Category Manager I


Northbrook, IL, US, 60062

Job Description

Stepan is seeking a Category Manager - Corporate Indirect to join our Global Procurement team based in Headquarters, Northbrook, Illinois. In this role, you will report to the Global Indirect Materials Director, North America and work with cross-functional teams and leaders to drive Company success. This role will be responsible for the Management of several indirect categories and will lead and manage spend of up to $250 million of annual spend across goods and services for Corporate Facilities, Fleet & Travel, HR and other categories.

Key Responsibilities:
• Manage Corporate Indirect categories, including but not limited to HR,Travel, and Fleet and other  categories. Focused on category strategy development, supplier contract negotiation, stakeholder management, managing bid proposals (RFI/RFP) and supplier relationship management to maximize total cost of ownership savings and procurement value contribution to meet Company objectives.
• Work in collaboration with internal stakeholders and management to understand business needs, opportunities and risk; develop regional and global market insights.
• Lead supplier meetings and stakeholder reviews, present category updates to management, and participate in multi-functional teams.
• Ensure compliance with Procurement policies and procedures as well as assisting in the timely execution of Procurement-oriented tasks including contract, vendor and pricing management.


• 0+ years in Procurement, Business, Finance or related field - 2 years preferred 
• High-performing professional with a drive for results
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, with effective stakeholder engagement, presentation and influencing abilities across departments and Levels.
• Proven organizational, problem-solving, and project management skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft tools
• Exposure to SAP, ARIBA preferred.


• Bachelor’s Degree required.



Stepan Company does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 22 global manufacturing locations and over 2,500 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for over 90 years. Today, Stepan is a $2.7 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,500+ employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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