Category Manager


Shoreview, MN, US, 55126

Who Are We?
Do you want to help to make the world a better place? Join our team! At TSI our vision is to create a better world by helping to protect people, products and the environment. We are proud of the wide range of solutions we provide that solve our customer’s problems around the world. From helping to ensure worker safety and understanding air quality to supporting complex highly technical industries such as pharmaceuticals manufacturing, semiconductor, and research customers, TSI employees are part of something special with a purpose.


Category Manager at TSI

The Category Manager is responsible for developing sourcing strategy for, and the management of, assigned commodities (Electro Mechanical) for TSI and DICKEY-john.  This position will be accountable for the sourcing, cost management, supplier performance management, establishment of long-term agreements, as warranted, and interfacing with other internal personnel. This position will also have responsibility for leading the Supply Chain and Engineering Teams for their assigned commodity areas.


What Will You Do?

In order to grow and build a successful career with TSI, you will be responsible for:

  • Working directly with the Supply Chain Director, effectively lead commodity areas assigned to ensure best total cost of ownership of material and service acquisitions, including the negotiation of supply and pricing agreements on behalf of TSI and DICKEY-john.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to tactical level supply management personnel within the operating locations to drive improved supplier performance for Cost, Delivery, and Quality.
  • Lead the development of effective strategies for assigned commodities, with a global perspective.
  • Lead the continuous improvement efforts within the TSI and DICKEY-john supply base(s).
  • Optimize the number of suppliers in each commodity area, and work with those selected suppliers toward attainment of best in class performance levels for assigned commodities.
  • Support management of relevant dashboards for both internal and external (supplier) performance.
  • Provide input on ECO items affecting the commodities supported and working with peers to drive effective implementation of ECO’s for items in assigned commodities.
  • Active member of new product development teams that affect assigned commodities and to guide the product development team with recommended sources and the preferred solutions.
  • Analyze information, make recommendations, and present relative data to the Supply Chain Director and Project Management on new supplier selection and current metrics achieved by suppliers.
  • Participate in lean manufacturing and administrative lean transitional events.
  • Research and analyze industry best practices and drive improvements to achieve “best in class”.
  • Lead commodity teams for assigned commodity areas.


What Do You Need?


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering or another related technical field
  • Minimum of 4+ years of work experience in supply chain management
  • Minimum of 4+ years of Tier I ERP software experience
  • Experience in a technical product manufacturing environment
  • Experienced in managing commodity areas/leading cross-functional commodity teams


  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain
  • APICS Certification, ISM Certification, or Graduate degree in a technical field 
  • Experience in a low volume manufacturer
  • Experience in a lean manufacturing background
  • Experience working in a multi-plant and/or matrix management environment 


What Can We Give You?
At TSI, our employees are our most valuable assets, and we care about their health and happiness. We offer a competitive benefits program to keep our employees and their family members protected and foster a healthy work-life balance. Additionally, we are committed to employee development and growth, and encourage and foster an environment of collaboration, and innovation. Our work has meaning and the products we design and build help protect people and the environment.


Dress for your day: We want our employees to be comfortable at work and we know they are more productive when they’re comfortable. The dress for your day policy allows employees’ discretion to select appropriate dress for the business of each workday.

Free Beverages/On-site Cafeterias: Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate each day at work. We also have two large cafeteria’s employees can eat lunch in, as well as an outside patio area that employees can enjoy during the summer months.

Benefit Offerings: Paid time off, holidays, competitive medical insurance plans, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, 401K, flexible spending account, bereavement leave, maternity/paternity leave, education assistance, and more.


Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship. We require proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 



TSI provides trusted measurement, application guidance, and data analytics solutions that enable our global customers to make informed decisions.  We are creating a better world by helping protect people, products and the environment, as well as by optimizing research and industrial processes.

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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