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Category Manager

Leggett & Platt
Shanghai, China
Closing date
1 Jul 2024

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Category management
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Full Time
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Leggett & Platt's overall mission is a commitment to enhance lives - by delivering quality products, offering empowering and rewarding careers, and doing our part in bringing about a better future.

Leggett & Platt's inventive heritage and leadership in the residential products industry span more than 130 years. As The Components People, we are the leading supplier of a wide range of products and components for all areas of life, including mattress springs and carpet cushion, as well as bedding machinery and erosion-control products.

From aerospace tubing and fabricated assemblies to flooring underlayment and carpet cushion, Leggett & Platt has divisions that design, manufacture, and sell a variety of products. Our reliable product development and launch capability, coupled with our global footprint, make us a trusted partner for customers in the aerospace, hydraulic cylinders, flooring, textile, and geo components industries.

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Leggett & Platt Automotive is a global provider of wire forms, mechanical control cables, wireless charging, as well as seat lumbar, suspension, bolster, actuator, and motor systems. In addition to these award-winning, category-leading products, we offer tailored goods due to our expertise in product development and attention to market trends. Our unique competitive advantages give us unmatched insight into the demands of the consumer.

Learn more about Leggett & Platt Automotive: Leggett & Platt Automotive

1.Lead, inspire and coach the category team. Lead the development of global category strategies for a components
and/or raw materials (with Commodity), optimizing year-over-year improvements in cost, quality, and supports
ongoing business and strategic priorities. Partner with cross-functional leadership to establish mutual goals that align
with strategic plans
2.Develop and maintain relationships with key internal stake holders; secure cross functional buy in to his
Commodity strategies, develop comprehensive communication and execution plans.
3.Execute contracts reflecting the results of sourcing initiatives that adequately manage business and supply risks
with appropriate legal terms and conditions. Foster performance based relationship with external suppliers;
monitor all risks within the commodity supply base; adapt the procurement strategies for mitigation actions.
4.Track and forecast regional/global commodity markets impacting the Category. On a monthly basis, provide input
to Sales for commodity changes. Analyze projected material commodity pricing, recommend monthly top level
5.Identify areas within the commodity of sub-optimized cost and value, and implement actions to address such
6.Defines & implement a Commodity Value Optimization strategy in collaboration with procurement team (Regional
procurement / SD / Logistic).
7.In charge to support productivity actions of his commodity in Regions related to the global material spend, to
evaluate the feasibility of the productivity ideas and ensure the implementation. Consolidate worldwide activities.
Apply the commodity strategy of his Category in his region
8.Ensure the financial tracking of his category on monthly basis. Develops and implements strategies to attract highly
skilled and engaged team members. Build a succession and development plan for the entire Category organization
that encourages investment in skills, the evolution of capabilities and harvesting of the right competencies and
talent for the function.

1.Proven leadership skills. Capable to lead a global team.
2.Minimum of 10 years in a Category/commodity management position, or related experience, with global
3.Experience in a Manufacturing environment, Automotive experience preferred.
4.Demonstrated experience in building cost models to understand should cost, and how to apply the knowledge
to achieve results.

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  • Put People First reflects our commitment to safety and care of each other, learning and development, and creating an inclusive environment of mutual respect, empathy and belonging.
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