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Category Manager - Supply Chain & Construction

235369 Requisition #

The Supply Chain and Construction Category Manager will be responsible for strategic management of American Eagle’s Supply Chain and Construction spend and for delivering services including but not limited to strategy development, strategic sourcing, market research and analysis, senior stakeholder management, supplier performance management, contract and commercial negotiation, and continuous cost/performance improvement. The Category Manager will develop solid, cross-functional working relationships and execute value driven projects in a timely manner.  This role will provide strategic thought leadership to advance the company, create value and drive strategic business decisions.  


  • Overall responsibility for developing, communicating and implementing the sourcing strategy of Construction and Supply Chain spend categories
  • Responsible for leading cross-functional teams in the sourcing of Supply Chain and Construction categories included but not limited to:  Distribution Center Supplies and Operational Services, Capital projects, Logistics, Contingent labor, General Contractor, Electrical, Store Fixtures, Millwork, etc.
  • Identify, create and implement initiatives to maximize value and ensure ongoing management of supplier contracts and relationships
  • Serve as go-to partner and strategic thought leader for all spend initiatives and supplier engagements with key stakeholders, by influencing their way of thinking while remaining sensitive to stakeholder challenges and requirements
  • Meet established savings targets and directly impact profit improvement initiatives and company P&L
  • Build and establish solid relationships at all levels in the organization and with key senior stakeholders, including the SVP of Global Supply Chain and Logistics, multiple Vice Presidents and Directors of Supply Chain and Construction and other senior business leaders
  • Prepare complex Requests For Proposal, as well as associated deep financial analysis, commodity benchmarks, trend analysis, and presentation of formal recommendations to senior executives
  • Negotiate appropriate supplier agreements with Key Performance Indicators  (KPI), Service Level Agreements (SLA), and Continuous Improvement efficiencies
  • Analyze market research for potential demand aggregation – supplier consolidation, contract renegotiation, price reductions or cost avoidance
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management or related field is preferred
  • At least 7+ years of procurement/sourcing experience with at least 2 years’ experience in Supply Chain and/or Construction Category Management with broad awareness of standards, trends, service performance indicators, financial metrics, etc. in this area
  • Strong negotiation skills and experience
  • Ability to operate independently and efficiently in a very fast-paced, deadline-oriented, retail environment
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to analyze data, understand trends and develop recommendations for action based on the analysis
  • Agility and flexibility to adapt to ever changing requirements
  • Team Leadership or Management experience, including coaching and development is preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to lead teams in decision making processes and influence others at all level of the company
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting
  • Able to travel up to 10-15% of the time for business purposes if required
  • Experience working with procurement application software such as, Ariba, Coupa, etc., specifically spend analytics, P2P, Contract Management and Sourcing
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook, and Internet applications

AEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity ("EEO") laws. AEO prohibits discrimination against associates and applicants for employment because of the individual's race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or partnership status, domestic violence or stalking victim status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This applies to all AEO activities, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, performance evaluation, discipline and discharge. AEO also provides reasonable accommodation of religion and disability in accordance with applicable law.

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