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Category Manager (Capital Expenditures)

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
Hilliard, OH 43026
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We are looking for a Category Manager to join our team!

At ADS, no idea is off limits, and we celebrate creativity and bold moves. For more than 50 years ADS has been manufacturing a variety of innovative and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional materials. Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, we are a multi-billion dollar stormwater management company, manufacturing pipe and ancillary products. What does that mean? When it storms, we capture rain with our drain basins, convey it with pipe, store it using chambers and finally treat it with our water quality products, before safely returning water back to the environment. We handle, what we call, the entire lifecycle of a raindrop. Our products help prevent flooding, which increases quality of life for people living in large cities, suburbs, and rural towns. We also believe in creating a circular economy and are the second largest plastic recycling company in North America. We use plastic shampoo and detergent bottles to create pipe, diverting over 500 million pounds of plastic from landfills every year. ADS operates a global network of over 60 manufacturing plants and 30 distribution centers.

We have amazing stories to tell, and we need your help getting our story out there. To learn more about ADS, please visit our website at www.adspipe.com.


The successful candidate will provide both strategic and operational procurement support for Capital Expenditure projects through driving excellence in contract management, vendor selection and procurement activities for large investment projects. The CAPEX Category Manager will serve as a liaison between the Purchasing organization, vendors, projects teams, engineering, and senior leadership to ensure timely and complete equipment /component / materials deliveries to support successful execution of projects and meeting quality, budget and schedule requirements.

This position relies on strong leadership and drive towards results, a high degree of internal and external cross-functional collaboration and relationship management, technical aptitude, good organizational and communication skills, and the ability to lead the execution of strategic sourcing processes that enable the achievement of business objectives. Must be customer service oriented and a solid team player.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead strategic Procurement initiatives such as industry and market analysis & benchmarking, risk mitigation plans, supplier performance improvement plans, etc.
  • Lead commercial negotiations for CAPEX projects and work with the legal team to formalize the final contracts with vendors
  • Drive the key strategic Procurement initiatives for the category, including KPI, TCO
  • Develop, manage, and execute overall contracting/procurement strategy for CAPEX projects with the objective of minimizing project risks while meeting cost/schedule/quality requirements
  • Build relationships with internal teams to ensure appropriate involvement of the purchasing function at the earliest stage of the process to define the best procurement strategies to reduce cost and ensure timely completion of assigned projects
  • Responsible for development and implementation of contracting and procurement best practices across all large CAPEX projects, including vendor qualification, RFQ process, negotiations, contract development and administration.
  • Develop new and alternate sources of supply manage Strategic Suppliers Performance
  • Manage interactions between project teams, vendors, purchasing organization, extended support functions and senior leadership to support project procurement and contracting needs while optimizing cost, cash flow, quality, and service.
  • Oversee delivery of equipment and materials to the project site, including monitoring of compliance with terms and conditions as well as conformity of deliveries to ensure timely and complete deliveries
  • Ensure compliance of contracting and procurement operations with all company policies and procedures
  • Ensure organizational alignment with sourcing strategies

Educational Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree preferably in Business, Supply Chain Management, related Operations discipline, or Engineering
  • An MBA or advanced degree is preferred

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with ERP & Oracle Financial systems, Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • 5+ years of experience in a purchasing function in heavy manufacturing & multi-tasking environment
  • Proven experience of successful execution of procurement activities for CAPEX projects
  • Extensive experience in successfully leading and conducting the negotiation of contracts across technical, commercial, and legal areas
  • Ability to effectively manage internal and external stakeholder in high pace and high-pressure environment
  • Excellent negotiations and communications skills with ability to persuade and influence

Physical Requirements:

  • Travel up to 50%



Posted: 2022-05-10 Expires: 2022-06-10

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