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Procurement Category Lead
Ref No.: 18-03381
Location: Newark, New Jersey
The Opportunity: NTT DATA, Inc., a top 10 global IT services company, has an immediate need for a Procurement Category Lead.

Location: Newark, NJ.

Job Description:
The primary responsibilities include category management and strategic sourcing for several Material and Service categories. Responsible for identifying, developing and implementing category plans with spend in both specific lines of business and across Enterprise. A Category lead will manage several material and service sub-categories.

This position is an individual contributor role supporting the development and implementation of multi-year strategic plans aligned to operational goals that identify and bring maximum value for the Enterprise. The Category Lead supports the development of sourcing strategies using innovative procurement and electronic commerce tools to leverage total spend and drive savings to the client, while providing consistent quality and service levels. The Category Lead must plan and complete spend analyses, market analyses, sourcing projects, negotiations, contract execution, implementation, and supplier performance / supplier relationship management for the sub-categories for which he / she is responsible. The Category Lead will lead cross-functional business teams to implement multi-year strategic plans. The Category Lead will achieve results through supplier measurement evaluations, comprehensive periodic performance tracking, reporting of results and instituting continuous improvement programs with key suppliers.

Responsibilities include fostering change management, client relationship management, communicating contractual commitments across the Enterprise, and representing the client in the external marketplace. The Category Lead has no direct reports but will lead cross-functional teams in reviewing and evaluating the categories for which he / she is responsible. The Category Lead will track short- and long-term performance.

  • A minimum of 3 years of procurement, category management, contract management or strategic sourcing experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree in business, finance, scientific discipline or relevant field is required.
  • Candidate must foster an inclusive work environment and respect all aspects of diversity.
  • Successful candidate must demonstrate and value differences in others' strengths, perspectives, approaches, and personal choices.
  • Candidate is required to report to an off-site location 80% of the time.
  • Candidate must have a valid driver license and be able to travel 20% of the time.
Required Competencies:
  • Candidate must demonstrate experience / familiarity with material and service category management, contract management, and supplier management.
  • Strong analytical, market analysis and cost modeling skills.
  • Team facilitation, presentation and team leadership skills.
  • Must have experience with and the potential to lead large complex work teams and projects across business units.
  • Strong change management (people and process) skills and client relationship skills.
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to make clear and concise presentations in front of large audiences.
  • Thorough knowledge of contract terms and strong negotiation skills.
  • Strong computer skills: Excel, Word and Power Point.
  • MBA in business, finance or scientific field.
  • Knowledge of SAP, Ariba, MS Office including Access, Microsoft Project, quality control systems (ISO, QS & Lean six sigma), e-sourcing and e-procurement applications a plus.

NTT DATA is a leading IT services provider and global innovation partner with 130,000 professionals based in over 50 countries. NTT DATA recently acquired Dell Services. NTT DATA emphasizes long-term commitment and combines global reach and local intimacy to provide premier professional services, including consulting, application services, business process, IT outsourcing, and cloud-based solutions. We're part of NTT Group, one of the world's largest technology services companies, generating more than $100 billion in annual revenues and partner to 80% of the Fortune 100. Visit to learn how our consultants, projects, managed services, and outsourcing engagements deliver value for a wide range of businesses and government agencies.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and business needs. The Company will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, veteran or marital status, or any other class protected by law. To comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, the Company will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee unless undue hardship to the Company would result.