Category Manager II


Date: Sep 23, 2022
City: Chicago, IL
Contract type: Full time
The Category Manager II develops sourcing strategies for assigned categories to drive cost savings and ensure the Company is making informed, best value purchasing decisions. The position is responsible for leading cross-functional teams in identify and executing on sourcing and cost savings opportunities, developing sourcing strategies, communicating opportunities and influencing stakeholders, leading the process for requesting supplier information, proposals and quotes (\"RFx\"), evaluating, negotiating and implementing contracts and managing supplier performance.
  • Develop forward looking sourcing strategies for assigned commodity/spend categories
  • Meet cost savings targets
  • Identify sourcing and cost savings opportunities through category, market, spend, financial, total cost of ownership analyses and risk assessments
  • Build and create business cases / value propositions for identified sourcing opportunities
  • Identify and address purchasing/contracting needs of internal clients
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal clients and key stakeholders
  • Lead cross-functional sourcing teams, prepare RFx\'s, develop RFx scoring models, perform vendor analysis, develop SLA\'s and manage sourcing projects
  • Negotiate mutually beneficial high value purchasing agreements with key suppliers
  • Establish and maintain supplier relationships
  • Manage supplier performance and perform supplier evaluations. Develop plans for service improvement and implement corrective actions as required
  • Communicate and present sourcing opportunities to influence and build internal support among clients and stakeholders which may be up to and including Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers
  • Maintain telecommunications industry and professional sourcing & supply knowledge and stay up-to-date on industry trends
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with ERP systems, particularly SAP, Contract Management and E-Sourcing Systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of supply chain with particular focus on Procurement related activities such as category management, strategic sourcing, negotiations and contracting concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams and facilitate cross-functional meetings for projects (internal and external)
  • Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities through data and financial analysis, risk assessments and process reviews
  • Demonstrated successful experiences in negotiating purchasing agreements
  • Proficiency with Windows and MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Strong analytical, project management and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Bachelor, MBA or Masters of Supply Chain is strongly preferred
  • 3-5 years of sourcing or procurement experience or equivalent practical experience
  • Demonstrated ability to influence decision makers through creating value propositions and effective communication skills (oral, written & presentation)
  • Demonstrated Continuous improvement skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving capability through using fact-based decision making and applying out-of-the-box thinking while assessing the implications of the decision
  • Knowledge of the telecommunications or wireless industry is beneficial
  • CPSM, PMP or Six Sigma/Lean certification is strongly preferred

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