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ATS Company:  ATS Automation Tooling Systems
Requisition ID:  4332

Cambridge, ON, CA, N3H 4R7

Date:  Jul 15, 2021

Category Manager

Job Description


Position Title:  Global Category Manager
Department:  Global Category Management
Report to:  Director, Global Category Management



Job Summary:
ATS Automation is looking for an experienced Category Manager to develop and implement supplier and category sourcing strategies and solutions, while actively managing and enhancing existing key global stakeholder relationships.

This role will communicate, evaluate and negotiate with external suppliers and ascertain their ability to meet ATS requirements and overall objectives. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable in the industry and supply market, and have strong communication skills in order to forge and maintain vendor relationships.

Job Responsibilities


  • Responsible for the overall strategy and relationship with vendors within a Commodity Category
  • Owns the overall global ATS Category spend and is responsible to achieve savings in line with business objectives
  • Devise & implement a category acquisition strategy
  • Communicate with, evaluate and approve vendors to ascertain their ability to meet company requirements, goals and objectives.
  • Negotiate framework agreements with suppliers which may include pricing, credit terms, discounts, rebates and other general terms, applicable across multiple projects.
  • Perform on-going review of product, service, equipment and expense usage to identify new opportunities for cost savings.
  • Be the single point of contact for all new difficult and unusual issues that may arise, ensuring that ownership and accountability are clearly established and communicated
  • Be knowledgeable of the industry, suppliers’ business and the supply market overall
  • Effective use of historical and other benchmarking data to ensure competitive pricing.
  • Select vendors to use in our products, based on technical and business considerations.
  • Adhere to all ISO procedures and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all business activities are performed with the highest ethical standards and in compliance with the ATS Code of Business Conduct.

Job Requirements



A degree in a purchasing related field, business management, engineering or equivalent discipline.



  • A minimum of 10 years of sourcing, engineering or project management experience in a custom manufacturing environment.
  • Proven capability to develop and apply sourcing strategies to drive long term business improvement.
  • Sound working knowledge of Excel, Word and other MS Office software.
  • Ability to effectively manage large data files derived from ERP systems.
  • Proven negotiation and commercial capabilities.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to influence at all organizational levels.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to interact in a multi-disciplinary team environment.    


Why Join ATS?


  • Be a part of a global organization that is a leader in its industry
  • Subsidized breakfast and lunch daily; free gourmet beverages - coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Plus, Treat Day is every other week!
  • Ability to participate in a variety of charitable events
  • Social Club that offers BBQs and other social events throughout the year
  • Work with other bright, talented people and discover opportunities for professional growth, and much more!

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