Category Manager, Locomotives
Montreal, QUEBEC, Canada
8h ago

Category Manager, Locomotives

Job Summary

Reporting to the Senior Manager of the locomotive’s category cluster, the Category Manager will lead the development and execution of innovative category management strategies that deliver sustainable enterprise value including achievement of cost reduction targets.

  • The Category Manager will lead cross-functional teams, including business unit leadership and other CN functions to develop category strategies;
  • to work closely with suppliers to drive successful category management; to optimize procurement planning, and to recommend strategic priorities.

    This role also contributes to the development of Category Analysts considering development of ongoing coaching and the assignment of on-the-job experience.

    He or she will ensure the development and execution of category management categories. This role requires collaboration with business units / stakeholders to manage categories from demand planning through to contract execution, administration and renewal.

    Main Responsibilities

  • Establish Category Management objectives and strategies, KPI targets, inventory strategies and supplier management strategies
  • Oversee demand planning and forecasting activities relevant to the category
  • Lead the spend analysis and segmentation of categories based (considering demand and organization / market changes)
  • Lead Category Analysts in the development and implementation of Category Management strategies (including sourcing processes, evaluation, negotiation, etc.
  • while measuring and reporting these activities

  • Monitor supplier performance while managing key relationships
  • Establish best in class contract management principles and compliance management practices
  • Identify opportunities to gain business and executive commitment through the development / presentation of business cases
  • Support the development of skills and execution of talent management plans
  • Working Conditions

  • Fast paced environment, the incumbent must be flexible to changing priorities and mandates
  • Located at CN Headquarters in Montreal, this position is consistent with established and defined management levels
  • Some travel (infrequent and short trips) may be necessary
  • Experience

    Strategic procurement and / or supply chain operations

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in strategic procurement and / or supply chain operations Understanding of locomotives, parts & locomotive maintenance category*
  • Any experience for these above would be considered as an asset
  • Education / Certification / Designation

  • Undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Engineering or Operations Management, or related degree is preferred
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)*
  • Any designation for these above would be considered as an asset
  • General Skills and Competencies

  • Very strong project management, change management and negotiation skills (leading cross-functional work teams)
  • Agile in adapting to the rapid evolution of the industry and of technology
  • Collaborate as One team : collaborate with key internal stakeholders to enable higher productivity
  • Engage with external stakeholders to achieve beneficial outcomes
  • Communicate with Impact : influence others
  • Empower and develop self and others
  • Conflict management
  • Technical Skills / Knowledge

  • Strong financial abilities / capacities, including understanding Total Cost of Ownership and Net Present Value concepts
  • Complete understanding of category management, contracting and pricing models
  • Translate technical requirements into measurable contractual outcomes
  • Expert knowledge of contract terms & conditions
  • Understand category management, contracting and pricing models
  • Understand CN’s procurement policies and procedures
  • Understand affiliate rules and regulatory compliance
  • Understand relevant supply market structure and value levers
  • Understand the basic commercial aspects of the product / service categories
  • Understand rail transportation or logistic industry
  • CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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