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Procurement Manager/Consultant
Ref No.: 18-10838
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Job Title: Category Manager
Duration: Contract to Hire
Location: Allentown, PA (18101)
 
Note: W2 Candidates Only

Description/Comment:
Skills / Experience:
  • 5 years minimum experience required in a procurement organization as Category Manager.
  • Experience in a procurement organization with global reach would be nice to have but not required.
  • Experience with innovation / process improvement required.
  • Must have worked in a fast paced environment managing multiple projects.
  • Exceptional Excel skills required.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills required.
Indirect Category Manager Job Summary:
  • This position Leads the strategic sourcing activities for spend categories such as Maintenance, Client Services, and Software Licensing, with the goal of achieving significant initial cost reductions, while maintaining/improving product quality and supplier service levels.
  • This successful candidate will work closely with key stakeholders to develop effective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans.
  • The Category Manager's primary responsibility is to utilize the strategic sourcing best practices to capture real savings while making effective supply base decisions. This includes direct savings captured through consolidating company-wide purchasing volume and applying operational and commercial TCO levers to reduce cost and managing contracts with suppliers.
Responsibilities:
  • Develop, champion, and ensure implementation of ideas that will optimize total cost of ownership year-over-year for assigned spend categories according to group guidelines.
  • Track forecasted vs actual savings for the Category and be responsible for communicating performance against these measures and their potential budgetary impact.
  • Develop and implement commodity strategies and establish and maintain strategic relationships with suppliers to ensure successful implementation and support.
  • Work with business unit leadership to monitor contract compliance
  • Manage supplier development/relationships to ensure continuity of good and services that meet the quality, service and price performance standards of the company
  • Develop negotiations strategies and drive negotiations to achieve stated goals and objectives
  • Remain current with market trends through relationships with suppliers and market experts; identify and communicate new technologies and solutions to key problems in the assigned spend areas
  • Maintain a working knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations as well as any internal policies (e.g. code of ethics) or procedures to ensure that the behavior exhibited by the organization with the highest level of integrity, honesty, and transparency.
  • Lead cross-functional negotiating teams targeting key spend categories.
  • Collaborate effectively across different organizational levels, functions, businesses, and geographies to realize procurement goals and objectives.
Qualifications Required (Basic/Minimum Qualifications):
  • BA/BS in Supply Chain Management/Business/Engineering or related field required with MBA preferred
  • Successful 5 year track record in a global procurement organization
  • Global procurement experience
  • Able to work in a dual reporting matrix environment and aggressively take the lead on implementation of savings opportunities that affect numerous lines of business
  • Demonstrate Candor; ability to respectfully challenge senior leadership
  • Results Orientation
  • Comfort/familiarity with constructing presentations, organization communications, and business cases
  • Strong ability to build relationships and networks with multiple functions and at the leadership levels
  • Strong analytical capabilities and negotiation skills
  • Self-starter and independent worker
  • Strong leadership skills