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Category Manager - Print, Marketing & Brand Solutions Direct Materials

Brand:  Matthews
Company:  Matthews International Corporation
Line of Business:  MATW Corporate

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15212-5838



We are currently seeking a Category Manager- Print, Marketing, & Brand Solutions Direct Materials that will be responsible for developing, executing, and implementing strategies to source goods and services to support business stakeholders and programs. Strategies may be short-term or long-term and must align with the Company goals for reducing costs and meeting financial expectations while managing vendor relationships and new product innovation. This position will follow the 7 step sourcing process in order to select high-value suppliers and negotiate competitive pricing. In addition, contract compliance and stakeholder management will be keys to the success of this position



  • Developing, directing, and executing strategic sourcing strategies, best practices, and initiatives that support aggressive improvements in supplier consolidation, quality, total cost of ownership, enhanced service levels, improved coordination, delivery, pricing, lead-times, payment, risk compliance, and other areas as identified.
  • Evaluating external markets for competitive sources of supply, conducting market research and using benchmarking data to qualify potential sources.
  • Executing category sourcing strategies including development and execution of sourcing events (RFx, reverse auctions, etc.); document bid process through supplier communication; drive the selection of suppliers in collaboration with cross-functional teams; conduct supplier negotiations; and ongoing supplier management.
  • Aggressively manage category performance by adhering to internal Savings goals and reviewing financial models for commodity type items. Ensure spend portfolio for recurring, managed spend is balanced through coordinated sourcing waves and leveraged with other sourcing activities.
  • Developing negotiation strategies, gain alignment from stakeholders, lead cross-functional category-based negotiation teams, and implement appropriate supplier risk analysis.


  • Cross-functional teams
  • Operations
  • Executive and Business Segment Leadership
  • Business Support functions (such as HR, IT, Finance, etc.)


  • Leading and managing continuous improvement initiatives to drive simultaneous advancement of service levels, quality of goods & services, cost of supply, & favorable working capital terms.
  • Driving consolidation of spend and seek out synergies across Business Units where applicable, by forming and leading cross-functional strategic sourcing teams to develop and implement category/commodity strategies and to drive cost from individual spend sub-categories. Championing regular category review meetings with cross-functional teams to manage category performance.
  • Using current spend information/data and business knowledge to identify sourcing projects for individual subcategories and develop an overall cost reduction plan. Create and defend category strategies and decisions with sound analytics. Collaborate with key analytical support functions; synthesize results.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering or related field.
  • Advanced degree (MBA, Master’s) preferred.
  • 5+ years progressive operational experience in procurement, sourcing or supply chain management; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in business analysis, market research, financial analysis, procurement/supply chain analysis, supplier performance management, analytics (multi-dimensional analysis, master data management, predictive analysis, visualization).
  • Purchasing or Supply Chain Management domain experience (buying, vendor management, supplier evaluation, regulatory compliance, segmentation/taxonomy). 
  • Ability to analyze complex data and present in a meaningful manner, making appropriate recommendations and driving actions (e.g., data validity, profit/loss variance, volume trends, ROI).
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills with a track record of proactive problem resolution within complex supply chains
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as internal and external clients.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and management.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines, and reporting.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning).
  • Periodic travel either locally, nationally, and/or internationally may be required.
  • A high degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications; Advanced Microsoft Excel and database manipulation skills, SAP BI tools.




  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and talk, hear and see.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low/moderate.

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.




At Matthews International, we believe in a world of inspired possibilities. We believe that taking pride in our past inspires growth for the future. And that we all have a responsibility to explore new ways of thinking, working and advancing our craft.  

Globally headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Matthews International is home to a global network of employees operating in three distinct industries—SGK Brand Solutions, Memorialization and Industrial Technologies. We care deeply about what they do each day—because when we’re inspired, we can inspire others. We can make difference that goes beyond expectations—for our clients, our community and our company. 

Our dedication, drive and determination empower creativity and give us strength to transform inspired possibilities into inspiring realities. This is strengthened by our values which are fundamental to our business and guide how we work—to demonstrate integrity, cultivate employees, be our best, innovate and live the Matthews spirit. 


Matthews International affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.  Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.