On behalf of our client in the Retail Sector, PROCOM is looking for a Category Manager for I.T. Procurement for Hardware, Telecom and Professional Services procurement.
Category Manger I.T. Procurement - Job Description
Engage Business stakeholders proactively to identify opportunities to improve TCO of category products and services, provide market insights, and address vendor performance and process issues
Develop and implement category plans and procurement strategies for managed category consistent with overall corporate and procurement objectives
Work with a team of analysts and contract specialists to deliver on category objectives
Communicate category strategy, objectives and performance targets to management team and ensure that objectives are met
Partner with Business stakeholders to drive cost reduction initiatives with vendors through various levers including demand management, TCO, etc.
Take category ownership and manage specifications, spend, vendor base and contracts for assigned categories
Prioritize and manage all strategic sourcing initiatives for managed category;
Coordinate efforts and provide direction with support functions
Lead the sourcing process including RFX, negotiations, TCO analysis, and contracting to put in place selected vendors
Ensure quality of internal demand management for managed categories
Assist the Supplier Relationship Manager with monitoring and managing :
o category performance and any corrective action when required
o vendor performance against contract obligations
o Serve as a resource to resolve issues / problems
Manage vendor relationships and execute vendor performance management techniques in accordance with standards and guidelines
Constantly monitor vendor market and identify opportunities resulting from new product offerings and / or market shifts (e.
g., entry or exit of vendors, changes in pricing)
Category Manger I.T. Procurement - Mandatory Skills
4-5 years category management, sourcing and analytical skills or equivalent work experience specifically within Information Technology
Knowledge of the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries
Preference is for someone with functional experience in a progressive IT environment in both strategic and tactical roles
A minimum of BS / BComm in business, a quantitative field or engineering.
External procurement certification preferred
Proficient MS Office Suite
Experience with Ariba or Fieldglass
Strong communication and relationship building skills
Category Manger I.T. Procurement - Assignment Start Date
ASAP - 12 months to start
Category Manger I.T. Procurement - Assignment