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Navistar, Inc. Category Manager - HVAC in Lisle, Illinois

Position Overview

We are seeking a Procurement Category Manager - HVAC.The Procurement Category Manager leads managing Technology, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Sustainability performance of Navistar’s HVAC Supply Base. Responsible for HVAC systems for all Navistar products including School Bus, the HVAC Procurement Category Manager’s key activities include leading strategic sourcing activities for future programs, resourcing and management of cost reduction projects with suppliers on existing programs, supplier contract negotiations and administration, execution of comprehensive commercial agreements, and overall supplier performance management.As Procurement Category Manager, you will co-lead the HVAC Category Management Team (CMT) with your Product Development counterpart, working cross functionally within Navistar interfacing with program management, quality, manufacturing, sales & marketing, risk management, finance, logistics, aftermarket parts, product pricing, supply chain and more.


  • Leading the HVAC Commodity Management Team (CMT) to develop and execute a category strategy that best supports and influences the overall TRATON category strategy to build a foundation of unsurpassed supplier capability and performance, and optimal supply solutions.

  • Building and managing cross-functional relationships within Navistar and across other TRATON brands. Given the strategic importance of the HVAC products, this position is visible to senior leaders, both internally at Navistar and externally with our supplier partners.

  • Building strong strategic partnerships with suppliers to ensure that product quality, on time delivery and service levels are met.

  • Co-Leading strategic sourcing decisions for new product launches with long development cycles.

  • Working with Navistar legal group to execute a variety of legal agreements such as Comprehensive Supply, Development, or Warranty Agreements, to govern commercial relationships within the supply base

  • Analyzing total cost of ownership, and understanding the underlying cost drivers supporting new business award or cost reduction initiatives for best total landed cost

  • Analyzing commodity spend and developing recommendations for category and savings opportunities using variety of procurement levers including competitive bidding, global sourcing, negotiation, technology, supply chain/footprint optimization, target costing, aftermarket service parts, etc.

  • Constantly communicating to Supply Chain, Operations, Procurement, and Engineering customers and escalating issues when needed know who, when, and how to communicate effectively with all Stakeholders

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree

  • At least 8 years of supply chain, engineering or manufacturing experience

  • 1 year lead experience


  • Master's degree

  • At least 6 years of supply chain, engineering or manufacturing experience

  • 1 year lead experience


  • At least 10 years of supply chain, engineering or manufacturing experience

  • 1 year lead experience

Additional Requirements

  • Qualified candidates, excluding current Navistar employees, must be legally authorized on an unrestricted basis (US Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident, Refugee or Asylee) to be employed in the United States. Navistar does not anticipate providing employment related work sponsorship for this position (e.g., H-1B status)

Desired Skills

  • Procurement background with experience in Commercial Vehicle, Automotive or relevant industries

  • Self-starter with ability to deal with ambiguity and work independently

  • Ability to read, understand, and execute contracts

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Excellent time management skills – can organize and prioritize multiple projects and meet specific deadlines

  • Ability to establish relationships and encourage cooperation between organizations.

  • Work effectively in a team environment

  • Analytical skills, including data mining

Company Overview

Navistar, Inc. (“Navistar”) is a purpose-driven company, reimagining how to deliver what matters to create more cohesive relationships, build higher-performing teams and find solutions where others don’t.

Based in Lisle, Illinois, Navistar or its subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial trucks and engines, IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses, all-makes OnCommand® Connection advanced connectivity services, and Fleetrite®, ReNEWeD® and Diamond Advantage® brand aftermarket parts.

With a history of innovation dating back to 1831, Navistar has more than 14,500 employees worldwide and is part of TRATON SE, a global champion of the truck and transport services industry. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.

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Navistar is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to access the online application system or participate in the interview process due to your disability, please email HRC@Navistar.com to request assistance. Kindly specify Job Requisition Number / Job Title and Location in response. Otherwise, your request may not be considered.