Job Summary The Category Manager Senior is responsible for supplier sourcing, relationship management and product knowledge within one or more assigned category groupings. Identify, develop and maintain strategic relationships with suppliers using strategic sourcing best practices that meet established service and performance standards. Accountable for supplier agreements and developing contingency plans to ensure critical supply needs are met. Responsible for proposals in high spend/complex categories. Principle Accountabilities
Develop and implement an overall sourcing strategy for assigned products focused on leveraging volume, knowledge and capability to achieve cost reduction, supplier consolidation, lead-time reduction, and supplier quality improvement.
Guide the selection, development, and management of strategic suppliers to meet product cost and performance goals. Partners with suppliers to build capabilities to meet expanding needs of the business.
Develop implementation plan and set up infrastructure and process for smooth transition of new suppliers.
Apply tools, techniques and processes to manage supplier relationships. Collaboratively develop and use supplier scorecards to identify areas requiring improvements or corrective action.
Support business units in the areas of resolving quality issues, assisting in supplier delivery problems, and ensuring that supplies meet all program schedules as a result of source selection.
Solicit material quotations and lead negotiation on agreements, contracts, and blanket orders with strategic suppliers to achieve quality, price, and service objectives. Plan and execute a successful negotiation strategy.
Perform cost/price analysis across the supply chain with a cost model of key strategic sources.
Respond to questions from vendors and internal business units related to the request for information and/or proposal, and requisition process.
Maintain current knowledge of market conditions that affect overall cost, lead time, and availability of products. Manage increases and decreases effectively – implement and renegotiate contracts where necessary.
Ensure the standard process for request for information, requests for proposals, and contract documentation are being followed by the business units.
Applies change management tools and best practices to ensure the realization of business benefits for key initiatives.
Build and develop relationships with multiple business units and ensure the procurement strategies support the overall company strategies.
Present and communicate procurement data to all levels of management.
Perform other duties as requested.
Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) preferred.
Advanced knowledge of operations management and supply chain processes in a large organization.
Basic knowledge of business law, contractual terms and conditions, and how to mitigate risk.
Ability to make sound business judgments related to strategic supply philosophies and initiatives.
Ability to synthesize and analyze data (financial or other) in order to draw conclusions and develop recommendations.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with internal and external contacts.
Strong oral and written communication skills, including effective negotiation skills.
Strong project management skills to properly plan, launch and execute projects.
Proven organizational and planning skills in order to prioritize and balance multiple projects.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including spreadsheet development.
Experience & Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Business or related field, or equivalent experience.
CPM/AAPICS certifications preferred.
8-10 years progressively responsible professional experience in a global procurement environment.
Proven experience leading high-level negotiations and implementing complex supply chain deals.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Work performed in normal office environment.
Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 30-40% with occasional travel to austere locations.