Category Specialist

Glenview, Illinois |$50-60K | Job ID: 102150

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Job Description

Our client, an innovative leader in the packaging industry located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is looking for a Category Specialist to join their team on a temp-to-perm basis to help continue their pattern of growth.


Category Specialist Responsibilities:

  • With direction from the Category Manager, manage product line hierarchy by maintaining competitive product database including product profiles and comparisons
  • Maintain product specifications for all company branded and manufacturer branded product lines
  • Review contracts, pricing quotations and bid process as required
  • Source new items at direction of Category Manager and advise on availability, costing and service program details
  • Interface and coordinate with all suppliers in communications, handling issues and planning
  • Coordinate corporate purchasing programs and buying parameters for all participating suppliers
  • Oversee supplier management scorecard, highlighting issues for Category Manager
  • Work closely with Procurement as part of overall supplier management program
  • Provide marketing and sales support by managing literature needs with suppliers
  • Maintain on-line catalog database to support electronic sales materials
  • At the direction of the Category Manager, assist with product launches and product penetration programs
  • Manage product sample program
  • Oversee rebate process by managing database set up, updates, accuracy and tracking
  • Maintain records of all supplier contracts and program agreements

Category Specialist Requirements:

  • Work is performed at the Glenview office
  • Excel (V lookup, organizing a spreadsheet, basic formulas, etc.)
  • Confident in speaking on the phone (not to source or negotiate, but to gather/verify data)
  • Solid written skills to be able to compose simple email requests that would be sent to suppliers

If you are interested in this Category Specialist opportunity and qualify per above requirements, please apply today.

Thank you,


Grace Collins
Project Manager, Supply Chain
LaSalle Network

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LaSalle Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer m/f/d/v.

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