Come join our Enterprise Procurement Transformation and make an immediate impact! We are modernizing our systems, policies, and practices to support our growing enterprise and need a Category Manager with strong Procurement principles to drive change. With direct impact to our Corporate Social Responsibility goals through driving sustainability and supplier diversity initiatives, this Category Manager is responsible for leading complex sourcing events in Insurance Operations, Travel and Legal categories, developing and executing on category strategies, and delivering enterprise value & risk mitigation through procurement and outsourcing policies.
Decisions and problem solving are guided by experience, expertise, policies, procedures, and function/team plans; receives limited guidance from manager
Adapts plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges of a team
Has accountability for the performance and results within own area of specialty
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Serves as key contact in assigned categories to provide leadership in developing sourcing strategies to for each of the items or services within a spend category through vendor negotiations, process improvements, and compliance.
Builds relationships with key internal client partners, serving as a trusted advisor to meet the needs of each client. Actively develops business unit knowledge to be able to anticipate needs and be a part of the procurement process from the earliest stages.
Assists business units in preparation of category budgets by providing consultation on appropriate spend; recommends changes, as needed.
Develops, maintains, and implements sourcing and procurement strategies for assigned categories, both tactical and long-term.
Develops, administers, and negotiates specifications, quote requests, price and contractual agreements with vendor/supplier partners in alignment with business unit strategies.
Negotiates price, payment terms, terms of purchase, vendor services, warranty, end user training (if applicable), long-term costs of operation and value of finished product/service.
Develops and manages mutually beneficial supplier relationships, measuring performance against key performance indicators (KPIs)/scorecard and communicating scorecard with vendor on a regular basis.
Prevention of fraud, duplicate payment and errors in the billing, expense reimbursement and contract compliance functions within Corporate Procurement
4+ years’ experience in managing large strategic vendors and (3+ years) in complex contract negotiation and developing/implementing successful sourcing and category management strategies.
Demonstrated indirect leadership with understanding of advancing skillsets within an indirect reporting structure.
Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal customers and stakeholders.
Robust risk identification and risk management/remediation skills.
Strong influence and communication skills, with ability to communicate at an executive level.
Thorough understanding of the technology industry and related market trends.
Proven experience in understanding and managing legal, compliance and other requirements within contracts negotiations and vendor management.
Analytical skills to manage contract requirements and develop/manage reporting metrics, including experience with full Microsoft 365 suite of tools.
Strong working knowledge of finance and accounting, including budgeting, cost management and operational risk management.
**This position is a hybrid working model**
Physical job requirements:
Ability to work at least 40 hours per week
Ability to utilize keyboard, mouse and computer for up to 1-4 hours per day
Ability to utilize telephone for approximately 1-4 hours per day
Ability to perform simple grasping including handwriting, paper manipulation, sorting, folding, etc. periodically throughout entire workday
The physical job requirements described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Securian Financial has been around for 140 years. We’re committed to giving back to our community, donating 15,000 employee volunteer hours this past year. We also provide extensive resources to our employees for professional development and growth and a number of diverse professional and social opportunities throughout the company. There’s a reason our employees have voted us as a best place to work year after year! In addition:
Generous paid time off. We want you to take time off for whatever matters most to you!
Tuition reimbursement program. We value continuous learning at Securian!
Company-funded pension plan as well as 401K retirement plan – great resources to secure your financial future.
Continuous opportunities for new challenges.
Variety of health plan options as well as dental and vision plans.
Paid maternity/paternity leaves.
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