IT Sourcing Category Manager
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3d ago


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Position Summary

We have an exciting opportunity within our Strategic Sourcing team as a Category Manager in the IT & Indirect area, reporting to the Director of Strategic Sourcing.

In this role, the successful candidate will be accountable to develop and implement category strategies that reflect business priorities and maximize supplier effectiveness.

Leveraging your exceptional communication skills with senior stakeholders, you will develop and prioritize work plans for your sourcing categories and bring to execution on those plans to deliver incremental service and ongoing savings to the business.

The role will also involve a small level of financial reporting and analysis (10-20%) therefore the successful candidate should have a high level of excel expertise.

What you'll do in the role

  • Proven experience managing and leading the RFx process, including commercial negotiations with specified supplier(s) across the IT strategic sourcing sector, to ensure that the agreed business objectives and quality standards are delivered on budget.
  • You are an expert in gathering, analyzing and documenting clear and concise business requirements, functional specifications and service level expectations, ensuring that the delivered contractual solutions meet our priorities and business needs.
  • You understand the importance of ensuring that proper governance and process is adhered to in our contracting process, continually mitigating potential business risk and work closely with Legal, Risk and / or external counsel to understand and manage risks associated with contracts and ensure compliance with relevant law and regulation.
  • As a strong negotiator, you will identify, recommend, implement and monitor contractual changes as required in order to ensure costs and services evolve to match changing business needs and priorities.
  • You are a natural with building and managing relationships with suppliers and cross-functional business units to continually identify and pursue potential supply chain opportunities and benefits.
  • Your exceptional influencing and communication skills contribute to securing full engagement and sponsorship from senior internal stakeholders and ensure total alignment between category strategy deliverables and business objectives
  • You bring team spirit and are an active team contributor. You work well with peers, senior leadership and customers sharing expert advice and guidance and coaching in order to enable a stronger partnership and maximize the benefits achievable from good practice and developing optimal insight and understanding of defined supply chain categories
  • You will be responsible for end to end management of assigned categories, including the category strategy development.
  • category sourcing plan execution, analytical reporting and projects to optimize value

  • You will support as needed the regular Savings Tracking and Operational Planning process as well as other ad-hoc excel / power point projects.
  • This includes supporting the team on RFx Financial Analysis as well as scoring matrices for large projects with multiple vendors in the IT space.

    What you'll need

  • Minimum of 5 years supply chain / procurement experience, including category management roles within an IT strategic Sourcing function
  • Excellent track record of supplier process development, improvement and relationship management
  • You bring expertise with contract design and development and proficient in Excel Cost Analysis and Modeling
  • Superior stakeholder management skills, and the ability to influence at all levels of the business
  • Truly self-motivated, take ownership professional and continuously demonstrates a sense of urgency. You are a driver of innovation and possess a keen ability to identify benefit generating opportunities.
  • Excellent listening, documentation, communication and influencing skills with strong commercial negotiation skills
  • Exposure within a high volume and fast paced environment you will utilize your superior organizational skills; and have the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree education
  • Financial Services / Insurance experience (within either a sourcing or business capacity) is an asset
  • Fully bilingual (French and English) is an asset
  • What you'll receive

  • A market-leading, comprehensive Total Rewards Program which includes competitive compensation and bonus, flexible benefits, and pension plan.
  • Best-in-class vacation policy that includes paid volunteer, parental leave top-up programs and personal leave days.
  • Strong learning culture with a focus on overall development, internal mobility and career advancement.
  • Tuition reimbursement program.
  • A culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion, with a strong focus on community and corporate social responsibility.
  • Temporary / Fixed Term Hires :

  • Competitive salary
  • Strong learning culture
  • Diverse, award-winning culture with a strong focus on corporate social responsibility
  • At RSA, our purpose is to Make Life Better Together and that starts with our people. We work side by side with driving energy and determination to get better every day, through industry leading thinking, and by listening to and respecting all perspectives.

    This is how our leaders and our people make an impact. We are forward looking, so we can adapt, evolve and improve, ultimately achieving our better, together.

    We are committed to creating an environment that promotes a healthy work-life balance. Our people managers and leaders successfully manage flexible work arrangements for their teams to ensure they are optimal for both the individual, and the business.

    At RSA Canada, we are committed to creating a workplace where our employees thrive; where everybody counts and everyone is heard.

    Where you can be your whole self at work wherever that is everyday. To celebrate differences, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because we believe having a diverse workforce which embraces different perspectives makes RSA Canada a more vibrant and creative place to work.

    RSA is an equal opportunity employer. We provide accommodation for individuals with disabilities in the job application process.

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