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Category Manager - Agile Procurement, Rapid Implementation Team

Deerfield, Illinois · Information Technology
Category Manager - Agile Procurement, Rapid Implementation Team

Salary: USD $130,000 – $139,999 / yr

Deerfield, IL, US

Job Summary

Leads the development, implementation and ongoing management of procurement Level 3* category strategies at a local, regional or group-wide level for a portfolio of goods and services in line with Group Procedures. Works with stakeholders (functional, procurement and supplier), to develop strategy and tactics for procurement category and initiatives, provides thought leadership; identifies, creates and implements initiatives to maximize value and ensure ongoing management of supplier contracts and relationships. 

This job comprises of four key activities:
  1. Procurement Level 3 category strategy
  2. Sourcing of goods and services
  3. Procurement-led change
  4. Contract management

Job Responsibilities

Level 3 Category Strategy
  • Manages stakeholders (functional, procurement and supplier), defines and implements effective Level 3 (product/service level) category strategies to deliver a program of transformation and risk mitigation; obtaining buy-in at each necessary step of the process.
  • Challenges the balance between cost and service ensuring value for money.
  • Shares best practices and learning across categories, geographies and teams.
Sourcing of Goods and Services
  • Develops and implements a sourcing process that delivers the right level of service and commercial outcomes through planning, defining business needs, assessing supply market, defining strategy, execution, supplier selection and contracting.
  • Ensures supplier priorities and capacities are aligned, identifies options, risks and mitigations.
Procurement-Led Change
  • Leverages changes in supply market and demand conditions to deliver innovative services and commercial solutions.
  • Identifies and implements opportunities to improve service and reduce costs by challenging and continuously improving the what, how, when, where and why goods and services are purchased.
Contract Management
  • Ensures all contract obligations are fulfilled, risks are mitigated and contracts remain valid throughout their lifecycle. Holds internal organization and suppliers accountable for their actions.
  • Defines and executes a contract management program, while ensuring continuous improvement, variance management, contract compliance and governance for nominated suppliers to guarantee that the appropriate value is secured from contracts.
  • Expands high performing supplier relationships to maximize value for WBA.
Procurement Expertise
  • Acts as a subject matter expert in category management, sourcing, procurement-led change and contract management.
  • Navigates procurement across an international & multi-site operation. Drives procurement-led change through their own initiatives. Utilizes market and business intelligence, shapes the strategic Level 3 category agenda whilst also delivering on their initiative plans.
  • Leads negotiations and ensures the effective conclusion of commercial and service arrangements that meet the needs of the business.
  • Leverages procurement toolbox (spend data analytics, GNFR pipeline, contracts database, e-procurement etc.) to optimize results.
KP Recruiting Group was started to create a world-wide network of multi-level, highly skilled talent; that are either experts or working to become one, in their respective fields. Our process involves focusing on the talent, skills, and experience of an individual as a key indicator of the present and future value that they will bring to any organization.

In establishing a network, we are able to forge genuine relationships with talent and gain valuable insight that allows us to understand what motivates them. This data allows us to give strategic advice to our partners as they go through the process of managing their human capital.

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