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Category & Project Sourcing Manager

Requisition ID:  11780
Category:  Purchasing
Career level:  Professional
Contract type:  Permanent

Category Buyer / Project Sourcing Manager




Reports to:  Global Strategic Purchasing Manager

Location:  Flowery Branch, GA



SKF Group Purchasing plays a vital role to the success of SKF by providing our businesses with a world-class global supplier base. We are a global community collaborating across borders on both a strategic and operational level. As a professional partner to SKF businesses, we participate throughout the complete value chain of sales, product development, sourcing and aftermarket processes. We contribute to the bottom-line result of SKF and deliver value by using a category-driven purchasing and a business-oriented approach. Our multifaceted expertise secures SKF with a top performing purchasing organization.

To further strengthen our team and its contribution to the factories we are now looking for a:

Category Manager USA , Steel Raw Material, NAM (50%)

Project Sourcing Manager, Flowery Branch (50%)


The position will be direct reporting to the Group Global Strategic Purchasing Manager for Steel Raw Material and dotted line to PL Purchasing Manager in FB.


For the Project Sourcing part of the position, key areas are to execute and implement projects for the factory that require new suppliers and/or involve new products/services or new technology, and other agreed projects as assigned.


For the Category Manager part of the position, key areas are development and management of new and present SKF’s suppliers for steel and hot rolled rings to support the competitiveness of SKF’s USA factories.


Skills and experience within Purchasing area are strong advantages for the positions. Important technical understanding, as well as other commercial- and negotiation experiences, are also advantages.




Category Manager SRM & HRR USA (50%)

  • Develop local supplier base and implement the localization activities to build a world class supplier base in USA
  • Implement agreed Category Strategies and the relevant tactics to achieve them
  • Negotiate new contracts with suppliers
  • Develop, analyze and communicate supply market analysis, purchasing scenarios and related commercial/legal information
  • Searching, development of existing and new suppliers to ensure cost savings with high quality products and on-time deliveries
  • Ensure that purchased products meet SKF requirements and a well functioning delivery process of purchased products to SKF Factories
  • Drive and support implementation of cost reduction projects
  • Drive and follow up on business development for new projects
  • RFQ handling and Sourcing project running
  • Manage Supplier Relationship Managements (SRM) for assigned suppliers


Project Sourcing Manager USA (50%)

  • Contribute to work package definition, to deliver the planned project results & keep the time plan.
  • Secure that suppliers project plans are aligned with SKF project plan.
  • Secure suppliers are selected & contracted in time.
  • Ensure SQA activities are performed at supplier locations; secure suppliers are PPAP approved to ensure zero defect from start.
  • Work in close collaboration & alignment with the Global Category organization, with colleagues in the PLine PU organisations and with other GPU functions




  • Demonstrated experience and results in purchasing, sales or manufacturing
  • Good system knowledge and analytical skills
  • Ability to understand a supply market,
  • Excellent negotiations skills
  • Project Management experience
  • Experience from Direct Material purchasing is a plus as well manufacturing or Business Development
  • Willingness and the ability to travel frequently in USA.
  • Bachelor’s degree within relevant area or equivalent working experience


What You’ll Love About SKF:

Rest and Relaxation. Enjoy a robust PTO policy and 13 paid holidays!


Work/Life Balance. A possibility for flexibility and an opportunity for occasional remote work.


Health and Wellness Benefits.  SKF cares about the wellbeing of our employees. Many options for best in class medical and dental plans to fit your needs; a wellness plan that includes biometric screening and health risk assessment for you and your spouse and incentives for healthy living!


Invest in your Future. SKF offers amazing retirement options! Participate in our 401K program that boasts a 100% match up to 5% of your elected contribution (100% Vested).  And regardless of your participation, SKF automatically contributes 5% into your account per pay period (3 Years Vesting).


Much more! Growth opportunities, tuition reimbursement, voluntary critical illness coverage, voluntary legal plan, employee assistance program, life insurance, vehicle discount programs, mobile phone discounts, and with so many benefits to working for SKF, we could not name them all!




About SKF

SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in SEK is around 75 billion and the number of employees ca 41,000.

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville GA