Develops and manages one or more sourcing spend categories and manages all Tier 1 contracts associated with the category(ies). Develops strategic category plans to optimize cost savings, service excellence, diversity spend and total cost of ownership for the categories. Effectively influences LOBs, including senior leadership, to achieve understanding, acceptance, and commitment of sourcing strategies. Works with Line of Business (LOB) to develop, source and negotiate major contracts. Plays a key role in Supplier Relationship Management / Scorecard process.
Category Leader, Senior
Manages top tier suppliers Maintains awareness of industry
and market trends through ongoing research
Leads the development of category strategies of low to medium complexity
Leads cross-functional team through strategic sourcing process and development/execution of negotiation strategies for low to medium complexity spend categories
Develops and review performance data with suppliers. Works with suppliers to drive ongoing value discovery.
Conducts and documents market research and supplier risk analysis to verify the financial health of existing and potential suppliers
Creates and maintains category plans Develops and sustains mutually beneficial strategic relationships with tier 1 and 2 suppliers.
Bachelors Degree in job-related discipline or equivalent experience
Masters Degree in Business Administration or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
License/ Certification Desired
ISM-Institute for Supply Management CPSM-Certified Professional in Supply Management certification
LSS-Lean Six Sigma Certification
Experience in supply chain, or related, 5 years
Experience in procurement, or related, 6 years
Knowledge of database and information systems - for example SCADA, EMS, OMT, OIS, SAP, ERP,
COSO, Teradata, COBIT, QuestionMark - as needed to perform at the job level