Category Manager

Job Function:
Quality Assurance

US, IL, Bolingbrook

Position Summary:

The New Product Development (NPD) Category Manager is the primary NPD team member with responsibility of sourcing components and finding new sources channels for prototype components, qualification testing, and production builds. As a cross functional team member, you will also work with Strategic Sourcing Category Managers to ensure preferred suppliers are used in production after the product has been released.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Project Management and Product Engineering functions to establish and follow a robust design process-based NPD guideline, including the improvement of new product development programs and speed-to-profit.
  • Recommend potential product and design cost improvements that may arise from projects, audits, tests, service returns, or supply chain processes and procedures.
  • Recommend potential product, design, and manufacturing (Including additive manufacturing and other methods) processes to improve prototype and pre-production build timing.
  • Keep abreast of changing technologies, including design advances, material developments, industry design standards, equipment, and techniques.
  • Develop suppliers to adhere to G&W’s PPAP and part characterization processes.
  • Manage the supply chain responsibilities across multiple cross functional teams.
  • Maintain “overall picture” of the project supply chain and provide/negotiate resolution to potential issues internally and externally to prevent delay to project timeline.
  • Monitors performance of supply chain and recommends scope, schedule, cost or resource adjustments; connects short-term demands to long-term implications, in alignment with the supporting business case.
  • Provides input to contracts, reviews contracts to ensure completeness of scope and appropriate accountability based on role and/or responsibility


  • A Bachelor’s degree or Associates degree with a minimum of  3-5 years’ proven project management, process design, integration, and development experience .
  • Familiarity with Lean Six sigma principles.
  • Experience with financial analysis and recommendations on cost savings.
  • Experience working in a Global company environment.
  • Intermediate level of experience with Visio and Excel. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Supply Chain Project Management experience; Project Management experience launching new products is preferred.

G&W Electric is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

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