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Category Manager

Company: Planet Forward
Location: Tempe
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Job Description:

The Category Manager performs daily activities associated with the strategic sourcing and procurement of services rendered for our clients across the country and manages a team of Procurement Specialists. This position manages a specific provider base to strategically align capabilities, cost analysis and key performance indicators. This position provides supplier pricing and market analysis to support contract negotiations.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages team of 4-5 direct reports.
  • Work within cross-functional teams in RFx development and execution.
  • Perform cost/value analysis of supplier products or services.
  • Maintains supplier information within supplier database.
  • Monitors trends in the service supply or product markets.
  • Monitors service levels and takes corrective action when necessary.
  • Negotiate agreements (SOW, SLA, etc) with potential suppliers.
  • Investigates and initiates alternate sourcing as appropriate.
  • Investigates and initiates cost savings opportunities.
  • Analyses and corrects as necessary Accounts Payable discrepancies.
  • Formulate strategic sourcing options.
  • Working safely is a condition of employment.
  • Must be able to follow all safety policies and proceduresQualifications:
    • Minimum seven years' experience is preferred in general procurement with high customer service requirement.
    • Ability to review and understand general instructions.
    • Strong problem-solving skills.
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Assists in the training of new employees.
    • Ensures that the team can adapt to new situations, issues and objectives.
    • Encourages creative ideas and develops solutions that benefit the business.
    • Translates business goals into concrete objectives and individual performance plans.
    • Recognizes and respects differences.
    • Focuses the team's attention on goals and objectives during times of uncertainty.
    • Focuses the team on increasing customer satisfaction through the implementation of higher value solutions.
    • Ensures self, team members and customers are effectively working together
    • Solid knowledge and support of formal RFx processes.
    • Solid knowledge and support of sourcing/procurement activities.
    • Facilities management understanding.
    • Proficiency is required in Microsoft applications with emphasis on Microsoft Excel.
    • Proficiency in E-Sourcing tools and their applications an advantage.
    • Experience in ERP systems (SAP preferred).
    • C.P.S.M. desirable.
    • Four year degree in business, supply chain management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Keywords: Planet Forward, Tempe , Category Manager, Executive , Tempe, Arizona

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