Category Manager, Indirect Procurement

Date:  May 5, 2024
Location:  East Windsor
Company:  Shiseido

Job Summary: 

Manage procurement for Indirect for Shiseido Americas while maintaining lowest total cost and highest quality and service.


Responsible for all IT, Digital, and Marketing Services across all Shiseido Americas. Directly responsible for the regional spend of approximately $50MM. Lead the category/supplier segmentation and strategy development efforts.


Support the execution of procurement best practices.


Travel as needed to visit suppliers, resolve issues etc. for new launches and ongoing business.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead category segmentation and develop strategies for all materials to allow for further classification and analysis.
  • Lead and assist with RFX efforts, negotiation supply agreements where needed.
  • Execute strategies for the category.                                                                                
  • Responsible for negotiations and award of business
  • Execute annual cost savings, cash improvement and action plans to deliver the corporate objectives for year over year improvement in both.   
  • Responsible for supporting supplier partnerships through activities such as; implementing alternative suppliers, alternative materials and category innovation.
  • Monitor the use of appropriate KPI’s to measure and improve the effectiveness of the key elements of the procurement organization.            
  • Idea generation for new innovations (end to end) in their category to make sure we are paying the lowest possible cost, and it meets the timeline                                                                                 
  • Identify primary feed stock’s to benchmark historical performance and forecast future price movements, communicating necessary adjustments to plan.                                                                                               
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to develop and appropriate processes and tools.
  • Annual Cost of Goods savings targets
  • Payment term improvements
  • Support consolidation of supply base
  • Maintain strategic supplier relationships
  • Support category segmentation and strategy development and execution                                                                                                                           

Working Relationships/Key Stakeholders:

  • Works cross functionally for any clarification needed on projects (IT, ADX, Marketing, Facilities, Productions, Engineering, R&D, Warehouse, etc.)                                                                                                        
  • Works with stakeholders on scope of works and business requirements                                                                       

Financial Accountability (

  • Savings tracking
  • Budget/Standard cost setting

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Working knowledge of procurement category management
  • Understanding of Supply Chain Functions and Linkage
  • Understanding of the cosmetic industry, brands and products
  • Understanding of payment terms, total cost of ownership, etc.
  • Understanding of supplier audit requirements to assess health and quality of suppliers
  • Material cost modeling
  • Basic understanding of commodity markets driving material pricing"      
  • Drive for results
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Customer and consumer focus including the ability to collaborate
  • Attention to detail
  • Dealing with ambiguity and change
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Competent user of computerized IT systems • Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other associated scheduling, forecasting software packages
  • 3-5 years of experience working within a procurement tool (SAP, Ariba etc) environment at an advanced level"                       
  • 4-year academic degree, MBA a plus
  • Prefer procurement certificates.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience operating in a procurement role, ideally in cosmetic or consumer goods industry.                  


Trust 8 Competencies

Below is a list of Trust 8 Competencies designed to help employees at Shiseido Americas succeed as the company continues to evolve and innovate.

  1. Think Big: Adapt a big-picture perspective. Deliver new values through creativity.
  2. Take Risks: Embrace Risk, Practice “Trial and Error and Trial”.
  3. Hands On: Consider Front-line realities when making decisions. Take the lead from end to end.
  1. Collaborate: Leverage the diverse capabilities of colleagues.
  2. Be Open: Create an environment that encourages everyone to speak up.
  3. Act with Integrity: Be sincere and humble at all times.
  4. Be Accountable: Commit to the goal. Take accountability for the execution.
  5. Applaud Success: Create a culture that celebrates success.



Shiseido is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other classification protected by Federal, State or Local law

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