Category Management Expert - Marketing Procurement

Posted on Jun 1 Northbrook, IL

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Job Description

Job Summary:
The Marketing Procurement Category Manager is a key role with responsibilities for developing dynamic category strategies and plans to drive down the total cost of ownership, with a focus on quality, cost, delivery, risk, sustainability and diversity. Responsible for working with internal procurement teams and key business leaders to identify category objectives that align to and support key business objectives and strategies across all



Job Description

Key Responsibilities: 
⦁    Leads category strategy approach and manages complex category strategy implementation working collaboratively with business stakeholders, SPS peer functions and category research center of excellence.
⦁    Leverages quantitative and qualitative internal and external category information including business needs, spend, risk, performance, market best practices to influence category strategy development, maintenance and oversight.
⦁    Leverages support teams to drive category initiative implementation, developing scorecards to identify gaps and manage performance and risk   
⦁    Collaboratively develops and manages category demand plans and category purchasing adherence
⦁    Establishes, maintains and sets targets for supplier relationships, supplier quality and supplier’s operational issue correction
⦁    Establishes category metrics (Value Tracking, KPI’s, SLA’s, etc.), monitors and reports on realized value, category performance and category adherence by defining accountabilities for adherence tracking, analysis and reporting.
⦁    Facilitates and communicates category objectives, initiatives and non-adherence with cross-functional stakeholders and oversight councils. 


Supervisory Responsibilities:
This job does not have supervisory duties

Job Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
Education and Experience 
⦁    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
⦁    7 or more years of related experience

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
⦁    CPSM, CSCP, Six Sigma 

Functional Skills
⦁    Deep experience in category management and procurement leadership roles with accountability for global value delivery
⦁    Experience driving value in large global procurement organization by analyzing long term impact of new or anticipated strategies
⦁    Experience with direct accountability for a spend category, including category strategy development and oversight
⦁    Experience working within a fast paced, highly matrixed environment with multiple stakeholders
⦁    Expert communication skills both written and verbal
⦁    Demonstrated success in negotiating and closing on complex deals
⦁    Advanced change management and customer service excellence mindsets.
⦁    Experience working in an agile work environment

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.


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