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Senior Category Lead - Professional / HR Services


Akron, OH, US

Company:  Goodyear

Requisition ID: 121248 
Sponsorship Available: No 
Relocation Assistance Available: No 

Goodyear. More Driven.




About the Role

The Senior Category Lead will be responsible for 2 direct reports (1 Category Lead and 1 Associate Category Lead).




  • Supports the development of category strategy. Executes sourcing strategies in alignment with overall category strategy. Leads contract negotiations to drive advantaged total delivered cost in alignment with company financial goals. Leverages market data, cost modeling to support the development of negotiation strategies.
  • Develops relationships with suppliers focused on total cost of ownership, advantaged supply chain, innovation, and continuous process improvement.                  
  • Drives operational excellence through influence across functions and regions. Serves as point of contact for regional stakeholders within geography.
  • Maintains leadership role in Commercial Council - ensures Council goals align to category strategy.     
  • Proficient with 7-Step Strategic Sourcing Process and Enhanced Sourcing Tools. Supports Category Team learning goals through coaching and assessment.
  • Informal people leadership - provides mentorship and coaching to Category Team              

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Business, or a related field, required. Master Degree, desired
  • 5+ years of experience in Procurement, Supply Chain or a related Operational function required.
  • Previous strategic sourcing experience required.
  • Experience in a related industry preferred.



Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of core procurement processes, strategic sourcing concepts, and negotiation tactics
  • Negotiation skills, strong financial/statistical analysis, organization skills, strong Microsoft Access/Excel skills and/or other database programs, a team player, strong written and verbal communication skills, influence skills, self-directing, and ability to work in a very fast paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Foreign language, manufacturing process, mathematical modeling, international experience


Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 71,000 people and manufactures its products in 55 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to

Goodyear is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual's race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you need reasonable accommodation to complete the online application, or any other part of the employment process, please contact the Goodyear Candidate Care Line at 330.796.4500.


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Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

Job Segment: Supply Chain, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Supply, QA, Operations, Quality

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