The Strategic Sourcing Category Manager position requires a strategic sourcing professional with a proven track record of success in identifying and achieving savings targets through the development and execution of category strategies. This position will have responsibility for categories including, but not limited to, office supplies, furniture, and miscellaneous or special goods and services required by University departments. Category Managers are responsible for analyzing spend, assessing business needs, and conducting market research to identify savings opportunities and implement category strategies to achieve and report on savings targets. This person will be responsible for monitoring and managing applicable buying platforms (e.g. e-procurement punchout catalogs, Amazon Business, etc.) and will work collaboratively with stakeholders to assist with their needs and improve processes in their area by providing guidance and implementing best practices for the purpose of reducing spend on materials and services by initiating and leading RFP processes and negotiating contracts to consolidate, reduce, and drive spend to strategic supplier partners. This person will execute strategic sourcing events in partnership with stakeholders, track and report on savings and other key metrics, and facilitate business reviews with strategic, contract suppliers to evaluate and report on performance to support supplier relationship management efforts.
Success in this position requires initiating category strategies (including developing RFPs and effectively leading RFP processes / sourcing events); achieving and quantifying savings that are in line with targets; tracking & reporting on savings and other benefits achieved; continual monitoring and reporting on key metrics; establishing collaborative stakeholder relationships and influencing buying behaviors to gain buy-in for process improvements and recommended strategies; developing and maintaining category subject matter expertise, and negotiating, executing and managing competitive University-wide contracts and supplier relationships. Maintaining open communication and collaboration between key stakeholders and Strategic Sourcing will be critical to ensure continued strategic procurement effectiveness and success.
Education and Experience
Bachelorâ™s degree, or equivalent combination of experience and education in an applicable field
Minimum of 3Â years of direct experience in âœStrategic Sourcingâ and developing category strategies
Specific experience developing RFPs and leading RFP processes
Professional certifications in strategic sourcing, supply chain, procurement â“ strongly preferred
Proven track record of achieving savings
Proven negotiation skills and contract management experience
Strong analytical skills and experience developing and reporting on metrics and quantifiable savings
Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
Ability to build relationships, develop internal and external partnerships, and influence change Â
Strong verbal and written communication / presentation skills
Knowledge of procurement in a university setting strongly preferred
Change management experience preferred
Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check and education verification.
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