The Category Director for information technology will lead a team to source, implement and manage national supply agreements up to $200 Million in value.
Functional Leadership: Collaborates with Sourcing Executive management to establish short term and long-term business objectives for the IT procurement functions. Staffs, leads, develops, trains and coaches a high performing motivated team of IT procurement professionals.
Collaboration and Partnership: Leads the engagement with IT and must drive priorities and objectives that align with the CIO and his leadership team while managing within our Purchasing Policies and Procedures. It is expected that the sourcing Director co-locate with the IT team to foster engagement at all levels. The Director should provide as much value and be a resource to the CIO as his own executive leadership team.
Category Management and Planning: Lead the development and execution of multiple IT category sourcing strategies designed to provide improvements in cost, quality and service performance. Partner with the business in evaluating opportunities and challenging the status quo. Prioritize a portfolio of high-value strategic sourcing opportunities, ensuring proper sequencing, resourcing and business support. Understand global and regional supply markets, including major suppliers and capabilities, capacity and projected price movements. Individual will be versed in ongoing technology advancements and be equipped to discuss alternates in line with new technological developments. Educate end users about new contracts, track and ensure compliance with approved contracts and manage the teams work and strategy around expiring contracts.
Strategic Sourcing and Contract Management: Drive sourcing projects defined within the category strategy. Consistently apply contemporary methods and processes to deliver total cost value creation and supply assurance. Develop comprehensive implementation plans with stakeholders and end users; ensure involvement of all organizations and individuals impacted. Develop the teams professional contracting approaches consistent with category strategy and business objectives through incentives, long term agreements, and partnerships of driving major commercial decisions. Ensures all sourcing efforts leverage market intelligence.
Purchasing Operations and Demand Management: Director will work in collaboration with Functional IT leaders to understand specific needs, understand volume forecasts to ensure highest quality of sourcing support and coverage. Drive the utilization of leading e-procurement tools such as catalog creation as appropriate to enhance ease of interaction with sourcing.
Reporting and Intelligence: Provide regular intelligence to stakeholders regarding the company's evolving spend profile and savings results.
DIRECTLY SUPERVISES:Contractors serving in the Category Managers role and sourcing associates.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:Technical Experience:
Data storage systems Local Area Network equipment Telecommunications services and equipment PBX switches Firewalls PCI compliance infrastructure eDiscovery systems Identity management systems Laptops, Desktops and Servers Data Warehouses Application support services Desk top help desk services Microsoft Licenses Data Centers Video Surveillance systems Marketing Resource Management systems Facility Maintenance Management systems Application software IT Consulting services Point of Sale systems (enterprise class) Call centers Software and/or application development Financial/accounting systems Hospitality systems Purchasing and/or PS2 systemsIBM i-series and/or p-Series environmentExperience in using e-sourcing tools to execute and manage sourcing projectsExperience in Ariba P 2 P and contract module.Experience in leveraging Gartner, Infotech and other industry tools to bring current and relevant IT strategy.Educational RequirementsBachelor's degree is required. Degree concentration in engineering, business, finance, or information systems management is preferred. MBA is a plus. QUALIFICATIONS: