North America Category Manager, Indirect Materials

Date: May 12, 2022

Location: Cary, IL, US, 60013 Mukwonago, WI, US, 53149

Company: Aptar Group

Who we are

At Aptar, we use insights, design, engineering and science to create innovative packaging technologies that build brand value for our customers, and, in turn, make a meaningful difference in the lives, looks, health and homes of people around the world.


Every day, Aptar creates “a-ha moments” for its customers and their consumers and patients by continually bringing innovations to market that convert non-dispensing packaging into breakthrough product-dispensing systems, including those that give people more effective ways to put on their favorite fragrance, kids the opportunity to pour ketchup without making a mess and patients connected technologies that help them more easily adhere to treatment.


We have manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and South America and over 13,000 dedicated employees in some 20 countries.


You should work here because we:

  • Attract and develop high performing people.
  • Promote a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Allow for failure by allowing people to make mistakes through an open and trusting environment.
  • Invest in the development of employees through local, regional and global career opportunities.
  • Contribute to the communities where we reside.


What’s new with Aptar

We have an exciting position open for a North America Category Manager-Indirect Materials position.  This position will perform purchasing and sourcing duties for Indirect Materials across all our all North America locations.  This position will initially be responsible for one or more of the designated areas, however this could change over time as the business needs evolve Transportation, Energy, Real Estate, Equipment Leasing, Pallets, Office Supplies, Labels. The category manager is responsible for developing, implementing and communicating sourcing strategies for North America as well as developing a multiyear savings pipeline, leading initiatives that deliver annual savings, mitigating inflationary increases, forecasting market trends and supporting the annual budgetary process. This position will develop a collaborative environment across all business segments with Operations, Supply Chain, Engineering, and Finance to deliver an overall competitive advantage to Aptar. 


This is how your journey begins

  • Responsible as the North American leader for sourcing for Indirect Materials with an annual estimated spend, within the designated field, in excess of $50mm.
  • Provides leadership and sourcing and contract expertise to the business, within designated field, and interacts with internal and external customers while monitoring market trends, leading commodity and supplier profiling and disseminating information.
  • Develops ideas and implements commodity strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and works towards a strategy of continuous improvement. 
  • Works collaboratively with business, globally as required, to create a strategic vision for the department as well as driving purchasing synergies to achieve cost savings across all business units and segments.
  • Develops and maintains a systematic, analytical and results based method for savings, monitoring suppliers’ performance, sourcing effectiveness and communicates results to business.
  • Manage linkage to Business Unit Procurement activities to optimize opportunities.
  • Leads negotiation efforts on purchase agreements and supplier contracts with a bias for achievement of quality, delivery, cost containment, working capital, lead-time and process improvement.
  • Initiates and implements risk management strategies and ensures supply continuity.
  • Establishes low cost sourcing and alternative sources for materials.
  • Creates and implements feedback mechanisms to determine customer satisfaction levels; responds to issues and concerns and collaborates with teams in managing supplier relationships.
  • Designs comparison models for index based contracts.
  • Conducts complex market and internal data analysis to ensure suppler performance.
  • Properly report progress of initiatives and work to resolve internal roadblocks and follow internal escalation procedures when necessary to achieve budgeted savings.
  • Leverage volume’s across major spend items, driving value to the highest possible level.
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and conduct performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities. 



What you will bring on the journey


  • Bachelor’s degree in a business, finance, engineering, or supply chain.
  • Advanced degree/ MBA are ideal.
  • CPM or APICS or Green or Black belt Certification a plus.


  • 8+ years experience in strategic sourcing, plant procurement, and project management and supply chain management.
  • Experience in the defined Category is a plus.
  • Contract and Project Management.



  • Excellent financial analysis and strong negotiation skills.
  • Expertise in strategic sourcing and contract/project/supply chain management. 
  • Able to build strong relationships across company personnel as well as suppliers. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with all levels of the organization including executive leadership and plant operations personnel.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills with the ability to facilitate projects/initiatives. 
  • Ability to manage change effectively.
  • Organizational skills with strong problem solving ability.
  • Keen attention to details and accuracy.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • SAP and Ariba knowledge preferred.
  • Ability to communicate in multiple languages or multiple country experiences are a plus.



What we offer:

  • An exciting, diverse and value based working environment
  • Award-winning corporate university offering personal development and training opportunities.
  • Competitive base salary and performance-based bonus plan.
  • Contribute to the communities where we reside.
  • Innovative benefits plan which includes: 401k & Retirement Savings plan, vacation, medical, dental, vision, life, disability, pet insurance, wellness plan, and generous paid maternity/paternity leave].



Be You. Be Aptar

Aptar is an equal opportunities employer. We believe that a diverse workforce is key to our success. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.


Nearest Major Market: Chicago