IT Category Manager, Infrastructure and Operations

5 - 7 years experience  •  Automotive.

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/10/17
5 - 7 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/10/17


Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary

The IT Category Manager's responsibility is to build, maintain and enhance relationships with strategic (high-value and high-dependency) IT vendors and internal stakeholders (such as IT leadership and end users). The IT Category Manager manages multiple IT categories and ensures IT and business requirements align to specifications and priorities. Responsible for IT strategic sourcing, including complex vendor negotiations. Works closely with IT management and the office of the CIO, enterprise and solution architects, data center and application managers, program and project managers, and strategy and planning organizations. A primary contributor to IT sourcing and procurement decisions.


  • Develops, formalizes and directs relationships with multiple strategic IT vendors

  • Identifies, facilitates and maintains appropriate relationships with IT stakeholders, executive leadership and vendors to drive proper alignment on business and operational goals in contracts

  • Annually, responsible for >$30M spend through the IT budget, strategic and KTLO projects

  • Understands the key components of complex supplier contracts (liabilities, indemnities, disentanglement, termination,establishment of KPI's/SLA's), and is able to negotiate toward the best commercial outcome

  • Ensures that contractual requirements are well-communicated and well-understood, and clearly defines expectations from the business

  • Measures performance of the overall relationship between internal customers and strategic vendors

  • Manages escalation and arbitration of relationship and operational issues if other avenues fail

  • Identifies opportunities for efficiency gains, creative strategies, and hard cost savings with suppliers; presenting results to the IT and the business, including senior management. Executes on results

  • Identifies, researches and evaluates vendors that meet Bridgestone standards of price, quality, timing, service and reliability of supply. Ensure supplier qualification efforts include diversity initiatives where possible

  • Develops category strategies and vendor negotiation plans with IT and the business

  • Execute RFI, RFQ, and RFP processes, facilitating the team mate engagement, conducting pricing analysis and evaluation of quotations and proposals, negotiating contract terms and pricing

Category Specific Knowledge

  • Supplier specific experience (preferred): HP, Cisco, Dassault Systèmes, NetApp, EMC, Pure, Salesforce, ATOS (service desk), Microsoft, Azure, AWS, Insight (VAR/LAR) and/or direct competitors, others

  • Hardware experience (preferred): Wintel/Unix/Linux Servers, storage, mainframe, blades, SDD, point of sale and end user equipment, other

  • Software experience (preferred): Microsoft server and end user applications, collaboration, cloud management, digital marketing, HRIS, ERP, POS, Financial, P2P, BI/BW, Web/EDI Support, others

  • Cloudexperience (preferred): SaaS, IaaS (cloud compute and storage), PaaS

  • Servicesexperience (preferred): OEM Maintenance, 3 rd party maintenance, database administration, and managed services

  • Software and hardware maintenance contracts and renewal management

  • Advanced hardware and software negotiation knowledge:

  • Manufacturer pricing programs, global and special bid pricing, and regional markets (North and South America) with supply base insight

  • Manufacturer, VAR/LAR cost driver and sales incentive structures

Foundational Job Know-How

  • Advanced Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) principles

  • Strategy development and implementation of category plans, supplier segmentation, spend analysis, forecasting and cost saving models

  • Advanced sourcing fundamentals including

  • RFI/RFQ/RFP, bid analysis, supplier selection and award

  • Complex IT Negotiation strategies

  • Contract development, management and administration

  • Contract administration and compliance monitoring

  • Understanding of project management principles

  • Proficient in "Problem Solving Decision Making"


  • Ability to understand complex IT issues and initiatives, and sustain communication on these topics with business and technology-savvy individuals.

  • Ability to manage multiple vendors and sourcing projects concurrently and adapt priorities quickly

  • Ability to create and manage incentives that drive vendor behaviors

  • Effective and advanced communication skills up to executive levels of management;

  • Ability to clearly communicate scope, expectations, plans, and hold teammates accountable for sourcing project commitments

  • Effectively presents solutions in ambiguous or difficult situations while maintaining positive relationships.

  • Advanced planning, complex problem solving and analytical capability; able to identify key issues and effectively coordinate efforts to achieve resolution

  • Leadership and teamwork; Ability to work across organizational boundaries, with the goal of understanding political drivers and influencers

Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degreerequired

  • 5 years managing complex IT contracts and relationships, technology sourcing, technology procurement or technology vendor management

  • Preferred CPSM, C.P.M., CTPE, CTPS or similar certification

  • Preferred manufacturing, retail or automotive services industry knowledge

Requisition ID 2017-120492.

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