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Senior Strategic Sourcing/Category Manager-Indirect

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

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15212-5838



We are currently seeking a global Senior Strategic Sourcing/Category Manager that will lead sourcing strategy, supplier selection and supplier relationship management for the procurement of indirect material & services globally. The Sourcing & Category Manager will be accountable to understand business strategy and then develop a comprehensive, long term, supplier strategy which will deliver maximum value to the enterprise in critical G&A spend categories.



  • Developing, directing, and implementing 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.
  • Aggressively managing category performance by adhering to internal savings goals and reviewing financial models for commodity type items. Ensuring spend portfolio for recurring, managed spend is balanced through coordinated sourcing waves and leveraged with other sourcing activities.
  • Serving as the category leader and market expert in the assigned spend category for the company, developing deep supplier relationships and expert understanding of the supply market.


  • Gaining alignment from stakeholders you develop negotiation strategies, gain alignment from stakeholders, lead cross-functional, category-based negotiation teams, and implement appropriate supplier risk analysis.
  • Working with key stakeholder groups you’ll lead and influence articulate business case recommendations (i.e. build vs buy strategy) with quantifiable financial benefits.


  • Using current spend information/data and business knowledge to identify sourcing projects for individual subcategories and develop an overall cost reduction plan. Creating and defending category strategies and decisions with sound analytics. Collaborating with key analytical support functions; synthesize results.
  • Leading and managing continuous improvement initiatives to drive simultaneous advancement of service levels, quality of goods & services, cost of supply, & favorable working capital terms.
  • Managing and developing a team of sourcing professionals with a focus on achieving department goals (which may include cost savings/avoidance, risk mitigation, supplier performance).


  • Drive 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.
  • Champion regular category review meetings with cross-functional teams to manage category performance, partner with internal & external stakeholders to drive supply base synergy.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering or related field.
  • 10+ years progressive operational experience in procurement, sourcing or supply chain management (buying, vendor management, supplier evaluation, regulatory compliance, segmentation/taxonomy); or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years of experience in a leadership role.
  • CPSM or CIPS credential or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Deep 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).
  • Broad knowledge of the market forces shaping business context of the enterprise (e.g. supplier base, legal & regulatory environment, sources of competitive advantage).
  • Strong financial acumen & 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).
  • Excellent and disciplined project management and prioritization skills with the ability to react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently. Proven ability to deliver complex multi-regional and/or global projects in a matrixed and global environment.
  • Ability to constructively challenge executive leadership; and the ability to develop and evaluate strategic options, including risks and risk mitigation strategies. Ability to provide thought leadership, ability to influence and actively shape strategy.
  • Compelling and persuasive communicator (oral and written) with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients.
  • A high degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications; Advanced Microsoft Excel and database manipulation skills, SAP BI tools, SAP & Ariba Sourcing & Buying tools.


  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard; 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.