, c-class items(hardware, etc.).
  • Experience in developing strategic sourcing strategies for either regional or global implementation.
  • Familiarity with “lean” processes – manufacturing, problem-solving tools.



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Texas : Austin

Nearest Major Market: Austin

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