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Category Manager

Date:  Jan 26, 2023

Chattanooga, TN, US, 37405

Req ID:  25765
Onsite or Remote:  Partial Remote Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including TimberPro, Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Manage sourcing activities across Komatsu North America.  Identify and qualify suppliers capable of providing products and services to meet OE and Aftermarket requirements in accordance with SLQDC principals; ensuring productivity, continuous improvement, and negotiated lowest total overall cost. 
  • Develop specific category strategies for single or multiple categories of spend. i.e. Steel, Castings, Forgings, Machining, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Electronics, Indirect, etc.
  • Standardize Contracts and Master Purchase Agreements for category purchases as directed by the business strategies and corporate goals.  
  • Analyze technical data, designs, preliminary specifications, manufacturing limitations, supplier facilities, and availability of parts, equipment and services. 
  • Lead and participate in team collaborations where category management expertise is required.  Ensure category strategy is reflective of business goals, communicated, and executed.
  • Monitor supply markets and commodity trending for competitive changes and prepare cost models for respective category.
  • Primary owner of Supplier Relationship Management for strategic supply base within given category.
  • Be a leader and work independently to establish strategy timeline, managing deliverables, and ability to appropriately identify and escalate issues when needed.



  • Ideal candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Operations Management, or Business. An associate’s degree in combination with relevant experience in Purchasing, Materials, or Engineering background with a specialized knowledge on a focused group of commodities will be considered. 
  • Must possess analytical/critical thinking skills
  • CPIM, CSCP or CPM Certification a plus


  • 5+ years of relevant working experience
  • Experience working in an ERP environment (SAP a plus)
  • MS Office aptitude 

Technical Skills

  • The position requires a broad knowledge and thorough understanding and experience commodity knowledge, and experience in category or commodity management with strong negotiation skills, demonstration of supplier relationship management and leadership capabilities. 
  • Very self-motivated, must be a good communicator with strong analytical skill and the ability to build a highly professional working relationship with each supplier and internally to promote maximum benefit of the supplier agreements.
  • Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.  Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and technical specifications preferred.
  • Knowledge of Komatsu products is desired but not necessary.
  • Knowledge of Supply Chain programs (Consignment, Kanban, JIT, VMI, Lean, CI, etc.) and ability to manage project execution of these programs.

Personal Attributes 

  • Professional and Positive attitude.
  • Strong relational skills, ability to work with all departments, fosters teamwork and a positive work environment.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Must be able to prioritize assignments.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills (written and verbal) with a strong focus on customer service.
  • Ability to influence peers and lead cross functional teams.
  • Leverage strong influence and communication abilities across diverse cultures.

Systems skills:  

  • SAP, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Aribia

Additional Information

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga

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