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Thermo Fisher Scientific Category Excellence Manager in Needham, Massachusetts

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do meaningful work, that makes a positive impact on a global scale! Join 80,000 colleagues who bring our Mission to life every single day to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. You’ll find the resources here to achieve your career goals and help take science a step beyond by developing solutions for some of the world’s toughest challenges. This includes protecting the environment, making sure our food is safe, and helping find cures for cancer.

How will you make an impact?

Focus will be on establishing an end to end enterprise wide Category management methodology. The scope will include developing means to effectively assess our category management performance, category and supplier insights and forward-looking opportunities, developing and reporting on key process and output program metrics and actively participating in the category strategy management process. This individual will be a key interface between the Procurement function team and the Category management team.

What will you do?

  • Coach and guide category management colleagues, share insight from analysis and forward-looking viewpoints to influence innovations into the business

  • Audit the quality of category strategies, provide feedback to Category management colleagues, and ensure business and leadership sign off

  • Facilitate large teams, collaborate with Strategy & PMO to build a pipeline

  • Work closely with external vendor(s) to create training programs that improve category management performance

  • Provide leadership and guidance focused on developing, sharing and documenting best practices across the enterprise

  • Effectively deploy a standardized methodology and tools across the enterprise

  • Establish, train and maintain standard practices supporting the category management effort

  • Develop and deploy segmentation processes to assist in focusing on key categories

  • Work with Category leaders to establish a regular and focused cadence for category strategy reviews across the enterprise

  • Working with Category leaders and business partners establish standard KPI’s to measure category management value creation

How will you get here?

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • B.S. degree in (Procurement, Business or Technical Field)

  • Experience and understanding in a Category management

  • Experience in category management process

  • Ability to guide category managers to maintain schedule, drive content adjustments and insights from a business viewpoint

  • Ability to lead cross functional global teams

  • Understanding of key elements involved in Category Strategy

  • Strong process orientation

  • Candidate must have experience in taking initiatives from concept through to full implementation

  • Candidate will need to be able to effectively manage by influence without authority and to successfully collaborate with colleagues across the globe

  • Candidate must have experience in driving Global multisite initiatives


We offer competitive remuneration, annual incentive plan bonus scheme, healthcare, company pension, and a range of employee benefits!

Thermo Fisher Scientific offers employment with an innovative, forward-thinking organization, and outstanding career and development prospects. We offer an exciting company culture that stands for integrity, intensity, involvement, and innovation.”

EEO/Reasonable Accommodation

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.