Enterprise Category Leader

Apogee Wausau Group, Inc.

Minneapolis, MN

Apogee Enterprises Inc.


This role will provide strategic thought leadership and be responsible for developing, implementing and owning the enterprise-wide sourcing strategy and execution of certain spend categories for all business units of Apogee. In this position, you will partner with business stakeholders to understand business needs and develop/execute strategic sourcing strategies to reduce total cost of ownership by leveraging world-class negotiation skills, tools and processes. This position will develop strong cross functional working relationships while executing value driven projects and implementing best practices.
This role will report to the Director of Strategic Sourcing and will manage critical indirect spend categories, such Facility Services, MRO, Capital Equipment and Utilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing and executing fully integrated long-term strategic plans that meet organizational objectives
  • Maintaining continuous in-depth knowledge of market conditions, industry trends, and developing technologies
  • Owning all sourcing decisions including supplier evaluations, selections and competitive bid processes
  • Executing successful supplier transitions and implementing consignment, stocking, and 3PL solutions with suppliers to improve overall supply flexibility and responsiveness
  • Deploying strategies using all relevant value levers to meet the total cost of ownership needs of our business and the dynamic supply needs of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. factories globally
  • Managing performance and strategic relationships with suppliers to influence supply capabilities, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • Driving effective supplier performance management in alignment with business stakeholders, to include supplier business reviews, scorecards and compliance requirements
  • Assessing and maintaining category performance objectives and communicating periodic results to plan
  • Negotiating supply agreements to mitigate risk, establish favorable commercial terms and drive the highest levels of total cost reduction
  • Partnering with key stakeholders to proactively identify value-driven activities that deliver productivity savings, working capital and continuous quality improvement

Personal Attributes:

The successful candidate will be expected to be a high-energy, creative and resourceful self-starter who demonstrates leadership skills and instincts. He/she is highly intelligent and enthusiastic with a commitment to excellence. In terms of personal competencies, the successful candidate must be a hands-on person who possesses the best combination of strategic thinking and drive to achieve tangible business results.

Education and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor degree (Master’s Degree a Plus)
  • 7+ years of sourcing experience preferably in a manufacturing organization, across a large multi-location business
  • 3+ years of category/commodity management experience preferably with Indirect Commodities
  • CPM and/or APICS certification a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge and extensive experience developing and executing category strategies, supplier negotiations and supplier management
  • Experience leading complex, global, project teams within business
  • Strong track record of driving operational improvements to support the business strategy

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong communication and leadership skills dealing with a global cross-functional team
  • Ability to work comfortably in a matrixed organizational environment
  • People management & development
  • Excellent teaming abilities
  • Stellar negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and execution
  • Strong Sourcing, Supply Chain, Product Management, Engineering background
  • Ability to influence others and lead teams
  • Demonstrated background of building collaborative relationships
  • Strong data analytics and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with positive persuasive attitude


Apogee has a “hybrid” model for physical/remote work, where we are flexible with work location, but generally in-the-office at least one or two days a week.


Apogee and our brands are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.