Wahl Clipper Corporation
  • 01-Jan-2019 (CST)
  • Purchasing
  • Sterling, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Do you have a strong supply chain category and procurement background?  Would you like to find a home for your talents with a leader in consumer products?

Since 1919, with the invention of the first practical electric hair clipper, Wahl Clipper Corporation (www.wahl.com) has been the leader in the professional and home grooming category. Family owned and privately held, we are headquartered in Sterling, Illinois. Our products are sold in approximately 165 countries worldwide and remain the global standard for integrity, value and efficiency. At Wahl, we are proud of our heritage of excellence as well as our remarkable list of ground-breaking innovations for the present and future for the global market.

The Procurement Category Manager is responsible for strategic procurement and supplier management for several categories, including value, risk and quality within the supply base, supplier pricing, processes and overall performance of suppliers. Primary categories could include cords, shaver parts, transformers, batteries, motors, printed circuit boards,  metal injection molding, blades, packaging, copper.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing effective sourcing strategies for assigned categories through analysis and understanding of company requirements.
  • Developing a deep knowledge of category products, markets, supplier costs and their potential impact on company performance.
  • Performing regular analysis of exchange rates, trade compliance, industry capacity, and price trending data for the assigned categories.
  • Developing and implementing short-and-long term category strategies to lower cost of ownership and mitigate risk to the company.
  • Developing and managing a cost savings project pipeline to deliver year-over-year savings to the company.
  • Leading cross-functional projects with internal stakeholders to include new supplier development and new material trials.
  • Provide alternate materials and supplier recommendations to bring competitive advantage or enhanced risk management to the company.
  • Working closely with internal stakeholders to develop new trial and approval processes.
  • Managing supplier selection process to meet category strategy, quality, service, cost, risk mitigation and supplier performance goals.
  • Continually developing and implementing process improvements with suppliers and the company.
  • Collaborating with multiple departments to address performance and quality. Managing supplier root cause and corrective action process.
  • Managing new product development within assigned categories and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to ensure expectations are met for a product launch.
  • Developing and managing product transitions, obsolescence, and disposition.
  • Work closely with Compliance department to ensure supplier compliance.
  • 20% travel


  • BS/A in Supply Chain Operations, Finance or other related degree.
  • 5+ years of category management, strategic sourcing, purchasing and supplier management.
  • Lean manufacturing.
  • Supplier audit processes and CPI methodology.
  • Inventory Management
  • Durable goods a plus.
  • Project Management a plus.
  • ERP implementation (Microsoft Dynamics) a plus.
  • Legally authorized to work without sponsorship.
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