Category Analyst, Sourcing in Independence, OH at Kichler

Date Posted: 1/18/2020

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Job Description

Category Analyst - Sourcing

The category analyst will facilitate the strategic sourcing process for assigned categories.  

  • The position will work closely with Product Management, Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Purchasing functions to:  
  • Research, identify, evaluate, and onboard competitive global sources for assigned categories ensuring lowest total cost of ownership. 
  • Manage the RFQ process via e-sourcing tools for NPI and TCP projects as assigned, analyze quotation data, and recommend placement based on lowest total cost of ownership. 
  • Work with vendors to build should cost data for key materials and processes. 
  • Perform segmentation analysis of spend along key commodity and 2nd tier inputs, identify shared volume opportunities, use insights to drive cost out activities 
  • Lead the vendor assessment process via RFI events and ensure ongoing recording of vendor information and metrics. 
  • Facilitate the execution of cost reduction projects against annual total cost of productivity goals  

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead efforts in new vendor research and outreach establishing global contacts for critical material sources 
  • Build and maintain a portfolio of sourcing options through online research, attending trade shows, and vendor visitations.  
  • Work closely with Asia Sourcing team in broadening the organizations' understanding and management of critical second tier suppliers. 
  • Ensuring that all correct inputs are received and organized in preparation for quoting event 
  • Publishing and monitoring the progress of vendor review and quotation of the event 
  • Facilitating vendor questions regarding event details such as engineering and specification requirements 
  • Collecting and analyzing quotation data and presenting a recommended placement to the project team 
  • Drive cost reduction projects based on RFX insights through vendor communication, negotiation, and cross functional engagement. 
  • Position will be measured on their performance as realized through Total Cost of Productivity savings achieved for their categories within calendar year. 
  • Manage the RFI process with new vendors, making sure that all necessary data is received to begin the evaluation process 
  • Create documentation and communicate Standard Kichler Business Practices to new vendors 
  • Ensure that all negotiated documents (i.e. contracts) are successfully submitted for approval, signed, and returned to vendor for record keeping 
  • Analyze the costs of Kichler products and their components through cross SKU analysis of key manufacturing inputs and keep records of same.   
  • Collect market pricing data and maintain a “should cost” database for assigned categories 
  • Perform spend segmentation analysis across product category, commodity, vendor and other product attribute to drive insights on consolidation and cost out opportunities 
  • Position will maintain a category scorecard of approved sourcing options that will including core metrics of spend, capacity, on time delivery, quality, and cost.   
  • Position will assist in annual supplier risk analysis events by providing key metric analysis. 


  • BA/BS degree required in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Engineering, or equivalent experience within Kichler. MBA preferred. 
  • 3-years work experience including design, development, manufacturing, and procurement experience. Successful track record of global sourcing a plus.
  • Must have a history of handling multiple projects concurrently while managing timelines, scheduling, and meeting deadlines. 
  • Strong written/oral communication skills and experience communicating with Chinese team members in a manner that is easy to understand by them.  Chinese or other foreign language ability preferred. 
  • Must be able to work cross functionally with various departments and coworkers of all levels including Asian suppliers.
  • Proven negotiation skills with proven track record of contractual and pricing negotiations a must.  
  • Advanced use of MS platform including Excel is preferred.

Why Kichler?

Kichler is a leader in interior and exterior decorative lighting, landscape lighting and ceiling fans. Kichler products are available through authorized independent lighting showrooms, electrical distributors, procurement companies, irrigation distributors and select e-retailers.

What we offer you as a Kichler employee:

  • Competitive salary, Paid vacation 
  • Comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance 
  • Available 401(k) program with generous company match (no waiting period, 100% vested)
  • Company-paid Life insurance and STD/LTD disability coverage 
  • Onsite cafeteria and work-out facility
  • Location: Adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Employee discount purchase program (MASCO partners)
  • Company events including Night at the Indians, Holiday party, Breakfast with Santa, Summer Picnic

The Kichler brand encompasses more than 3,000 products, including chandelierswall sconcesbath lightingceiling fansunder-cabinet lightinglandscape lightinglamps and accessories. A leader in energy-efficient technology, Kichler's line of Design Pro LED fixtures feature several winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow Award, sponsored by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Lighting Association.

  • Please note this position is NOT open for external recruitment and any inquires will not illicit a response from our HR department.
  • Shift

    Full or Part Time

    Full time

    Kichler Lighting (the “Company”) is an equal opportunity employer and we want to have the best available persons in every job. The Company makes employment decisions only based on merit. It is the Company’s policy to prohibit discrimination in any employment opportunity (including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, salary increases, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment) based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical/mental disability, medical condition, marital/domestic partner status, military and veteran status, height, weight or any other such characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company regardless of where the employee is located and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company.

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