Axalta Coating Systems

Global Category Manager - Information Technology

Job Locations | US-PA-Glen Mills
Posted Date 3 months ago(3/11/2020 12:49 PM)
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Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. ("Axalta," or the "Company"), is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high-performance coatings systems.  With over a 150-year heritage in the coatings industry, Axalta is known for manufacturing high-quality products with well-recognized brands supported by market-leading technology and customer service.

Over the course of the Company's history, Axalta has remained at the forefront of the industry by continually developing innovative coatings technologies designed to enhance the performance and appearance of customers' products, while improving the customer's productivity and profitability. Axalta's diverse global footprint of 50 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers, 47 customer training centers and more than 14,000 team members allows the Company to meet the needs of customers in over 130 countries. Axalta serves its customer base through an extensive sales force and technical support organization, as well as through approximately 4,000 independent, locally-based distributors. The Company's scale and strong local presence are critical to its success, allowing leverage of the technology portfolio and customer relationships globally while meeting customer demands locally.

Axalta operates its business in two operating segments: Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings, serving four end markets, including:  Refinish, Industrial, Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle, across the following four regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

Primary Responsibilities

We are seeking an experienced Global Category Manager, who will develop and execute global buying strategies across all aspects of the IT category. This includes using state-of-the-art purchasing tools to drive lowest costs for the corporation and negotiating global agreements including prices and terms.  In addition, the position will develop global sourcing strategies, identify new suppliers, align the commodity strategies throughout the organization, perform bid events, negotiate contracts and work with globally decentralized teams to implement contracts.  The position reports to the Global Director Indirect & Logistics Procurement and interacts closely with the regional sourcing organizations as well as supply chain, legal, operations, engineering, sales & marketing.  


  • Lead and influence global procurement strategies across multiple regions for a given category.
  • Accountable for managing an annual category spend of over $150M USD.
  • Influence regional and global teams to achieve alignment and meet procurement goals and objectives.
  • Achieve cost savings and avoidances.
  • Develop global sourcing and procurement strategies.
  • Negotiate global contracts and agreements, including prices and terms.
  • Execute agreements as the Buyer of Record.
  • Lead efforts to identify, qualify, and on-board suppliers.
  • Identify and resolve major disconnects across the procure to pay process for IT purchases. Maintain effective relationships with suppliers and internal clients.
  • Ensures all contract obligations are fulfilled, risks are mitigated, and contracts remain valid throughout their lifecycle. Holds internal organization and suppliers accountable for their actions.
  • Defines and executes a contract management program, while ensuring continuous improvement, variance management, contract compliance and governance for nominated suppliers to guarantee that the appropriate value is secured from contracts.



Minimum Requirements

  • Ability to travel about 20%, including international travel.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. A Master’s degree is a benefit.
  • Three or more years’ indirect procurement experience in IT services, software, hardware, etc.
  • Experience working with and managing substantial category spend.
  • Experience managing supplier and customer relationships and the competitive bidding process.
  • Proven record of driving cost savings throughout an organization.
  • Experience with progressive sourcing tools, such as cost structures, supplier business plans, electronic auctions, multi-year cost savings agreements, etc.
  • Experience leading diverse, multi-functional teams.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong systems skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint. Experience in an Enterprise Resource Planning System such as SAP R3 is favored.
  • Strong problem-solving capability.
  • Superior communication skills.
  • Service-oriented mindset, with a desire to ensure client satisfaction.
  • Desire and aptitude to develop and advance in the professional procurement function.



This position provides strong growth and developmental opportunities, the chance to be part of a dynamic global organization with competitive pay and benefits. 


Axalta Coating Systems is an equal opportunity employer. 



“Please note that Axalta Coating Systems will not accept any candidate profiles sent unrequested and unsolicited by recruiting agencies. Axalta Coating Systems collaborates with preferred providers based on framework agreements and will not pay any fees to recruiting agencies without an agreement. Should Axalta Coating Systems receive a candidate profile form a recruiting agency with which there is no framework agreement, and should the respective candidate be considered or hire, this will not entitle the recruiting agency to claim payment or fees.”



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