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Category Leader

With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers. At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.



As a Category Leader you will develop and manage the indirect supply base as it relates to global MRO and CAPEX expenditure for all Tennant’s plants. In this individual contributor role, you will work with internal stakeholders to define and drive strategies for these categories and manage expenditure strategy. You’ll use your prior experience, energy, and perseverance to create and execute on a (long term) strategy for improvements for the categories mentioned above, while taking the interest of all relevant stakeholders into account.


If you enjoy building strong relationships, working in a manufacturing related and fast-paced environment, while using your analytical and problem-solving skills to drive cost savings and continuous improvement then this is the role for you.




  • Manage and prioritize multiple projects and negotiations simultaneously
  • React and process/understand new information quickly with high numeric & deductive reasoning
  • Ability to accept ambiguity and be driven to find solutions to solve problems
  • Utilize historical spend data from multiple sources, product/service agreements, company budget and other data to proactively identify a pipeline of sourcing opportunities, reducing total cost of ownership, and improving vendor performance.
  • Ability to turn data into stories and action items
  • Develop and drive global category strategies considering internal requirements and limitations as well as current and future external market conditions for the organization’s global footprint.
  • Actively participate in the development and management of the global supply total cost savings funnel.
  • Capture and maintain Total Cost Models for specific categories, programs, and initiatives.  Understand the different factors and calculations determining the total cost and provide insight into model and improvements. 
  • Anticipate, acknowledge, and mitigate Global Supply related issues related the assigned category group that may affect customers and business goals.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key organizational functional associates and stakeholders across multiple global regions.
  • Support operations and warehousing with vendor relationship management, quarterly reviews, and performance management.
    Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Supply Chain, Logistics, Material Management, or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of related work experience
  • SAP or related ERP experience
  • Strong Microsoft Excel and analytical skills required
  • Global manufacturing experience a plus
  • Must possess high drive and self-initiative to obtain results
  • Demonstrated success initiating change and ability to influence at all levels


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Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, military service, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information (including family medical history), marital status, gender identity or expression, parental status, political or any other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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