Global Strategic Category Leader

Date: Aug 22, 2019

Location: Golden Valley, MN, US, 55244

Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870 we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Our products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety and further sustainability goals.


As a Global Strategic Category Leader at our global headquarters in Golden Valley, MN you will develop and manage the direct material supply base for assigned categories across all Tennant locations globally.  This position will be responsible for developing and executing global category strategies to optimize cost, quality, delivery and inventory goals in support of Tennant Lean Supply objectives. You’ll also identify and proactively manage internal/external market and supply risks, drive process and technology innovation to further differentiate Tennant’s global leadership position, and continuously improve the overall capacity, capability and velocity of the supply base. If you’re looking for a role where you will have an immediate impact on the business, then this is the role for you.




  • Manage a Direct supply category or categories, including strategy development & deployment, supplier performance and relationship management, and total cost management and execution.
  • Develop and drive global strategies taking into account internal requirements and limitations as well as current and future external market conditions for the organizations global footprint.
  • Actively manage the direct materials (cost reduction) funnel from ideation and evaluation, to execution and implementation.
  • Manage and continuously improve the Global Strategic Supply Base utilizing Lean Manufacturing Principles/Methodologies and Total Cost Models.
  • Drive Technology improvements that provide more efficient processes for obtaining direct materials
  • Understand business goals and anticipate and mitigate Global Supply related issues that may prevent these goals from being achieved.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key organizational leaders and stakeholders across multiple regions and functional departments.
  • Capture and report on key performance indicators for Global Strategic Supply – Direct Materials utilizing enterprise data and reporting mechanisms
  • Provide active support for the Global Supply team in relation to New Product Development, Marketing, Product Management, Materials, Manufacturing, Quality and Current Product Engineering


Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Material Management, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field
  • MS Office, SAP or related ERP experience
  • E2E business experience
  • Manufacturing and/or Distribution and Logistics experience
  • Knowledge and exposure to the concepts of Material flow
  • Experience and knowledge working with regulatory issues commodity markets, and currency
  • Lean six sigma experience


Let us introduce you to Tennant Company. We’re everywhere. In your sports clubs, shopping malls, office buildings, parking lots. We make things that make things look like new. We bring new cleaning ideas to market. There is new dirt every day and our machines clean it up. With manufacturing operations and sales, service and support functions across globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected. If you want to get your hands dirty on a project, step up with your own ideas, or maybe even explore talents you never knew you had, Tennant Company is a place where that can happen. Because at Tennant, we like to think like new. Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans.


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, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


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