Category Manager – Building Materials – Burlington

Category Manager – Building Materials – Burlington

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Burlington, Ontario

Engineering & Technical




Aplin has partnered with a leading building materials company to hire a Category Manager. The full-time position is based in Burlington, Ontario.

Reporting directly to the Product Manager, the Category Manager (Outside Purchased Product Category) will be working collaboratively with a high-energy, multi-disciplinary team.

Benefits & Perks:
  • Company and performance-based bonus
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • Hybrid Work Arrangement - flexibility to work both in-office and remotely after 3 months of probation
  • Thrive in a growing company and an environment that encourages professional development and advancement
  • Develop major program activities to include, program planning, organization and establishment of strategies, program execution including cost, and progress reporting from program inception through completion
  • Coordinate all project management activities including supplier negotiations, market research, product development, marketing, and product launches
  • Develop sourcing strategies and ensure that they meet all of the business unit requirements (cost, schedule, volume, technical capabilities, quality, and reliability)
  • Act as the primary program interface with the supplier and customer
  • Develop new and improve current purchased product programs that lead to increasing business with suppliers and drive top and bottom-line results
  • Manage fulfillment commitments, provide analysis, and what-ifs, and make adjustments to programs to maximize sales opportunities
  • Conduct price analysis to ensure that product offerings are priced competitively in the market
  • Facilitate training seminars to teach customers on features and benefits of products, and provide sales training to enhance the overall success of programs
  • Post-secondary education in Business, Purchasing, Engineering, or equivalent combination of education and minimum 3 years program management experience
  • Strong communication and presentation skills (verbal & written)
  • Experience working in a distribution environment and direct supplier contact
  • Experienced in product management, price analysis, and vendor management
  • Prior experience working with big commodities such as mold parts, aluminum, steel, doors, and other products used in the building materials industry.
  • Excellent purchasing negotiations and problem-solving skills required
  • Proficient with MS Office tools, MS Excel, and Power BI.
  • Must be versatile, able to work in a fast-paced environment, and be detail-oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and programs
  • Bilingualism preferred 

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