Category Manager Procurement - Houston, TX

Category Manager Procurement - Houston, TX

American President Lines | TX, US
Salary Range:$71,000 – $97,000 Salary range estimated by Zippia

Posted 25 days ago

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Houston Tx, US

Category Manager Procurement - Houston, TX

CEVA Logistics provides global supply chain solutions to connect people, products and providers all around the world. We are supply chain experts. We live and breathe logistics every day. Above all, we believe that this is a people business. That’s why we are building a global culture of teamwork and respect. We encourage initiative, and we engage and empower our diverse workforce to grow their careers within CEVA.

CEVA Logistics offers a broad range of end-to-end, customized solutions in both Contract Logistics and Freight Management thanks to our approximately 98,000 employees at more than 1,000 facilities in 160 countries worldwide. With the recent acquisition of the former Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services business, we are building one of the world’s leading end-to-end eCommerce service offerings through the dedication and passion of our people—the heartbeat of our organization. As we continue growing at a fast pace, will you “Dare to Grow” with us?


Responsible for managing the procurement aspects of two high volume, high spend areas in the NA cluster: Warehouse consumables and IT. Warehouse consumables activities include sourcing, purchasing, leasing, rental, maintenance and disposal. IT responsibilities include working closely with the IT Department to source and execute IT hardware, software, maintenance and telecom purchases. Models and acts in accordance with our guiding principles and core values.


  • Manage all Warehouse consumables procurement activities, including sourcing, RFQ’s, field support, fuel negotiation, lease driver sourcing and contract, onboard technology, equipment specifications and development, asset disposals, asset purchases, oversight on all maintenance activities and DOT SmartWay certification.
  • Manage the purchase of packaging, label, printers including specs, sourcing, negotiation and supplier selection.
  • Develop leading edge equipment specifications and standards to optimize requirements.
  • Evaluate existing and source new national, regional and local sourcing programs to cut cost, reduce downtime and improve service levels.
  • Negotiate a best-in-class transport equipment and maintenance pricing.

• Perform audit and negotiating function on large dollar maintenance expenditures.

• Create effective monthly MPG management reporting.

• Source, negotiate and manage tire national account programs.

  • Maximize gains on the disposal of company assets by increasing the market size of potential buyers and by negotiating favorable pricing.
  • Enhance the asset management function though effective utilization monitoring and timely repositioning and disposal of surplus assets.
  • Manage the company’s Warehouse consumables initiates.
  • Perform fleet assessment to secure annual DOT SmartWay certification.
  • Support the BD and ZDS teams in efforts to secure new business or maintain existing accounts.

Manage the CEVA CL, FM and Ground IT procurement.

  • Establish key strategic relationships to leverage scale and provide competitive cost and service advantages.
  • Assist with IT equipment sourcing and specifications for scanners, laptops, desktops, servers, routers and thermal label printers. Negotiate purchase and lease contracts for all office equipment, including MFDs, document scanners and mail machines. Negotiate and manage annual and/or preventative maintenance programs and audits on IT equipment including hardware, software, dock scanners and MFDs.
  • Drive cost savings through operational control, best practices and asset utilization.
  • Ensure internal control and compliance with corporate purchasing policies and procedures (i.e., I-Procurement, AFE’s, AP audits and monitoring of authorization requests and supplier selection).
  • Perform software selection and negotiation.
  • Manage and oversee Technology Buyer’s responsibilities - processes financial transactions to IT vendors and responds to vendor inquiries, answers internal questions regarding the products and services provided by IT vendors, researches vendors of IT related products and services, recommends purchase of hardware and software in alignment with company and industry standards, troubleshoots any existing problems with vendor products and services, maintains relationships with vendor contacts, in order to resolve complaints and to report the status of the relationship to senior management, monitors vendor compliance with contractual obligations and measures performance based on company criteria, approves recommendations of new products, services and vendors, develops, or assists in the development of Request for Information (RFIs), Request for Proposal (RFPs) and business cases, ensures that products and services meet the needs of internal customers, participates in the negotiation process of service level agreements and ensures that contractual obligations are met and pursues new vendor relationships when necessary, seeks to achieve the most profitable service from vendors.
  • May initiate contract changes when required.
  • Serves as the point of contact for both internal customers and vendors.


Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of fleet and IT operational and procurement experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of CL and FM businesses.
  • Knowledge of high value negotiation and sourcing processes and methodologies.
  • Strong technical understanding and in-depth knowledge of transport equipment and IT specifications and applications.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Engineering or related.


  • Strong financial understanding and fundamental knowledge of accounting and financial statements.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, internet, web-based and job specific software applications.
  • Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities.
  • Analytical, problem solver, self-starter, good communicator, leader, strong negotiation skills.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize in demanding environments with tight deadlines.
  • Capable of communicating and relating to all levels of the organization verbally and in written form.

Travel: some to sites when needed.


With a genuine culture of recognition, we want our employees to grow, develop and be part of our journey. We offer a benefits package with a focus on your wellbeing. This includes competitive Paid Time Off, 401(k), health insurance and an employee benefits platform that offers discounts on gym memberships and a diverse range of retail, travel, car and hospitality brands, including important offerings like pet insurance.

We are a team in every sense, and we support each other and work collaboratively to achieve our goals together.

It is our goal that you will be compensated for your hard work and commitment, so if you’d like to work for one of the top Logistics providers in the world then let’s work together to help you find your new role.


We value your professional and personal growth. That’s why we share plenty of career opportunities for you to thrive within CEVA. This role can be the first step on your career path with us. You can stay in the same job family, find a new family to grow in ( an almost limitless number of options ) or find your own path. Join CEVA for a challenging and rewarding career.

CEVA operates in a multicultural, global environment and is a richly diverse organization operating seamlessly as one company. We aim to attract, motivate and retain the best people in our industry, whatever their background. We share the same passion to deliver world-class solutions to our customers. We have the best supply chain professionals in the industry and develop this talent in an inspiring work environment.

CEVA Logistics is proud to be an equal opportunity work place and an affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities.

Please note: Legitimate CEVA Logistics recruitment processes include communication with candidates through recognized professional networks, such as LinkedIn or via an official company email address: We recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers from people with whom you are unfamiliar.

Information provided is true and accurate. False statements or information will result in the application voided.

Outstanding benefits for employee and family including multiple health plans(company contribution to health savings account), prescription, dental and vision coverage.
Company paid life insurance, accident insurance, short- and long-term disability coverage and employee assistance plan.
Voluntary benefits including additional life insurance, AD&D coverage, buy-up short- and long-term disability, critical illness, identify theft & legal plan.
401(k) with company match.
Flexible Paid Time Off programs including company paid holidays.
Tuition reimbursement program.