Job Description :
The Purchasing Category Manager (“PCM”) is responsible for developing, executing, and managing corporate sourcing initiatives for indirect categories. PCM will perform complex data analysis to identify new sourcing & other cost optimization opportunities to generate cost savings for categories managed. Categories would include, but not limited to: Electrical, Mechanical, Capital Improvement Projects, MRO, Facilities Maintenance, and Data Connectivity. PCM is responsible for negotiating complex/competitive programs & communicating to line of businesses and Senior Management the value propositions associated with Category proposals. PCM will work collaboratively with internal user departments to facilitate, optimize and execute the purchase and corporate governance of these spends categories within organization.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, other duties as assigned

Lead ongoing category management activities within assigned scope of spend categories to achieve business objectives and benefit targets
Drive development of supplier and industry category profiles and strategies
Identify and leverage company-wide spend opportunities

Coordinate Facilities / MRO purchasing activities across national portfolio of data center facilities
Lead supplier selection & recommendation activities including qualitative/quantitative analysis, selection criteria, long/short lists, RFI/RFP development, and bid analysis

Develop and execute sourcing strategies for highest spend, greatest complexity, and most critical/strategic categories
Provide strategic guidance to profiles and Total Cost of Ownership models used to support sourcing decisions
Develop implementation strategy, responsibility assignments, communications plans, and timeline
Lead implementation activities for categories with critical impacts to business and internal customers
Monitor compliance with supplier agreements related to high spend scope area

Develop long range sourcing plans for assigned categories to reduce total costs, optimize value from suppliers, and meet internal customer requirements
Conduct thorough spend analysis, develop methodology and metrics tools to track progress
Negotiate, review, and execute implementation of contractual arrangements per company policy and business objectives

Identify and implement system solutions and best practices that optimizes indirect sourcing and procurement work practices
Builds relationships with key stakeholders to gather category requirements and specifications from departments and category subject matter experts

Ensure tactical execution of purchasing activities to meet routine business needs
Drive value through innovation and collaboration with strategic suppliers and internal customers

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in Procurement, Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Business Administration, Management, Operations, Finance, or a related field
Five or more years of relevant experience in Sourcing / Procurement / Sales

Experience in contract development, execution, and management
Skilled in building relationships with key stakeholders to gather category requirements, specifications from departments, and category subject matter experts

Ability to resolve conflicts and solve problems
Experience in managing and leading change initiatives involving significant impacts to organization
Experience developing long range sourcing plans for assigned categories to reduce total costs, optimize value from suppliers, and meet internal customer requirements

Demonstrated company-wide procurement leadership experience within one or more indirect categories or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Procurement certification (e.g. ISM CPSM) preferred
Experience negotiating software and hardware contracts preferred

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals and disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or discrimination claim.