Assistant Category Mgr - Indirect
Lake Forest , Illinois
November 03, 2016
Primary Function:

The Assistant Category Manager is responsible for supporting the execution of category management strategies and activities and of strategic sourcing process and approaches for assigned indirect categories/sub-categories to support Professional Services.

For assigned spend sub-categories he/she will plan, deploy and disseminate category strategies and conduct sourcing projects by engaging stakeholders and the required cross-functional resources. He/She will assist in effective strategic supplier relationship, risk and compliance management programs with regards to category management and support the management of category benefits and other key performance metrics.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Job is an individual contributor and has no direct reports
  • Develop recommendations and strategies to ensure adequate compliance monitoring, and benefits tracking
  • Support the monitoring and reviewing of spend/expenditure and/or consumption analysis data and revisit and review all projections to ensure that supply and demand are aligned
  • Assist in effective risk and compliance management with regards to category management
  • Support the execution of category management strategies and activities and strategic sourcing process and approaches for assigned indirect services categories/sub-categories
  • Follow the uniform implementation of category management strategies and sourcing approaches
  • Support the development of RFx or eSourcing documentation/events based on category specifications/ requirements
  • Research and conduct supply market analysis
  • Assist with supplier identification and outreach
  • Develop pricing models to enable easy supplier responses and award scenario analysis/recommendations
  • Prepare reports to support benefits estimation and documentation
  • Assist in tracking and monitoring supplier markets of sub-categories during the duration of contracts (including benchmarking against industry / market standards)
  • Support negotiation strategy with fact-based analysis
  • Collaborate with our COE to ensure a seamless experience for our customers
  • Work with other category tower leads to share best practices
  • Deliver category or project-specific presentations to internal and external stakeholders

Preferred Education and Experience:
  • BA/BS or equivalent preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in related field preferred
  • Experience in category management or strategic sourcing and pricing and contract T&Cs negotiations; negotiation aptitude
  • Demonstrated experience across Professional Services disciplines
  • Strong presentation skills, and an ability to tell a story perhaps with limited data
  • Strong ability to handle large and small project-related work simultaneously
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong data analytics skills; deep use of Excel
  • Strong organizational, verbal communication and writing skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills and work ethic
  • Strong experience navigating change, and driving operational efficiency
  • Experience building strategic plans for his/her categories
  • Professional qualification / certification from related professional body, (ISM - CPM / CPSM, APICS) would be an added advantage

Work Environment:
  • 0 - 25% Travel Required

  • Achieve year-on-year improvement in total cost and value, quality and service goals
  • Align procurement strategy with business strategy
  • Maximize spend scale and buying power
  • Maintain agility and scalability to support evolving business requirements
  • Provide category thought leadership to our customers

Working Relationships:
  • This role will work externally with suppliers (current and potential), procurement associations, etc. Weekly/ monthly contact with key strategic suppliers to perform negotiations, SRM activities or quarterly business reviews, ensuring value and service quality delivery.
  • Internally this role partners with the business VP's, Directors and Sr. Managers at corporate, as well as HR, Travel, Finance, and Legal.
  • Daily/ weekly contact with internal customers/stakeholders in order to ensure planning, advice and delivery management
  • Daily/ weekly contact with internal stakeholders to establish relationships with management/ operations leadership teams from the assigned division or corporate function.

A little about us:
Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them the right products to keep their facilities up and running.

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