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Danaher Corporation Global Category Manager, Resins & Polymers in Richmond, Virginia

At ChemTreat, we understand and respect the awe-inspiring power of water to impact industries, and to sustain and enhance lives. Our 2,000 associates across North and South America maximize this power for our customers—from power producers to food and beverage companies to the automotive industry.

When you join the nation's largest and fastest growing specialty chemical company dedicated solely to industrial water treatment, you’ll work side-by-side with those customers, helping them save millions of dollars and grow their businesses, all while protecting people and the environment. Our “whatever-it-takes” mindset allows us to turn our 50 years of experience and innovative thinking into meaningful outcomes for our customers—and rewarding careers for our people .

ChemTreat is proud to be one of Danaher's Water Quality companies. Motivated by the highest possible stakes of climate change and global health, we’re working together within a rapidly digitizing industry to find innovative technologies that guarantee the safety of our water and our environment.


The communities we belong to – the bonds we build with the people we care about – are integral to fostering our successes. From the bonds we create with customers to foster loyalty and respect, to the bonds we create with our local community outside of work hours – relationships shape our success. We’re building a better world by building lasting bonds.

Building: We’re doers. Our tools are innovation, experience, and dedication.

Lasting: We’re always there. We embrace an unwavering commitment to the future.

Bonds: We’re your neighbors. We value relationships with our customers and communities.

About the role

The Global Category Manager will have direct responsibility for managing a category of direct material purchases that span ChemTreat’s business. You will ensure best cost positions in the category and will be an expert in the market for the items in that category. We will rely on you to develop and implement sourcing strategies to meet quality, delivery, cost, lead time, and other goals. You will lead negotiations with suppliers to achieve those strategies, and sustain a competitive advantage. If you are self-motivated with strong consultative and problem-solving skills this could be a great opportunity for you!

  • Execute on projects that will achieve year over year price savings within the managed categories

  • Develop an overall supplier base which creates and sustains a competitive advantage, utilizing global market exploitation, leveraging spending and technologies

  • Develop and deliver clear category management plans that will include but are not limited to:

    o Evaluating existing supply relationships, volume allocations and spend

    o Set goals and objectives based upon annual requirements and business objectives.

    o Review with impacted business leaders for alignment.

  • Lead the analysis of relevant markets and provide insight from that analysis to internal and external customers

  • Conduct commodity specific competitor and industry analysis to identify cost, material selection, best in class manufacturing practices and material sourcing to improve the company’s competitive position

  • Play an active role in resolving and systematically mitigating critical quality and delivery issues with suppliers; comprehensive ownership of supplier performance.

  • Stay informed of changing environmental, social responsibility and diversity standards, regulations, and laws.

  • Build cost models for price forecasting and to secure better than market pricing

  • Implementation of good supplier management practices

  • Coordinates with demand planners to improve inventory turnover

  • Involvement in the local leadership of the business operations

  • Mentoring analysts to develop a funnel of future category managers

Are you qualified?

  • Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 3-5 years of experience with Category Management; or five to seven years experience in lieu of degree demonstrating proficiency in strategic sourcing or category management experience

  • Chemical Engineering or Chemistry experience, education, or acumen preferred

  • Negotiation acumen required

  • Strong financial acumen and experience in business case development, cost modeling and other financial decision approaches

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects across categories, commodities, suppliers, and business functions

  • Strong Microsoft Suite experience, and SAP or equivalent system knowledge required

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 80,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

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