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Category Manager - Capital Expenditures

Hydro  Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 20,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standards profiles, to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.  Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses with focus on a safe and good workplace for our 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations.

Hydro is committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future and in doing so, creating more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways to industries that matter.


Job Location: Pittsburgh, PA


Hydro employees can enjoy several benefits including:

  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company Match/Contributions
  • Education Assistance
  • Bonus Plan Eligibility
  • Parental Leave


Job Summary: 

The Category Manager CapEx (Capital Expenditures) is responsible for managing the procurement activities of capital equipment, building, infrastructure and services from manufacturers across the globe at the best overall value to Hydro.


The Category Manager – CapEx is a key member of the central Hydro Extrusions Procurement team. The individual holding this position will report directly to the VP Procurement Hydro Extrusions and will work closely with the Investment Controlling Director and other internal stakeholders (e.g. OpEx, Engineering, Business Unit Procurement, Plant Procurement and senior leadership).


This is a global role for the CapEx category in Hydro Extrusions, working across Business Units (Extrusion Europe, Extrusion North America, Precision Tubing and Hydro Building Systems) but with a strong focus on Extrusion North America. Therefore, the individual will also work closely with the Extrusion North America Procurement Director.  The position will be preferably based in Pittsburgh.


Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Preferred focus in Engineering, Supply Chain, Finance, or related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience, although prefer 10+ years, working in Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Category Management, or related field
  • Experience with capital equipment and services category, ideally in collaboration with OpEx and Engineering
  • Experience developing a strategic approach to spend categories or supply base
  • Experience working in a cross-functional setting to ensure all business areas (e.g.; finance, legal, operations, etc.) are providing the appropriate input to accomplish procurement goals


Preferred Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and video conferencing tools
  • Experience with Should-Cost modeling, Total Cost of Ownership, and ROI analysis preferred
  • Experience working within a project management environment 
  • Ability to understand technical equipment terminology and read engineering prints
  • CPSM/CPSD/C.P.M. certification(s) preferred


Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead category strategy development, deployment and supplier management for Capital Equipment and Services. Analyze category trends, support business strategy and deliver improved value for money, mitigate risk and enhance quality and service.
  • Work closely with stakeholders (e.g. OpEx, Engineering, Plant Procurement, Business Development, Finance and other senior leadership) to understand the strategic direction, capital requirements and business priorities.
  • Achieve overall cost avoidances, while ensuring vendors meet all requirements for quality, project timelines, adherence to established contracts, and all Health, Safety, and Environmental considerations.
  • Act as a leader in managing the total cost of ownership (TCO) within the category, coordinating all procurement activities to seek alternate and innovative ideas to provide business solutions, incorporate technical requirements and specifications and create competitive advantage.
  • Benchmark capital costs and best practices across Business Units and plants to ensure we maximize value creation across all Hydro Extrusion.
  • Lead Request for Proposals, conduct fact-based negotiations with suppliers (building on supplier and industry analysis, benchmarks, cost structure analysis), review and select suppliers with whom we can build long term customer/supplier relationships.
  • Negotiate, draft and finalize multi-year contractual agreements establishing strong commercial, safety, sustainability, ethical and legal contract terms.
  • Manage major contracts and supplier relationships for the CapEx category through supplier scorecards and business reviews; measure contract compliance and other key metrics to ensure targets/ schedules are being met and value is being delivered to the business.
  • Act as a liaison between Hydro Extrusion stakeholders and suppliers/contractors/sub-contractors to implement contracts fulfilment and facilitate issue resolution (e.g., warranty claims, vendor delays, project budget adherence) to ensure optimal stakeholder satisfaction and business objectives.
  • Work closely with Investment Controlling Director and the plants to ensure all purchasing activities are conducted in accordance with proper policies and procedures. Track execution of the projects; focusing on cost and timeline.
  • Ensure compliance to all Hydro Procurement Policies and all applicable laws.
  • Review and challenge current CapEx procedures and processes to guarantee procurement is involved at the right stages of project development and supplier outreach.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% as required.




Care, Courage, & Collaboration

At Hydro We care about our People!

We care about Safety!


Hydro is heading in a new and exciting direction, and we depend on different perspectives to solve our tasks and meet customer needs. Building on our three core values – Care, Courage and Collaboration – we target a high performing and sustainable work environment based on inclusion of our differences.  Hydro in North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all phases of employment are based strictly upon the qualifications of the individual as related to the work requirements of the position. This policy is applied without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law.   


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Posted on:  Feb 8, 2024

Moon Township, PA, US, 15108

Department:  Finance
Business Area:  Hydro Extrusions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Holding Offenburg GmbH
Job Type:  Permanent

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

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