Category Manager Sr

Houston, Texas

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Williams is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected under applicable discrimination law.

Do something that means something at Williams. This isn't just a job - it's an opportunity to explore and discover your passion with coworkers who become friends and mentors who push you to be your best self in and out of the office. At Williams, we make clean energy happen. And you can too, so bring your energy to ours.

The Category Manager Sr. is responsible for driving teamwork across our organization to develop supply chain solutions. This role will lead cost savings projects, demonstrate market conditions and price dislocations, lead contract disputes with suppliers, and bring forward value propositions for our business. The ability to think beyond the status quo to develop solutions to sophisticated problems that improve performance, efficiency and safety and make decisions that impact business and project objectives are keys to success in this role.

Your work will challenge you, and with our Core Values to guide you, you'll quickly learn and grow with us.

A Day In The Life:

Take the lead as our Senior Category Manager of PVF at Williams. In this key role, you'll use your deep PVF industry knowledge and leadership skills to manage the Pipe, Valve, and Fittings category, driving strategy, profitability, and world-class product quality. But working at Williams is about more than just your day-to-day duties. Here, you'll ignite your passion, build enduring friendships, and play a critical part in our mission to make clean energy accessible for everyone.

As a valued member of our team, your responsibilities will stretch beyond the ordinary. You'll drive innovative supply chain solutions, orchestrate cost-saving projects, and expertly navigate fluctuating market conditions. Your skills in handling contract disputes and crafting compelling value propositions will be crucial to our growth and success. Adopt the challenge and rapidly evolve with us, guided by our core values. At Williams, we're not just shaping the future of energy - we're crafting futures, and we want you to be part of ours.

  • Uses category management experience: Applies validated knowledge, preferably from the PVF industry, to interpret business challenges and develop strategies.
  • Demonstrates product knowledge: Uses strong understanding of PVF products, industry standards, and market dynamics to optimize product portfolio and pricing.
  • Develops strategies: Demonstrates the ability to implement strategies that drive growth and overall performance.
  • Negotiates and handles contracts: Uses excellent negotiation skills and contract management expertise to manage suppliers effectively.
  • Analyzes data: Applies an analytical approach to interpret data, market trends, and financial information for informed decision-making.
  • Leads and motivates team: Uses strong leadership and team management skills to champion a successful and innovative culture.
  • Communicates effectively: Applies excellent communication and presentation skills to coordinate across all levels of the organization.
  • Applies software proficiency: Uses category management software, ERP systems, and Microsoft Office suite to track performance and report insights.
  • Drives company success: As a Senior Category Manager of PVF, plays a vital role in achieving strategic goals, optimizing profitability, and ensuring customer satisfaction
  • Other duties as assigned
Education/Years of Experience:
  • Required: Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Finance, Business, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering or technology field; minimum of seven (7) year's experience handling a diversified supply chain environment
  • Preferred: Certification from Institute of Supplier Management (ISM) or American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS); minimum of nine (9) year's experience handling a diversified supply chain environment
Other Requirements:
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational/interpersonal skills and safety as the utmost priority
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Application and PC skills
  • Experience working in a cross-functional environment
  • Demonstrates conceptual and practical expertise in category and supplier management
  • Demonstrates materials planning experience

About Houston (Williams Tower Location):

Our Houston office is located in the Williams Tower, just steps from the Houston Galleria on Post Oak Boulevard, an area with more than 700 retailers, fine dining and hotels within two square miles. We offer free onsite-parking.

Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation and greater Houston is the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the United States. Houston is a dynamic mix of imagination, talent and first-class attractions that makes it a world-class city.

If you love being outside, Houston rates first in total park acreage among U.S. cities with more than one million residents and offers a 300-mile interconnected bikeway network spread over 500 square miles. Check out visithoustontexas to learn more.

Why Choose Williams?

We are committed to providing our employees with competitive compensation and benefits as part of your Total Rewards package to help protect your current and future physical, emotional, and financial health. We generally offer health benefit programs to our employees and their families that are competitive and flexible enough to meet your needs, and retirement benefits to allow you to invest now for financial security when you retire. With rich learning and development programming and a high internal mobility rate, you are not just applying to a job with Williams; you are embarking on an exciting career.
  • Competitive compensation
  • Annual incentive program
  • Hybrid work model - one to two work from home days each week for most office-based roles
  • Flexible work schedule for most field-based roles
  • 401(k) with company matching contribution and a fixed annual company contribution
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Generous company-paid life insurance and disability benefits
  • A consumer-driven health plan option with the potential for a generous company contribution to a Health Savings Account
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid time off, including floating and company holidays
  • Wellness Program with annual rewards
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Robust employee learning and development
  • High internal mobility (we promote from within)
  • Parental leave (we provide up to 6 weeks for each parent)
  • Fertility coverage and adoption benefits
  • Domestic partner benefits
  • Educational reimbursement
  • Non-profit donation matching contributions and time off to volunteer
  • Employee resource groups
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Technology to make our work more productive and collaborative
  • Regular employee engagement surveys and feedback processes
Williams has a long history of making a significant difference in the communities where we live and work, and we strive to cultivate an environment of employee inclusion, innovation and passion that values all voices and opinions. We help each other succeed and great things happen when people from a diverse set of backgrounds come together. Together, we make clean energy happen.

Eligibility and benefits are governed by the terms of the applicable plan or program document which can be amended or terminated at any time.

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Education Requirements:

Skill Requirements:

Competency Requirements:
Action oriented (3 - Meets Expectations), Collaborates (3 - Meets Expectations), Communicates effectively (3 - Meets Expectations), Customer focus (3 - Meets Expectations), Drives results (3 - Meets Expectations), Ensures accountability (3 - Meets Expectations), Instills trust (3 - Meets Expectations)

Date Posted: 30 September 2023
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