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Category Manager - Packaging & In-store Substrates
RR Donnelley
RR Donnelley
Job Location: Warrenville, IL
Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
Category Manager - Packaging & In-store Substrates


ID: 45297

The Category Manager of Packaging and In-store Substrates (Pk-Sub) role is responsible for leading the procurement categories of packaging materials and specialty substrates for RRD. RRDs platform uses various types of packaging materials used in folding cartons and other applications (SBS, CUK, CRB, etc). Specialty substrates consist of various non-paper materials used by RRDs clients to promote their brand inside their facilities (HIPS, foam board, polystyrene, polyethylene, fabrics, etc). The Pk-Sub must understand all aspects of these categories and will be relied upon to manage the category. Pk-Sub is the primary point of contact with suppliers through the entire supply chain cycle. The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage other supply chain categories as a back-up or as opportunities develop.

As a member of the GSS corporate procurement organization, the Pk-Sub will need to work with multiple internal departments to promote and lead GSS strategies while gaining alignment and compliance from the business units


  • Category Management; Experienced in procurement functions to develop and manage an effective total cost of ownership strategy. Recommend cost reduction without negatively impacting Clients. Stay abreast of the latest technological advances in materials. Communicate important industry information (mergers, closures, price changes, industry trends, etc)
  • Determine Requirements; Work with BU/Plants to understand Client material requirements. Make recommendations regarding new and effective structures and materials will be most effective on RRD equipment. Determine why a supplier is needed; volume, budget, duration, skills, services, market knowledge, certifications, alternative option.
  • Supplier Identification; Identify potential suppliers; industry intelligence, existing suppliers, recommended suppliers, specialty certifications, requests from suppliers on file.
  • Screen and Select Suppliers; Conditions of use; one-time or repetitive, geographic, capability, capacity, or back-up. Certifications; diversity, associations, regulated products and materials. Financial stability, market position, growth potential, etc.
  • Negotiation; Work with suppliers to obtain lowest cost total cost solutions that meet the business units requirements, including; price, pay terms, services, and ongoing productivity improvements
  • Contracting; In accordance with corporate guidelines, establish contracts that include; pricing, NDA, service commitments, terms & conditions, and other necessary elements to mitigate risk and to document the agreement.
  • On-Boarding; Management approvals, communicate supplier information to BUs, classify supplier in various systems, documentation collection and filing (W9, certifications, remit to information), transaction setup (SAP / PO, invoicing), supplier training on RRD systems.
  • Vendor Management; Evaluate suppliers performance; spend (compliance to classification and agreement), expectations (Quality, delivery, service, cost savings, pricing, productivity, innovation, claim resolution), Compliance (regulated products & materials, certifications). Updates to contacts, remits, COI, contract renewals. Reporting (regulatory, spend review, adherence to agreement).
  • Professional Development; Be aware of own professional needs to formulate, with supervision, appropriate training as part of your professional development.

Required Skills
  • College degree preferred, or demonstrated ability to meet the job requirements
  • 10+ years procurement with experience in folding carton materials and specialty substrates.
  • Ability to act as an advocate for RRDs requirements with suppliers
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to respond to sensitive supplier issues with professionalism
  • Good organizational skills with ability to handle rapidly changing priorities
  • High proficiency in computer skills, especially procurement systems and aptitude to learn additional systems
  • Good analytical and computational skills for price evaluations and spend analysis
  • Negotiating, contracting, and other procurement skills are critical
  • Capability to function in a team environment

RRD is an EEO/AA including Vets and Disabled Employer

RR Donnelley

For challenging and rewarding career opportunities with an innovative industry leader, consider RR Donnelley. RR Donnelley provides communications and consultative business services to a who’s who of US and international clients. A FORTUNE 500 company with locations around the world, RR Donnelley produces printed and digital communications. You probably touch our products almost every day. With a reputation for excellence built over 145 years plus a portfolio of patents and breakthrough new products, RR Donnelley is building for a strong future.

We are a business-to-business company offering opportunities in a variety of disciplines. RR Donnelley is strongly committed to setting ambitious goals, rewarding performance, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages.

RR Donnelley is an EEO/AA Employer
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