Category Manager, Locomotives
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.
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
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
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
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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