The Supply Chain Category Manager will primarily manage spend for our ophthalmic mobile hospital, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), as well as for our Hospital-Based Training (HBT) Programs conducted at our partner hospitals. They will occasionally also support our country offices’ supplies program, related to the spend categories management.

This includes all support and execution required to ensure successful order fulfillment, inventory management, and operational excellence of each FEH deployment. In this role, you will be responsible for end-to-end strategic sourcing activities and supplier management: developing multi-year category strategies for each category in complete alignment with functional / business objectives, building out supply chain capabilities to better support the business, negotiating agreements, acting as Supplier Relationship Manager (SRM) for strategic supplier relationships, and driving continuous improvement with lean/six sigma methodologies. In addition, you will act as a key business partner to the functional leadership teams.


This is a hybrid role, requiring working from our NYC office a minimum of 2 days a week. Orbis’s current policy requires that all staff visiting the NYC office must be vaccinated against COVID-19.


The Category Manager reports to the Supply Chain Director and works closely with colleagues on the FEH and Clinical Services, Global Programs, Finance, and IT teams.


  • Serves as single point of contact for FEH and HBT business stakeholders and leads 3PL (Third-party logistics) network to drive multi-year transformation through category management and inventory optimization and digital excellence
  • Leads supplier qualification, RFP (request for proposals), supplier selection, contract development, implementation, compliance, and ongoing supply base management process
  • Builds 3-5 year category and subcategory strategies using cross functional teams and sourcing process diligence (Supplier Assurance, Quality, Service, Cost, Innovation, Regulatory). Delivers year over year (YOY) cost reduction outcome in each category.
  • Manages contracts creation and approval process and leads coordination with Legal to ensure commercial relationships are appropriately documented
  • Supports and advises Supply Chain Director on policy, process improvement and compliance
  • Analyzes FEH, HBT, and cross-category spend and develops strategic sourcing plans to reduce the total cost of ownership for business units without compromising quality and service levels
  • Manages backlogs by sourcing for alternative vendor resources and implements and updates supply chain contingency plan to avoid supply disruption
  • Commits to developing mutually beneficial and successful relationships with diverse suppliers for Orbis DEI objectives
  • Uses financial planning, forecasting, cost performance, inventory, cash flow, tariffs evolution and inflationary indexes and research to inform robust sourcing strategies and connects with all levels within Orbis FEH and HBT divisions ensuring alignment of strategies and financial targets
  • Responsible for inventory management and processes via well-defined product sourcing and replenishment methods (safety stock/MOQ). Inventory data and tracking to be used to supplement and guide procurement strategy.
  • Tracks supply chain key metrics such OTIF, DIOH, Aged Inventory, Order and Inventory accuracy, Supplier Quality to measure and ensure a healthy supply chain
  • Trainer on Orbis supply chain system that ensures internal users’ proficiency for maximized system efficiency
  • Leads warehouse subcontractor to create expertise in both the areas of spend and in strategic supply chain processes and implements internal stakeholders satisfactory survey



  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Business, Finance and/or Supply Chain
  • Minimum 5 years of Expertise in formal RFX process and category management with a proven track record of achieving significant savings
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Inventory management, Total Cost of Ownership, and SEI (Supplier Enabled Innovation)
  • Transformational change management experiences in supply chain arena


  • Lean Six Sigma certification is highly preferred
  • Working knowledge of ophthalmic terminology and/or operating room supplies highly desirable.


  • Proven negotiation skills and strong business and finance acumen
  • Strong data synthesis and visualization
  • Ability to effectively build story telling through data
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to work proactively and meet deadlines

Orbis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

As a global organization, we welcome qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and marginalized communities who are underrepresented in the international NGO sector who reflect the five Orbis values of Accountability, Commitment, Equity, Innovation, and Integrity.

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