Manager, Regional Category 

LOCATION: Avon / Ohio (US-OH), United States | BRAND: Bendix | REQUISITION ID: 4801 | JOB GRADE: 17  

| ON-SITE/REMOTE: On-site 


Want to help shape tomorrow?  At Bendix we’ve been doing it for 90 years…setting the standard with advanced dynamic solutions that drive improved commercial vehicle performance and safety.  We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today!



Employer: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC


Job Title:  Manager, Regional Category


Job Location:  35500 Chester Road, Avon, OH 44011


Work Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week (M-F)


Job Duties: This position is responsible for leading the regional category team, achieving aggressive productivity targets, and developing and driving the regional category strategy.  Specifically, the job duties include:


  • Leading the North America category team to establish and execute a systematic Regional Category strategy including proactive management of the supply base in alignment with the Global Category strategy and the Global Category Director.


  • Leading the North America category team to identify and select suppliers according to the Regional Category strategy including supplier nomination according to best-in class Total Cost of Ownership comparison.


  • Performing analysis of regional sourcing markets and trends to derive mid and long-term sourcing strategies including identification of global business to other regions.


  • Managing supplier relationships including performing supplier evaluations and target setting for strategic regional suppliers.


  • Leading the team to develop and implement actions to achieve aggressive PPM and delivery performance targets.


  • Driving identification of savings opportunities through resourcing, supplier negotiations, and long-term agreements including providing strong support for VA/VE identification and implementation.


  • Negotiating long-term agreements for existing and new components.


  • Identifying and establishing a realization of a supply strategy for high volatile and critical materials.


  • Supporting open collaboration with other categories regionally and globally and exchanging best practice approaches.


Minimum requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management or Engineering. Employer will accept 3 or 4 year degree as equivalent to a US Bachelor’s degree. Must have 5 years of experience in Purchasing or Supply Chain Management. Must have the following skills/experience:


  • Commodity/Category management
  • Managing complex spend of >$70 million
  • Experience developing and executing Supplier strategy
  • Leading Supplier and Internal cross-functional teams
  • Experience in negotiating contracts
  • Knowledge/Understanding of manufacturing process such as iron castings, machining etc.
  • Experience implementing VA/VE projects


Travel requirements: 20% including 5% international


Remote work: May work remote up to 3 days per week






What does Bendix have to offer you? 
- Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
- 401k Plan with Company matching 
- Retirement Savings Plan
- Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
- Wellness Program and incentives
- Hybrid Work policy
- On-Site Fitness Center
- On-Site Cafeteria with Healthy menu options
- Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:

Company-Paid Benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance
- Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
- Medical and Prescription insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
- Long Term Disability
- Accident Plan
- Critical Illness Plan
- Hospital Indemnity Plan


Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron