Category Manager
Toronto, ON, CA
3d ago is currently looking for a Category Manager to join our Vendor Management team at our Corporate Office in London, Ontario.

Reporting to the Manager, Vendor Management, the Category Manager makes an impact by developing sourcing strategies, managing supplier relationships and performance while coordinating efforts between internal stakeholders and supplier account teams to support StarTech.

com corporate objectives.

Flexible work arrangements can be made for candidates located outside of the immediate London, ON area.

This position offers a competitive salary, bonus potential, and benefit package.

In this job you will :

  • Communicate regularly with vendors, acting as the key point of contact for all escalation items
  • Develop and deploy purchasing strategies to meet KPIs and reduce total purchasing costs through price and terms negotiations
  • Coordinate vendor activities including preparing and executing RFQ bids & analysis, supplier evaluation, selection and contract negotiations
  • Work with Product Management & Development requirements to research and identify new vendors
  • Establish a sustainable sourcing strategy, including source evaluation, selection and supply base rationalization
  • Lead sourcing activities and internal teams in opportunity identification and RFQs where appropriate
  • Proactively manage and reduce risk regarding cost, availability, quality and delivery
  • Lead ongoing development activity for key suppliers focused around areas where improvement is required, or can strengthen vendor / relations
  • Liaise with internal teams to prepare vendor scorecards and lead QBR’s for top and high potential vendors
  • Analyze trends and evolving technology to proactively identify supply base opportunities to reduce cost, minimize risk and protect revenue
  • Drive improvements based on manufacturing lead time, on-time delivery performance and other quality related metrics and communicate these metrics to vendors
  • Track and share results with internal and external stakeholders quarter to quarter
  • What You Can Show Us

  • Post-Secondary Education with a focus in Supply Chain, Economics or Business is preferred
  • 7-10 years’ experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain, vendor management or other directly related experience (commodity management, purchasing manager)
  • Professional designation in Supply Chain Management or equivalent (PMAC SCMP / CPP, ISM or equivalent)
  • Experience with IT equipment, computer accessories and associated technologies
  • Working knowledge of how electronics products are designed and manufactured, as well as Quality Management and improvement methodologies
  • Experience with regulatory compliance for electronic products, as well as environmental and social responsibility programs
  • Deep understanding of Asian supply chains and vendor relationships, and a demonstrated ability to behave with cultural sensitivity
  • Geopolitical awareness with knowledge of how commodities, raw materials and other external factors impact the supply chain.
  • Experience coaching other team members, acting as a Mentor, sharing industry knowledge and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence at the leadership, senior leadership and executive level, internally and with vendors
  • Strong business and financial acumen including experience in risk mitigation, skilled negotiations and issue / dispute resolution
  • Experience in management of long-term vendor relationships including providing feedback on performance metrics and deliverables
  • Procurement experience in competitive bidding processes
  • Ability to travel globally up to 25% of the time
  • What We Offer

  • Comprehensive Benefit Plan and RRSP Matching
  • Competitive Vacation Policy
  • Fitness Subsidy
  • Training and Development Program
  • Paid Charity Day and Regular Company Fun Events
  • Casual Dress Code - Jeans are allowed!
  • Free Parking and Subsidized Employee Café
  • Product Discount
  • Bonus Plan based on company performance
  • About Us

    Each day, team members from around the world unite on our global promise, we call it "hard to find, made easy".

    We empower millions of technology professionals to do more, more easily with leading connectivity solutions.

    hard to find, made easy

    Born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada and now taking on the world, is a vibrant, high-performing tech company with a proven track-

    record of double-digit year-over-year growth. Now operating in 23 countries globally, we are honoured to have received Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation for eight consecutive years and to have won various awards for our tremendous rapid growth.

    We are customer obsessed and it stems from our love of people, connection, and curiosity. Not only does our commitment to the exceptional deepen relationships with our customers, it also ignites connection within our team.

    Check out our LinkedIn page and become a follower so we can stay connected!

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