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IT Procurement Category Manager

Job Title:

IT Procurement Category Manager

Location:

Waltham, MA

Industry:

Information Technology

Duration:

1-2 months

Job Description:

Job Title: Procurement Category Manager - IT

Develop and advance category sourcing strategies that support key business objectives/priorities and result in significant cost savings and process improvements across a range of major spend categories. This role is responsible to drive improvements in total cost of ownership (TCO), deliver significant cost savings and identify continuous improvement opportunities across a range of major spend categories. The position requires specific experience in setting strategy and leading structured sourcing programs and negotiations for IT categories that includes, but not limited to sub-categories in software and hardware.

The Procurement Category Manager will report to the Procurement Manager. The Procurement team delivers value to the organization and lower total cost of ownership in the purchase of goods and services. The team is also responsible to implement process improvements that increase operational efficiencies, ensure accuracy of data and promote a positive customer experience. Procurement is part of the global Finance organization comprised of employees located in both New York, NY and Waltham, MA with regional offices in London, Sao Paolo and Singapore.

Responsibilities:

• Working with key business partners and senior leadership, gain solid understanding of strategic direction and supply requirements, corporate business objectives and priorities to develop sourcing plans and global/regional category strategies for procurement of capital expenditures and operating goods and services. Provide market and industry intelligence to help inform and shape strategy.

• Facilitate analysis of category/sub-category spend and identify cost saving opportunities and targets. Generate ideas and present opportunities to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) . Lead and/or facilitate cross-business and cross-functional teams to continually assess business requirements and drive process improvements that contribute to efficiencies, standardization and savings results for the company on an annual basis.

• Define procurement approach for categories/sub-categories and lead team through a structured sourcing process. Manage stakeholder engagement (internal and external) throughout the initiative, effectively delegating activities and tasks to drive process to completion including requisition and purchase order approval and submittal. Provide periodic update, report on progress and expected results to procurement and business area leadership.

• Manage contracts and suppliers for the category/sub-categories through periodic performance reviews; monitor cost savings. contract compliance and performance measurements to ensure targets are being met and value is being captured for the business under the agreement.

• Manage software subscription and maintenance renewals process.  Pro-actively coordinate with stakeholders on upcoming renewals and ensuring orders are placed in a timely fashion.

• Develop and employ procurement best practices to address global/regional policy, procedures and standards that effectively balance administrative burden, cost savings and risk/liability. Determine variations that are necessary across the enterprise. Document the procurement processes and procedures to ensure that Procurement activities comply with company policies and objectives. Market and communicate procurement policies, procedures and activities across the organization leveraging appropriate and effective communication channels.

• Analyze and continuously monitor market and industry data to insure programs remain competitive throughout the agreement period. Seek alternative and innovative solutions to business challenges and create competitive advantage. Leverage process, applications and tools to identify best approach for handling operational transactions to lower administrative costs, add accountability, controls and drive efficiency.

 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 4-Yr College Degree
  • 5+ years' experience
  • Specific knowledge and experience in sourcing, negotiating, contracting, analysis, project management and leading an area in implementing new supplier agreements/programs.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work well within a team environment and be able to positively influence outcomes with business areas that may be required to deal with change.
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders in a positive and selling manner.
  • Excellent customer service abilities
  • Record of excellence in communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Strong organizational, negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Ability to trouble-shoot issues and resolve/recommend solutions, independently form conclusions, evaluate alternatives and make recommendations based on facts and a sound business case.
  • Proficiency is MS Office suite

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree
  • 8+ Years' Experience
  • Certified Purchasing Manager or Certified Professional in Supply Management a plus.
  • Manage the Source-to-Settle process and the use of technology to enable processing efficiencies and to provide better visibility and control over external spending.
  • Proficiency in Workday

 

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