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Category Manager

Louisville, KY | Work from home flexibility

Posted: 02/03/2023 Job Category: Other Area(s) Job Number: 6576

Job Description

Manage particular customers/categories within supply chain for a wide variety of corporate requirements and issue contractual commitments with an estimated value of up to $100 million or less per year.

Responsible for procuring services which supports the Facilities, Print Services, Fleet, Logistics, Travel, Equipment Rental areas as well as other undefined needs supporting the Indirect Procurement team, on a best evaluated total cost of ownership basis, and assuring quality and schedule compliance in accordance with the end user's requirements.

This position determines contract models and strategies, determines services and material supply chain models, interfaces and communicates with technical subject matter experts and managers, administers contracts, conducts negotiations, performs market/price/financial analysis, develops supplier relationships, tracks and manages supplier performance, and drives continuous improvement and productivity with suppliers and customers.

Daily Activities: 
-  Develop negotiation strategies and company positions on complex (multi-million dollar) contracts, work with Office of General Counsel to identify and incorporate appropriate levels of commercial protection, and conduct negotiations to achieve the optimal business results for the company.
- Perform market analysis and financial analysis to determine business risk associated with a supplier or contract. Mitigate risk as necessary by using hedges for foreign currency, pursuing performance and payment bonds, or obtaining parental guarantees.
- Analyze and develop company position on claims and disputes and subsequently consult with senior management to resolve/negotiate claims and disputes associated with complex procurements.
- Manage the supply chain process from specification/definition of need through contract administration and investment recovery. Evaluate sources of supply and develop optimal pricing methodology, warranty, and product/service performance requirements. Determine and utilize the most strategic supply chain model to acquire the necessary products and services at the maximum level of savings.
- Be the corporate expert for assigned category, and know the market drivers, supplier base, emerging technologies, regulatory factors, category spend by supplier, inventory, supplier, and fill rate performance. Exhibit ownership of the entire supply chain for assigned category from cradle to grave.
-  Acts as primary liaison to suppliers within assigned category.

Position Requirements (Required Skills):
- Business, engineering, supply chain, or related field 
-  Logistics or services buying experience.
- Supply Chain and market knowledge of products, equipment, and services.
- This position is authorized to award contracts up to $4,000,000 on any individual procurement before requiring additional management review.
- Candidate must be comfortable and confident with this level of responsibility.
- Working knowledge of business law, commercial terms and conditions, and related legal issues.
- Strong negotiation and analytical skills.
- Proven project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Experience in Electric or Gas Utility supply chain procurement is preferred.
- Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (C.P.S.M), preferred.

Special Skills:  
- Experience using a cloud based ERP system such as Infor, Oracle, SAP, Zycus  

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.

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