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Sr. Category Manager, Supply Chain

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Colmar, PA, US

Company: Dorman Products

Dorman Products is currently seeking a Sr. Category Manager to join our growing team. This individual will be responsible for developing and executing global supply chain strategies for assigned categories that deliver industry-leading innovation, speed-to-market, product quality, delivery performance at the lowest total cost of ownership.


Primary Duties

  • Lead the creation and harmonization of Regional, Supplier and Category Strategies that defines the “Future State” supply base that will optimally supports Dorman’s objectives for innovation, speed-to-market, quality and total cost of ownership.
  • Actively engage with all stakeholders to gain an in-depth understanding their evolving needs and their participation in the on-going development and refinement of sourcing strategies.  
  • Identify and monitor potential supply risks and proactively develop and implement risk mitigation strategies.
  • Monitor product line demand trends and new product develop funnels to determine required long-term supply base capacities and capabilities and take proactive action to ensure capacities and capabilities are readily available as needed.
  • Actively manage Regional and Suppler Portfolios that incorporate the latest information on alternative regions and suppliers. 
  • Maintain awareness of world markets and emerging material related issues in the industry and position the supply chain to flexibly respond accordingly.
  • Establish and facilitate strategic teams to leverage supplier capabilities in product design, cost reduction, lead time reduction and customer satisfaction.
  • Lead productivity process from Ideation through savings realization to achieve targeted TCO reductions. 
  • Maintain Project Ideation Funnel and Active Project Decks to simultaneously deploy strategies, achieve YoY performance improvements and support NPI/Growth initiatives.
  • Lead sourcing projects from ideation to successful volume production ramp up.
  • Monitor on-going supplier performance, support Buyer/Planners and SQE’s on resolving chronic supplier performance problems, revise supplier strategies and if necessary lead projects to exit poor performing suppliers.
  • Lead Business Reviews with key suppliers to review quality, delivery and cost performance, progress on strategic initiatives and ensure on-going strategic alignment between Dorman and the Supplier
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Extensive in-country experience sourcing products and components from best cost regions including India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Eastern Europe, and Mexico.
  • Hands on experience supporting new product development projects, qualifying suppliers, qualifying products/components, verifying suppliers manufacturing readiness and ramping up volume production in low cost regions.
  • Broad knowledge of the global marketplace and manufacturing technologies for assigned commodities.
  • Proven abilities to drive sustainable supplier quality, delivery and cost improvements. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to perform and produce results in multifunctional global teams in a dynamic work environment. 
  • Travel: Willingness to travel 25% - 50%.


Education and/or Experience

  • BS/BA in engineering, business or technical discipline. An MBA is highly desired.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in a global Supply Chain related role. 
  • Experienced using supplier performance management best-practices to drive supplier continues improvement.
  • Lean/Six Sigma certification (black belt or green belt) is desired.
  • Certification in APICS and ISM is desired.



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Dorman Products, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer; we value a combination of ideas, perspectives and cultures. EEO/AA Employer M/F/D/V.

Candidates must pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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