Job Description

Looking for an opportunity with a dynamic, fun, and goal-oriented company? We’re growing quickly and we’re looking for some not-so-typical talent to join our team. 
Progress Residential® is the largest providers of high-quality, single-family rental homes in the United States. With more than 90,000 homes across some of the fastest-growing markets, our residents appreciate the flexibility, freedom, and convenience of living in a single-family home without the obligations of home ownership. 

Progress is committed to making the home rental process easy and enjoyable for the residents we serve by empowering our team members and investing in innovative systems and technology. Our portfolio has continued to grow substantially the past few years and we see increasing demand for professionally managed single-family rental homes and anticipate continued growth. 

Employment with Progress Residential is conditional on a satisfactory background and drug screen.

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Position Summary:

The objective of the Category Manager role is to develop and execute category specific national procurement strategies for direct materials spend to drive supplier performance improvement while simultaneously reducing cost and risk.  Leveraging multiple data & reporting platforms the associate will utilize their analytical skills to develop plans to support multiple groups of internal stakeholders.  This role will report to the National Director Strategic Sourcing supporting the team responsible for sourcing, contracting, and supplier relationship management of over $200M annual spend. 

Essential Functions:

  • Develop relationships with Progress Leaders across the organization to understand and document material and service level requirements as inputs to procurement strategy

  • Be a collaborative leader representing the Procurement team with a client-serving attitude

  • Manage Material Supplier Performance including Cost, Quality, Delivery, Contract Compliance.  Ensure supplier accountability to performance goals and commitments

  • Based on business requirements, develop category specific nationwide procurement strategies to reduce organizational risk and drive performance improvements especially lowering Total Cost of Ownership (including material, warranty, service costs in product lifecycle, transactional & logistical costs)

  • Utilize both quantitative and qualitative data sources to support development of strategies targeted at improving performance gaps

  • Categorize and analyze spend for the purpose of identifying sourcing as well as product standardization opportunities

  • Partner with the Supply Chain team to develop supply programs, i.e., forward stocking, safety stock, and new program plans with Progress’s Strategic partners

  • Partner with Vendor Management team especially on licensed trade categories to ensure product selections are aligned to vendor base

  • Close collaboration with procurement team peers to lead projects implementing new contracted materials programs and process improvements

  • Partnering with Finance, Legal, Operations, and Vendor Management to negotiate contractual agreements with these suppliers


  • 5+ years in Materials Procurement

  • 3+ years leading negotiations or supporting strategy development

  • 3+ years implementing material supply programs

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of supply chain management, finance, economics, data analytics/science, or business administration or 5+ years of progressive experience in procurement or supply chain management

  • Familiar with various Procurement and MRP software solutions and Category management best practices

  • Familiar with Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) modeling

  • Ability to travel to Suppliers, Conferences and Progress Markets 10-20% (5-10 trips / year)

  • Capable of analyzing and presenting spend analysis and category strategies

What you can expect from us:

Progress Residential® offers all the financial and non-financial incentives you would expect from an innovative real estate investment and management firm:

  • In addition to outstanding training, we host quarterly summits and town hall meetings to encourage growth, knowledge sharing and a good time. After all, it’s about progress, not perfection. 

  • We offer competitive compensation, including a performance-based bonus.

  • Our generous benefits package includes comprehensive healthcare coverage for you and your family, parental leave, paid time off, 401k match, 10 paid holidays and much more.

Closing Statement:
This summary is not an all-inclusive description of job duties. Other job duties and responsibilities may also be assigned by the incumbent’s supervisor at any time based upon Company need.
Progress Residential® is a proud Equal Opportunity employer, m/f/d/v. 

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