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American Water Works Company, Inc.

Category Manager - Materials

American Water Works Company, Inc. - Mount Laurel, NJ

Category Manager - Materials


Mount Laurel

New Jersey

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

Position can be a front-line employee or leadership position. Oversees the strategy and procurement of direct and in-direct material categories and other related national categories of spend. Works closely with state procurement functions and business stakeholders to identify opportunities to manage costs and leverage company size to deliver best value to the company while building strategic supplier relationships. Works closely with operating unit leadership to understand company spend patterns and business requirements in order to develop and influence sustainable procurement strategies.

Key Accountabilities

Builds relationships with clients across the operating units to understand business requirements and to build confidence in the sourcing organization.

Influences other business leaders to drive standardization, manage specifications, and control demand

Direct and assist the category leaders in the identification of category opportunities, define and prioritize sourcing strategies and category initiatives

Allocate resources to deliver annual savings and cost avoidances in line with established targets

Provide sourcing subject matter expertise, market knowledge, and best practice coaching along with broad category management expertise.

Coach and develop team members to support improved performance.

Personally lead sensitive negotiations and high-profile projects to maximize value. Manage vendor relationships to maintain a cooperative atmosphere while jointly eliminating inefficiencies and reducing costs.

Develop and implement KPI’s for both supplier and sourcing group performance. Define and implement improvement plans as necessary. Communicate results to the broader organization in a way that builds understanding of and confidence in sourcing capabilities

Knowledge / Skills

Ability to lead others either as direct reports or through influence.

Ability to work on various assignments. Strong reasoning, analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills.

Verbal and written communications skills (e.g. presentations, listening, report writing).

Good interpersonal skills (tact/diplomacy, persuasion, co-operation) and ability to influence others

Strong collaborative client relations skills

Understanding of Strategic Sourcing policies and practices and ability to teach others.

Proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, and web based communication tools. SAP knowledge (preferred)

Strategic sourcing experience across a range of categories and strategies.

Demonstrated ability to drive value through tactics other than price negotiation (e.g. specification management, demand management, joint process improvement).

Understanding of best practices in sourcing and vendor management in both utilities and other industries.

Knowledge of relevant supply markets and understanding of sources of supply market intelligence.

Knowledge of information systems and applications to procurement. Strong financial and budget knowledge with the ability to develop performance measurement goals consistent with commercial equivalents. Background in operations management and the ability to develop and measure asset performance.


Dealing Effectively with Direct Reports


Directing Others

Managing / Measuring Work


Sharing Information

Experience / Education

Minimum 8 years total work experience

Minimum 6 years’ experience in procurement or category management

Minimum 2 years’ experience in management or senior individual contributor role

Utilities industry experience preferred

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Engineering or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience required

Travel Requirements

10-15% of time.

Licenses & Certifications

CPM preferred. Other supply chain certifications a plus.

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American Water Works Company, Inc.


Category Manager - Materials American Water Works Company, Inc. - Mount Laurel, NJ, United States


Location: Mount Laurel, NJ

Company Profile:
American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company’s Regulated Businesses segment offers water and wastewater services to approximately 1,500 communities in 16 states. It operates approximately 80 surface water treatment plants; 500 groundwater treatment plants; 1,000 groundwater wells; 100 wastewater treatment facilities; 1,200 treated water storage facilities; 1,300 pumping stations; 87 dams; and 47,000 miles of mains and collection pipes. The company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey.