Category Lead – Senior - VF

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Posted: 06/01/23 Employment Type: 12 Months Industry: Other Job Number: 2201

Job Description


- Contracting experience – 7-10 years- Intermediate to senior level- RFP – 7-10 years- Bidding & negotiations experience- Direct Experience, non-IT- Construction experience, large projects - Qualifications:- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or equivalent work related experience • Proven track record to deliver results and achieve goals • Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with others • Experience leading cross-functional teams • Ability to build support and consensus • Proven financial acumen and analytical abilities Preferred: MBA • Certified Procurement Manager (CPM) • Three years of leadership experience • Experience managing large supplier agreements • Experience working in a Shared Services organization • Supply Chain experience in the utility industry • Knowledgeable in category management and strategic sourcing practices


- Establishing, leading/facilitating and supporting cross functional category management teams to develop and maintain category plans and ongoing category performance • Developing deep knowledge and experience within assigned spend management responsibilities • Developing spend/performance and external market analyses to monitor category performance and identify performance improvement opportunities • Developing spend and savings/performance improvement forecasts to monitor progress and ensure goals are achieved • Developing plans to capture identified opportunities • Defining category requirements through collaborative efforts with respective stakeholder groups • Collaborating with stakeholder groups to develop consensus on the appropriate category plans and priorities • Leading performance improvement initiatives defined by the category plan including strategic sourcing and other performance improvement initiatives • Establishing, leading/facilitating and supporting cross functional strategic sourcing/performance improvement teams as needed/prescribed by category plans to achieve savings and performance targets (e.g. reduce cost, improve quality and result in a lower total cost of ownership, meeting supplier diversity goals) • Leading negotiations with suppliers as needed • Maintaining critical supplier agreements including renewals, negotiation of terms, issue identification, tracking and resolution Supplier Management responsibilities include: • Developing and maintaining supplier criticality ratings and managing resulting critical supplier relationships • Managing supplier relationships including conducting Quarterly Business Reviews with critical suppliers and Client Executive Sponsors Stakeholder Management responsibilities include: • Developing successful partnerships with key stakeholders / business partners to achieve desired results • Developing and managing cross-functional category management and strategic sourcing teams as needed • Collaborating with stakeholders to drive needed decisions to achieve desired results

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