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Oshkosh Corporation Category Manager - Advanced Technologies in Hagerstown, Maryland

About JLG, an Oshkosh company

JLG began in 1969, when our founder, John L. Grove set out to resolve growing safety concerns in the construction industry. Since then we have been committed to understanding the challenges and delivering innovative solutions to the access market. We partner with customers to provide quality equipment, training opportunities and trusted support within the access industry. We are a global company, and our products—including mobile elevating work platforms, telehandlers, utility vehicles and accessories—can be found all over the world.

The Category Specialist – Advanced Technology role is an intermediate-level position in the Category Management Team within Global Procurement & Supply Chain function. In support of the organization’s Procurement Excellence Strategy this role will lead, in collaboration with Engineering, Product Management, and Supplier Development, the identification, engagement, evaluation, development, selection, and management of suppliers for key emerging technologies associated with the Corporate Strategic Initiatives of Electrification, Autonomy & Active Safety, and Intelligent Products.


These duties are not meant to be all-inclusive and other duties may be assigned.

  • Data gathering and information.

  • Subject matter expert on spend category.

  • Frequent use of data analytics tools to conduct spend and category data analytics while developing tools such as should and future cost projection models.

  • Advanced and independent critical thinking to formulate business cost versus value opportunities within category/commodity.

  • Knowledge of suppliers and supply markets associated with emerging technologies.

  • Knowledge of supplier relationship management and engagement to drive continued value to the business within the assigned categories.

  • Understand supply market trends and how they impact the business.

  • Interprets and understand engineering technical drawings.

  • Responsible for part taxonomy.

  • Understand category and connection of the global marketplace.

  • Negotiate key commercial agreements / contracts such as Long-Term Supply Agreements (LTSA / MSA), Warranty Agreements, Master Professional Services Agreements (MPSA) Statements of Work (SOW), Exclusivity Arrangements, and Intellectual Property (IP) Ownership

  • Proactively identify, communicate, and manage supply chain risk.

  • Lead the validation and governance of category/commodity prices including total cost of ownership models.

  • Advanced understanding of sourcing process/procedures; support and lead strategic sourcing initiatives.

  • Lead through influence; utilize project management skillsets to lead and coordinate programs from concept through launch, and may lead or participate on Category Council.

  • Understands key supplier selection and audit tools, with the ability to assess risk at a high-level and engage Supplier Development and Supplier Quality team members as necessary

  • Manage assigned categories and critical supplier relationships throughout the entire product lifecycle while initiating projects to support organizational objectives around Value Proposition, Supplier / Category Capacity Uplift, Supplier Cost of Poor Performance Improvements, etc. and serving as an escalation path for production concerns


  • Bachelor’s degree and three (3) or more years of experience in Supply Chain Management or a related field.

  • OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to travel up to 20%


  • Category strategy and/or strategic sourcing experience within the manufacturing industry.

  • Knowledge and understanding of key components and market trends tied to emerging technologies in the fields of Electrification, Autonomy & Active Safety, and Intelligent Products such as lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, battery energy storage systems, electric motors and invertors, advanced camera and sensor systems, and telematics.

  • Experience and training in managing projects through the entire lifecycle; Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), or another applicable Certificate or Certification is desired.

  • Familiarity with Supplier Development toolsets such as Quality and Capacity Audits and knowledge of other proactive risk assessment tools such as Financial Audits, Geopolitical Risk Analysis, etc.

  • Ability to effectively communicate across multiple cross-functional layers in the organization, including performing routine Executive-level report outs.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and provide leadership.

  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional follow through and attention to detail.


Moving the future forward is our priority and this includes your future. We encourage professional development and champion our employees’ success through various skills and training opportunities. Named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies™ by Ethisphere Institute for six consecutive years, everything we do at Oshkosh is guided by our core values and the 15k+ team members around the world who embody them.

We put people first. We do the right thing. We persevere. We are better together.

Oshkosh is committed to working with and offering reasonable accommodation to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to disability for any part of the employment process, please contact us at: 920-502-3009 or

Oshkosh Corporation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. This company will provide equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Information collected regarding categories as provided by law will in no way affect the decision regarding an employment application.

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