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Sr Mgr Category Management, Direct Materials

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Date: Feb 1, 2023

Location: Lakewood, US

Company: Terumo BCT, Inc.

Requisition ID:  30373  


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, our 7,000+ global associates proud to come to work each day, knowing that what we do impacts the lives of patients around the world.


We make medical devices and related products that are used to collect, separate, manufacture and process various components of blood and cells. With our innovative technologies and service offerings, we touch a patient’s life every second of every day and are committed to continuing to increase the number of patients we serve.


With some of the best and brightest minds in the industry, an unmatched global footprint, comprehensive benefits and a distinct culture, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a great place to work, grow and be part of a team that is focused on making a difference. Consider joining our team and unlock your potential. 

Sr. Manager, Category Management, Direct Materials



This job is part of the Global Procurement Organization and is responsible for overall Direct Materials Category for supporting Terumo Plants globally.


Optimize supplier relationships while maximizing value and ensuring uninterrupted product flow. Develop plans and implements short and long-term strategies for supplier management programs. Partnering with Manufacturing Operations, I&D, Supplier Quality and Regional Procurement, this manager will provide leadership, strategic thinking, and expertise for driving global Supply Chain strategy for initiatives related to sustaining and NPI as it relates to working with suppliers or any of our related processes. This position is responsible for the development of supplier relations required for supplier programs.



  1. Development and implementation of global category strategies to support portfolio (current and/or future) based on knowledge of global markets, suppliers, and competitive landscape.
  2. Coaches’ direct reports and/or provides direction to team using general policies and management guidance related to the tasks and projects.
  3. Ensure that all direct reports within the function set and meet targets that support near and long-term business objectives. Ensure that all team members have priorities that are clear, realistic, and manageable.
  4. NPI: Lead decision making process for supplier selection related to New Product Initiatives and work with I&D, SQE and suppliers to define specifications.
  5. SPO: Identify and propose alternate materials/sources to I&D and Operations during the product life cycle for improving value and mitigating risk.
  6. Review supplier performance reports consistent with agreed requirements to insure consistency with quality, service, and delivery objectives.
  7. Measure quality of procurement performance through metrics and feedback from constituent customer groups. Develop, maintain, promote, and distribute key performance indicators to ensure continuous improvement.
  8. Ensure optimal partnerships that facilitate sustainable performance levels with suppliers through both formal programs and informal meetings.
  9. Eliminate barriers and resolve escalated procurement issues. Assertively champion a culture of continuous improvement within the Procurement department.
  10. Act as an active member of the cross-divisional Terumo Corporate (TC) Procurement Committee, investigate, negotiate and approve all contracts for major materials used across TC companies.
  11. Develop strong, ethical relationships with World Class suppliers and ensure that activities surrounding dealing with suppliers are conducted under the auspices of good business practices and consistent with the Terumo Code of Ethics.
  12. Perform ad-hoc operational activities – Perform ad-hoc, exceptional/unique or high visibility, BA/BU-specific operational activities when needed due to requirements, or capacity.





Bachelor’s Degree (Engineering, Accounting or like); MBA desirable.



8-10 years’ of diversified procurement and operational experience in business, technical, and managerial functions.



  • Knowledge and use of relevant PC software applications (SAP, Power BI, Ariba, etc) and skills to use them effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Highly self-motivated team player who can work effectively with management, business unit personnel, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with diplomacy and tact while maintaining appropriate assertiveness and persistence.
  • Proven leadership skills with the demonstrated ability to influence others.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Experience in planning and executing processes.
  • Solid negotiation skills and Contract management.
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking skills and the demonstrated ability to solve complex problems.
  • Knowledge of internal TerumoBCT organizations, structure, and key players preferred.



Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • APICS and/or CPSM certification or willingness to work towards same.


An equivalent competency level acquired through a variation of these qualifications may be considered.




Typical Office Environment requirements include: reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, walking, bending, sitting, and occasional lifting up to 20 pounds.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


Additional Physical Requirements

There will be an occasional requirement to work outside of normal business hours, consistent with other global positions.

US and International travel will be required at < 30%.


Target Pay Range:  $138,200.00 to $172,700.00  -  Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data
Target Bonus on Base:  20.0%


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, we provide competitive total reward offerings that consist of compensation, benefits, recognition, along with a wealth of other well-being, work-life and recognition programs which support in unlocking the potential for you and your family. Included in our expansive list of benefits offerings are multiple group medical, dental and vision plans, a robust wellness program, life insurance and disability coverages, also a variety of voluntary programs such as group accident, hospital indemnity, critical illness, pet insurance and much more. To help you save for retirement, we offer a 401(k) plan with a matching contribution and for work-life balance we have vacation and sick time programs for associates. For us, it’s about protecting the personal welfare of our associates and their families, helping to achieve personal goals and offering those extra touches for convenience, security and overall peace of mind.


  • Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is part of Terumo Group, founded in 1921 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • In 2019, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies reached $1 billion in revenue.
  • We employ nearly 7,000 associates globally, with global headquarters in Lakewood, CO, U.S., and regional headquarters in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo.
  • We manufacture devices, disposable sets and solutions at our facilities in Belgium, India, Japan, Northern Ireland, the U.S. and Vietnam. Our global presence enables us to serve customers in more than 130 countries.
  • Our core values help set our direction, guide our actions and keep us true to our corporate mission of contributing to society through healthcare.
    • Respect – Appreciative of others
    • Integrity – Guided by our mission
    • Care – Empathetic to patients
    • Quality – Committed to excellence
    • Creativity – Striving for innovation
  • We contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), raising $1.3 million USD since 2007.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service.


Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure working environment. Our Colorado campus locations are tobacco-free workplaces and we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and detailed background verification. Absent accommodation permitted by applicable law, as a condition of employment with Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies in the United States you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide valid proof of vaccination to the company.

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