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KIK Products Associate Category Manager, Chemicals in Rosemont, Illinois

We are KIK!

We create the products and brands that people trust to clean, sanitize, and protect their homes, pools, and cars. We are one of North America’s largest independent consumer product manufacturers with 20 North American manufacturing facilities. We also operate globally in Europe, Asia, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. We are known by our portfolio of over 40 brands including Spic and Span® and Comet® cleaning products, Clorox® Pool&Spa™ (under license), BioGuard®, and Natural Chemistry® pool chemicals, and Prestone® and Holts® automotive performance chemicals. We are also the #1 producer in North America for store-brand (“private label”) bleach and a leading private label provider of laundry detergent and additives, dishwashing products, general purpose cleaning and other home care products.

Our global team of over 2,500 employees drive our capabilities in product development, product formulation, strategic sourcing, manufacturing, packaging design, brand marketing, project management, quality assurance, compliance, distribution, and logistics.

Our organization is constantly evolving and is driven by a set of “One KIK” values – a dedication to following through on commitments in a customer-focused, profit-motivated way; while never compromising on safety, ethics, or integrity.

This position reports into Director of Chemicals and is located in Rosemont, IL.


Manage assigned Chemical categories with responsibilities for analyzing spend data, sourcing, negotiation, administration, implementation of strategic initiatives across all Business Units.This will be accomplished by developing and managing the corporate initiatives, strategy development and execution. Responsible for leading supplier relationship management (SRM) activities, acting as the subject matter expert (SME), and leading cross functional teams in support of new or developing category initiatives that drive value and savings.

Category Management

  • Work with the Procurement Manager of Chemicals to develop and implement strategic plan for chemical subcategories

  • Lead procurement activities in cross-functional teams with launch and delivery of new category management initiatives

  • Support opportunity assessments and benchmarking to develop sourcing opportunities

  • Act as subject matter expert for category, maintain business intelligence, current knowledge of market trends, commodity data, and regulatory guidelines and employ best-in-class procurement methodology for the category

Strategic Sourcing

  • Jointly plan and execute sourcing strategies across Business Units utilizing 7-step sourcing methodology for sourcing projects

  • Conduct research on market dynamics, cost drivers, supplier business models, and historical spend to enhance future negotiations

  • Develop an understanding of supply and demand characteristics while negating supply risk (security of supply)

  • Develop different award optimization scenarios to minimize total cost of ownership and conduct post-implementation variance analysis

  • Track and communicate procurement KPIs and savings tracking to determine procurement effectiveness

Contract Management & Compliance

  • Develop and negotiate contracts, long-term agreements, and amendments with suppliers

  • Review contracts ensuring compliance around pricing, payment terms, volume commitments, rebates, etc

  • Support Legal Team in the administration of contract data, addendums, and additional supplier documentation

    Supplier Relationship Management

  • Manages key supplier performance goals and objectives; communicates periodic results to plan and manages top-level continuous improvement. Develops keen awareness of industry performance benchmarks

  • Support risk management assessment relating to supplier vulnerability, sourcing options, and material availability

Project Management & Process Improvement

  • Develops implementation and transition plans to support supplier qualification/transition.

  • Develop, investigate and deliver year-over-year cost savings through total cost management tools such as productivity improvement, value analysis/value engineering, lean, six-sigma, etc.

  • Bachelor degree required, preferably in Business or Engineering

  • 2-3 years’ experience sourcing direct materials at an enterprise level.

  • Experience with index market driven category management:Chemicals, metals, plastics, food, etc.

  • Experience managing multiple sites, industrial process-oriented manufacturing environment with a minimum of $25M of spend. Management of Spend Required.

  • Demonstrated command of complex sourcing, negotiating, and commodity strategies

  • Strong leadership, initiative, and planning skills.

  • Critical thinker, with excellent analytic abilities

  • 5-10% of travel required

  • Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing an asset

A Career with KIK Offers:

KIK offers very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including health, wellness, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. You can plan for your future with KIK's retirement savings options including employer match. KIK also recognizes the importance of continuing education and offers Education Assistance to our employees to encourage continued personal development and growth.


Thank you for your interest and consideration of a position with KIK Consumer Products.

KIK is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. KIK does not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, status in uniformed services, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, martial status, genetic information or any other status protected by law.

ID: 2021-7827

External Company Name: KIK Custom Products Inc.

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Street: KIK Rosemont Headquarters