Category Manager - Future Factory

Category Manager - Future Factory

Trane Technologies plc | ND, US
Salary Range:$69,000 – $89,000 Salary range estimated by Zippia

Posted 23 days ago

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At Trane TechnologiesTM and through our businesses including Trane® and Thermo King® , we create innovative climate solutions for buildings, homes, and transportation that challenge what’s possible for a sustainable world. We're a team that dares to look at the world's challenges and see impactful possibilities. We believe in a better future when we uplift others and enable our people to thrive at work and at home. We boldly go.

This position is eligible for a Hybrid work schedule and will be based out of our Davidson, NC location. Flexible work from home options available. 

Job Summary: 

The Category Manager - Future Factory role has responsibility for strategic category leadership and leading negotiations for Future Factory purchases for the entire organization. The Category Manager has the critical responsibility of managing business needs with internal partners to identify and manage a supply base to deliver value across all SBUs. 


  • Responsible for strategy development, execution of Procurement processes and supplier relationship management
  • Develop & implement multi-year category strategies with goals to increase spend with preferred suppliers
  • Develop relationships and communication strategies with internal partners to identify business needs and align supply base to achieve strategic direction
  • Responsible for building and managing strategic supplier relationships through formal Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) process to improve supplier performance metrics including quality, delivery, productivity, and innovation
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the sourcing process to ensure spend is awarded to provide the maximum value
  • Lead the development and negotiation of contracts through the contract lifecycle maximizing value while minimizing risk
  • Partner with Regional and Global Procurement teams to ensure delivery of productivity and cost avoidance

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • 7+ years of experience in Procurement/Supply Chain.
  • Sourcing experience in the development and management of a global supply base is required
  • Experience within indirect sourcing is preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in Category Management preferred
  • Demonstrated success includes supplier development across regions, responsibility for high-level negotiations, leading multi-functional projects
  • Strong analytics experience
  • Lean experience beneficial

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Communication Skills – Exhibits enthusiasm, influences customers, represents Procurement with SBU leadership, presentation and messaging skills (understanding the audience)
    • Supply Chain Acumen – Established long-term strategies, champions’ development and utilization of globally competitive tools and processes, drives for optimal business results focused on meeting the needs of the business.
  • Project Management – Collaborates with cross-functional leaders to align objectives, manages global project portfolio, oversees overall implementation.
  • Global Business Thinking/Strategizing - Demonstrates deep global knowledge of suppliers, industry trends, emerging markets, technology, geopolitical changes; drives this knowledge into short and long-term strategies.
  • Problem Solving - Understands customer expectations; keeps abreast of competitor/related industry problems; anticipate and avoid potential problems; supports team problem solving and corrective action plan implementation.
  • Relationship Management – Creates collaborative environment with cross-functional peers, assures regular/appropriate two-way communication flow, builds/maintains relationship with industry peers and supplier leaders, and reinforces lead on voice to the supply base.
  • Change Management – Develops and utilizes change management tools to educate business on key strategies and business objectives to support vision of indirect procurement.

Base Pay Range: $85,000-$125,000. Total compensation for this role will include an incentive plan. 

Disclaimer: This base pay range is based on US national averages. Actual base pay could be a result of seniority, merit, geographic location where the work is performed. 

We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits and programs. We are an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any legally protected status.


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Davidson NC 800E Beaty St, Davidson, North Carolina, United States

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Davidson NC 800E Beaty St, Davidson, North Carolina, United States

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