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Category Manager

The successful candidate's overall goal is to achieve the best total cost position for all external spend within the assigned categories, the lowest sourcing risks, and best supplier performances to ensure the highest efficiency and effectiveness of the Procurement team. He/she serves as the point of contact for supplier issues within the assigned categories including issues related to service, commercial terms and contract disputes. He/she must execute global best-in-class procurement processes using state-of-the-art procurement IT software support, ensuring the Procurement organization is utilizing the maximum potential within global and local markets (Cost Savings, Innovation, Quality, Logistics).     Responsibilities: Direct responsibility for spend within the respective categories Achieve Procurement targets globally or regionally for assigned spend inclusive of cost, innovation, quality, and supplier performance Develops and executes Procurement strategies to arrive at the best total value solution for the company Maintains business relationships with representatives of strategic suppliers Collaborates with other Procurement team members and business stakeholders to achieve category cost savings targets Leads, co-leads, or supports commercial sourcing activity across assigned categories as required to meet company objectives (e.g. e-Auction, RfX processes) Leads, co-leads, or supports non-commercial events as required to meet objectives, including, but not limited to Kaizen workshops, Working Capital/Inventory Workshops Executes contract negotiations/Terms and Conditions with suppliers Accountable for Performance areas: Cost Savings (SRT), Supplier performance, challenging of material & service specifications (demand management) Responsible for contract management of assigned categories and fully accountable for developing & executing supplier metric scorecards where applicable. Work closely with key stakeholders to build long term strategies for assigned categories Build project/savings pipeline to support planning activities Special project work as assigned Qualifications Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Business, Management, Supply Chain, Logistics, Information Technology, Politics/Political Science, Policy, Finance, Accounting, Data Science/Analytics, Marketing/Communications, Economics, Mathematics, or Engineering from an accredited Institution Minimum of 5 years of experience in purchasing or supply management Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.      Preferred Qualifications: Minimum of 3 years of previous work experience in purchasing management MBA in Business Administration/Economics or similar preferred Decision-making & communication and negotiation skills Innovative, Strategic thinker Customer-oriented with business acumen Demonstrated flexibility in her/his ability to flex between multiple categories/suppliers
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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