Manages a supply chain for highly technical and complex materials or services category that ensures high availability and quality at the lowest possible total cost to Operations. Acts as a primary liaison to outside suppliers, both current and potential. Leads the management of the supplier relationship strategy. Works closely with senior managers, technical / specification engineers and decision makers to determine the long-term needs and appropriate supply market strategy. Manages the supply chain processes for a given commodity or service category including but not limited to the development of contracting, labor, e-business, diversity, inventory and cost reduction strategies, such that the category effectiveness and efficiency is continually improved. Works closely with Supply Operations to resolve complex or repetitive commercial issues. Identifies, and facilitates the implementation of new supply chain process improvement initiatives.