Category Manager Job at Sonoco, Hartsville, SC

  • Sonoco
  • Hartsville, SC

Job Description

From a small family business to a multi-billion-dollar global company, Sonoco has been changing the face of products and packaging since 1899 — all while keeping the heart of “People Build Businesses” alive.


Our talented people are at the core of our growth, constantly reinventing the Sonoco wheel with brilliant solutions every year. Today we are a world leader in global packaging solutions with diversified operations in over 34 countries. We're extremely proud of our portfolio of brands, our achievements in sustainability and industrialization and the groundbreaking work accomplished by our people.  

While reporting to the Director, Indirect and Services Category Management, the Category Manager is responsible for understanding the global market for the spend area he/she manages, and translating that knowledge into Sonoco opportunities. Opportunities could be reduced cost, improved technology, higher quality, better yield and increased dependability of demand, more value-added services, or acquisition candidates. Due to the strategic nature of the key commodities managed by this position, the effectiveness of this position is readily apparent to the bottom line of Sonoco.

What you'll be doing:

  • Analyze global marketplace trends and develop strategies to effectively manage and optimize Sonoco’s spend in area of responsibility.
  • Initiate and lead global sourcing teams to reduce Sonoco cost and improve supplier performance.
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies that match business needs with supplier strengths.
  • Develop supply strategies that align with business needs and ensure business units take advantage of all enterprise available cost reductions.
  • Understand “technology” of spend area and work with “R&D” leaders to ensure our specifications take advantage of the marketplace while increasing Sonoco competitive advantage.
  • Achieve cost reduction targets per the approved performance management plan and business unit budgets.
  • Lead internal and cross-functional teams to improve spend area performance. Members of such teams are usually mid to senior level people from the business units or corporate functions
  • Provide work direction and guide daily activities of assigned people within the Supply Management organization.

We'd love to hear from you if:

  • Advanced analytical and finance skills
  • Excellent communication and influence skills
  • Project and change management skills to implement strategies
  • Ability to translate abstract inputs into concrete actions
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Teaming skills
  • Independent action
  • Results based on developed strategies
  • Consistent achievement of annual goals


The annual base salary range for this role is from $123,900 to $148,680, plus an annual target incentive of 12.5% of base salary.

At Sonoco Products Company, we offer a comprehensive total rewards package, including competitive pay and benefits. *Benefits listed below are for employees located in the U.S. Specific benefits and wellbeing programs may vary depending on your location (within the U.S. or global), or if you are a union employee.


  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents, including FSA and HSA options
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • Wellbeing tools and resources to support holistic health, including an Employee Assistance Program with a variety of services
  • Paid time off and holidays to recreate, rejuvenate and care for the health of yourself and family
  • Variety of company paid and voluntary employee-paid insurance plans including life, personal accident, and disability insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.

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