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Sr. Category Manager II, North America Procurement


Northbrook, IL, US, 60062

Job Description

Stepan is seeking a Senior Category Manager II, North America to join our Global Procurement team based in Northbrook, IL. In this role, you will be responsible for $150 million to $200 million of annual spend across Natural + Oleochemical raw materials used in Stepan Surfactant, Polymer and Specialty Product Business areas, as well as oversee Global Category Leadership initiatives. This role will report to the Director, North America Procurement.

Key Responsibilities:
• Develop and execute Category sourcing strategies, lead competitive bids (RFx) and contract negotiations to deliver Total-Cost of Ownership savings and Product Supply efficiencies.
• Build knowledge of value chains from feedstocks to end markets, identify stakeholder needs, and analyze cost-models to develop and recommend business solutions.
• Manage supplier and stakeholder relationships, engagements and presentations with internal and external Leadership.
• Build Global Category expertise with cross-regional collaborations and drive 
long-term value solutions.
• Ensure compliance with Procurement processes and procedures as well as the timely execution of procurement-oriented tasks, including price-forecasting and supply planning.


• 5-10+ years of proven experience in a Procurement, Commercial, or Supply Chain role
• High-performing professional with a drive for results and experience operating in a transforming, highly matrixed stakeholder environment
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, with effective stakeholder engagement, presentation and influencing abilities across departments and levels
• Proven problem solving, analytical and project management skills, and proficiency in SAP and Microsoft tools
• Experience in the chemical, manufacturing, food or pharmaceutical industry
• Domestic and International Travel as needed for the role.


• Bachelor’s Degree required
• Master’s Degree preferred



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 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 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 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 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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