Category Manager

Location: Temecula Salary: competitive market salary
Sector: Quality & Supply Chain Type: Permanent

Primary Job Function:

Responsible for leading and executing the purchasing supply management activities for all categories and sub categories. Works closely with key stakeholders in both Corporate and Division organizations to develop effective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans. Nurtures stakeholder relationships by serving as a business partner; helping to identify critical business requirements and providing sourcing and procurement services that meet expectations. Drives reduced total cost of ownership by optimizing Tier 2 and Tier 3 supply chains. Leverages extensive market and supplier knowledge to drive lower TCO. Represents the company strategically in the industry and community. Is recognized as a thought leader within strategic discipline. Significantly influences functional strategy. Leads initiatives. Proactively identifies areas of opportunity for new business opportunities; process improvement; and cost efficiency. Provides insight to the business unit on how to best develop and leverage Supplier capabilities for the organization(s). Considered an SME across categories. Strong understanding of "One Procurement" category strategies. Works on projects that impact the "One Procurement" team.

Core Job Responsibilities:

Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system. Develops plans and delivers results in fast changing businesses environments. Develops and implements procurement plans and strategies to support business needs. Leads projects/initiatives that have significant impact upon global business. Anticipates internal/external business challenges and drives change. Leads project teams to achieve milestones and objectives. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify solutions. Manage PO approvals - up to $2; 000; 000. Educates on existing solutions and enables performance and technical tools development. Develops supplier KPI's and management. Drives value and savings for categories. Collaborates with matrix functional organizations. Leverages professional expertise and relationships to contribute to strategy and drive business results. Leads the development of functional strategy.

Leads change and innovation. Stimulates creativity and innovation in others. Open to new ideas. Supports change and takes risks. Promotes a Global Perspective. Defines category procurement strategy for the company. Aligns with overall strategy. Drives Total Cost of Ownership reductions for category. Clearly defines category taxonomy and manages baseline. Coordinates across corporate functions/ divisions to share best practices and adherence to guidelines. Understands the overall needs of multiple business units. Negotiates an accepted portfolio meeting the most strategic needs of the category. Measures and tracks internal performance for the company users. Advises business unit(s) about similar strategies employed by other healthcare companies. Manages initiatives that span virtual teams across the world and across cultures. Partner with business leaders (Manager; Director) to manage and align the category. Closely collaborate with adjacent business departments; and external partners to ensure adequate and timely delivery of agreed services in line with agreed service levels. Partner and collaborate with key One Procurement staff of other the company divisions in order to support cross divisional business initiatives and explore Procurement synergies and efficiency. Build and maintain strategic relationships with key category vendors as well as counterparts at other Healthcare/Consumer companies. Manage ongoing Supplier relationships. Develops and implements agreed purchasing strategies for category. Initiates a collaborative environment among stakeholders. Maintains strong relationships across various functions; demonstrates the value-add of leveraging and builds enthusiasm and support for adoption. Ensure optimal balance between value for money and cost savings is achieved while ensuring quality and good customer service. Continually look for opportunities for cost reductions and cost avoidance and to provide overall value. Manages category projects across business unit and division wide when and where applicable. Participates in business projects based on category expertise. Leads project teams responsible for selection of category strategy. Responsible for people leadership. Recruits; mentors; trains and develops talent. Identifies and deals with people issues in a constructive and timely manner. Responsible for overall morale of team and promotes cohesive attitude. Executes against established staffing/resources plan. Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional policies and procedures.

Minimum Education:

** Bachelors Degree (Supply Chain/Logistics/Eng preferred) or equivalent experience required: MBA preferred.

** Successful; 3+ year track record within procurement and supply chain management.

** Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM); Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or similar certification desirable. Project Management Professional (PMP) or similar certification desirable.


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