Procurement Category Leader



Aprilaire is an industry leading provider of healthy air solutions who is committed to our mission; everyone deserves healthy air. You will join a team of professionals who are passionate, customer focused, adaptable, and leading the way for new HVAC technologies and innovative thinking. We are proud to be in over 7 million homes and look forward to our continued success; give your career a breath of fresh air today and consider joining our team.


As the Procurement  Category Leader, you will impact all aspects of strategically managing material categories in support of business objectives such as supplier selection, contract negotiations, management for products or services sourced in support of manufacturing and NPD, and supplier relationship management. You will be traveling internationally meeting with suppliers 15-30% of the time. 



Your day will include:

  • Lead the development and execution of material category strategies to support business objectives in line with the Global Procurement Strategic Framework. This includes market analysis, category risk assessment, supplier selection/management, and negotiating/managing supply contracts.
  • Align strategies with corporate objectives around critical components, quality improvement, cash flow improvement, cost management, inventory reduction, and supply chain risk mitigation.
  • Supplier relationship management responsibilities for designated categories. Interact with suppliers to understand their business and establish strong relationships with all levels of management.
  • Act as the voice of the business with our suppliers and the voice of our suppliers with business stakeholders.
  • Receive supplier representatives to evaluate their products and services. Initiate supplier qualification per established company policy to ensure adequate and reliable sources of supply.  Prepare and solicit bid proposals.
  • Work closely with our external suppliers and our internal engineering and plant management personnel to identify cost saving and quality-enhancing changes to part designs.
  • Maintain working knowledge of business trends including commodity specific issues, cost drivers, supply chain best practices, market conditions and economic indicators.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams as assigned. Take a lead role in providing guidance to product development teams on sourcing issues and solutions.
  • Support generating and reporting against monthly KPI and other objectives.
  • Initiates request to supplier for product quality corrective actions to meet company policy in coordination with company’s Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) for assigned suppliers.
  • Ability and willingness to travel regionally and internationally about 15-30% of the time as needed.


If the below says “Me!”, consider applying today:

  • Bachelor's degree with five years or more of purchasing/sourcing experience preferred.
  • Valid passport and driver's license is required to meet international suppliers.
  • Willingness and ability to lead cross functional meetings and facilitate strategic alignment.
  • Data focused mindset with general excel interface capabilities including the use of lookup functions and pivot tables.
  • Proven analytical skills: Understanding of key data, identification of alternate approaches and presentation of logical recommendations.
  • Self-motivated with a high level of initiative.
  • Ability to generate and utilize cost models, industry tools and industry intelligence to improve supply performance.
  • Experience in a multi-plant environment with both high and low volume products.
  • Ability to solve complex supply chain problems and be a champion of change to address shifting demands.
  • Working knowledge of quality systems and lean/continuous improvement processes.
  • High level of interpersonal, negotiation, and decision-making skills.
  • Flexible work schedule to accommodate virtual meetings with other regions.



A GREAT PLACE TO WORK FOR ALL!  At Aprilaire, we know our employees are our most important resource. Below is just a snapshot of our benefits package: 


We care about your health by providing...

  • health insurance plan
  • dental and vision insurance
  • flexible spending account
  • progressive wellness programming for you and your family 

We care about your wellbeing by providing...

  • vacation and holiday pay
  • employee discounts on Aprilaire products

We care when you need it most by providing...

  • company-sponsored short and long term disability plans
  • identity theft protection
  • bereavement pay

We care about your financial wellness by providing...

  • 401(k) with company match and generous profit sharing
  • life insurance coverage

We care about our community by...

  • giving back to local charities through fund-raising, volunteering, and charitable events
  • sponsoring employees and immediate family members for their participation in charitable events


Applicants have rights under federal and state employment laws:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  En Español

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  En Español

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)  En Español

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  En Español


Aprilaire is an E-Verify company.


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