West Hills, California Strategic Sourcing, Category Manager – Direct

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  • Requisition Number R4809
  • Full Time Full time
  • Shift Regular
  • Area of Interest Supply Chain Planning & Operations
  • Location West Hills, California


Working at Pharmavite is an experience like no other. With a focus on complete nutrition for all, each endeavor is urgent and every day counts. You'll have the opportunity to work on the #1 selling national vitamin and supplement brand, Nature Made, as well as an exciting portfolio of other products that are shaping the future of the healthy living industry. Consumer-driven innovation, high quality products and a promising portfolio, all driven by a team with a shared sense of purpose -- that's Pharmavite. Join us to bring the gift of health to life.

The Strategic Sourcing Category Manager, Direct Categories is an individual with passion and deep understanding of the Consumer-Packaged Goods in Dietary Supplements Direct Materials with an emphasis on packaging sourcing (e.g. plastic packaging, paperboard packaging, etc.)Category Managers are responsible for strategic sourcing while ensuring business continuity and supply assurance. This individual will deliver on key category initiatives by:  

  • Developing category strategies and managing end-to-end strategic sourcing 

  • Leading spend management via cost savings/avoidance 

  • Supplier relationship management and risk mitigation 

  • Creating market data & analytical reports to support X-functional departments (e.g. Finance, Marketing, Sales, and other internal teams.) 

The Strategic Sourcing Category Manager, Direct Materials reports to the Manager, Direct Sourcing. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop robust sourcing category strategies via a thorough understanding of demand and supply dynamics, conducting supply risk assessments, identifying and using the best sourcing levers, developing SRM strategy, building an implementation roadmap; and align the category strategy with sourcing leadership and cross functional stakeholders 

  • Responsible for leveraging and being educated on category market intelligence, executing strategic sourcing events, price modelling, tracking supplier performance scorecards, contract management  

  • Building/leveraging RFx templates, supplier outreach, the supplier selection, commercial terms and contract T&C negotiations. Maximize value for money via right balance between Price, Quality, and Service for all purchased ingredients.   

  • Serves as a liaison between other departments and suppliers to ensure adequate supplies of materials are available on hand when needed 

  • Work with internal stakeholders and suppliers to optimize spend and identify and deliver cost savings / cost avoidance opportunities as well as to develop a pipeline for future savings  

  • Manage supplier qualifications for new suppliers, supplier quality issues and Supplier Relationship Management programs with strategic suppliers 

  • Develop and implement supply risk mitigation strategies  

  • Collaborate with Planning, Marketing, Innovation Team, R&D, Regulatory, Quality Control Department, Technical Operations, and supplier to resolve quality and rejected materials problems to ensure manufacturing has highest quality of materials required 

  • Actively supports New Product Development process by bringing new items and technologies from external sources.

Critical Success Factors

You'll be most successful in this role if you have: 

  • Strong presentation and communication skills and experience presenting to C-Suite executive leadership 

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously 

  • Functional knowledge of the Direct Material Categories, with an emphasis on packaging  

  • End to end strategic sourcing knowledge and experience for executing sourcing events 

  • Commercial and contractual negotiation experience with suppliers 

  • Demonstrated financial, quantitative, and analytical skills and their application on project evaluation 

  • The ability to incorporate market intelligence and data analytics into the category strategies and to leverage the information during contract negotiations. 

Capabilities & Skills Required

In order to take on these challenges, you’ll need to have: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Training and Development, Human Resources, or a related field preferred. 

  • Minimum of five years related experience in training development required, working within a process excellence or lean manufacturing framework. 

  • Understand principles of adult learning, particularly in a manufacturing plant environment. 

  • Strong experience working in ISO or cGMP operations developing and executing successful training programs including the implementation of skills qualification programs. 

  • Experience leveraging electronic Learning Management Systems. 

  • Proven track record to manage cross-functionally, collaborate and prioritize. 

  • Great written and verbal communication skillsAble to present ideas persuasively. 

  • Strong leadership, organizational, and time management skills with the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. 

  • Innovative problem solver, strong decision-maker and outstanding facilitator of learning and change. 

  • Ability to travel (approximately 10%). 


Here, career paths aren't predefined, and bureaucratic limitations don't exist -- you have the opportunity to grow, learn from industry pioneers, and develop the way you want to. Pharmavite is investing more in the development of our team -- to help us deliver on our purpose and help you achieve your career aspirations. Our environment is geared to fuel curiosity, encourage experimentation, and generate learning as this is the way we develop ourselves and our organization.

Pharmavite is committed to meeting the needs of our employees and their families with a Total Rewards package that's as comprehensive as the vitamins and supplements we deliver to consumers. With competitive compensation programs and standout benefits, we provide employees with optimal health and well-being -- as well as peace of mind. These rewards -- plus our new recognition program -- ensure employees feel supported both at work and home.

Annual Pay

Annual Pay Range

$99,700.00 - $149,600.00

This represents the minimum and maximum base salary range for this role, plus annual incentive. Various elements are used to determine a candidate’s starting salary such as job experience, specific skills, and comparison to internal incumbents currently in the role.  This information is provided to applicants in accordance with state and local laws.

Visit Pharmavite.com/careers to learn more about our mission and discover an opportunity that's right for you. Health and wellness begins with us.

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