Sourcing and Procurement Category Manager II

MSN Communications   •  

Madison, WI

Industry: Media


5 - 7 years

Posted 32 days ago

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We are currently seeking a Sourcing and Procurement Category Manager II, in this position you will be responsible for sourcing strategies for assigned categories to drive cost savings and ensure the Company is making informed, best value purchasing decisions.

The position is responsible for performing analysis, leading the supplier request process for information, proposals, quotes and bids (RFXð Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quote (RFQ), and Request for Bid (RFB)). Additionally negotiates purchasing agreements, communicates opportunities, builds and maintains stakeholder relationships for achieving or exceeding cost saving goals.


  • Lead cross-functional sourcing teams; prepare and develop requests (RF – X) and scoring models; perform vendor analysis; develop service level agreements (SLA); and manage associated sourcing projects.
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of products & services within category area(s) of focus, supplier's processes and industry trends and practices.
  • Actively identify sourcing and cost savings through category, spend, financial and industry data to identify sourcing, as well as cost- savings and reduction opportunities through analysis and risk assessment and collaboration with clients and stakeholders to meet or exceed cost saving targets.
  • Negotiation of mutually beneficial, high value purchasing agreements with key suppliers.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal clients and key stakeholders, such as Operations, Legal, Accounting and Finance by identifying and addressing purchasing/contracting needs. Present sourcing opportunities to build internal support among clients and stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain supplier relationships. Manager supplier performance and perform supplier evaluations. Develop plans for service improvement and implement corrective actions where necessary.
  • Create value-added business process efficiencies, reduce costs, and mitigate risk throughout the supply chain sourcing lifecycle.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree (or higher) -OR- 4+ years professional work experience.
  • 5+ years’ sourcing or procurement experience.

Other Qualifications

  • CPSM, PMP or Six Sigma certification a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of supply chain, category management, strategic sourcing, negotiations and contracting concepts.
  • Successful experience or demonstrated ability to lead teams, manage projects and achieve project goals; identify opportunities through data and financial analysis, risk assessment and process review; and negotiate purchasing agreements a plus.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, ERP (particularly SAP), Contract Management and E-Sourcing Systems.
  • Working knowledge of e-procurement initiatives and technologies is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the telecommunications or wireless industry is beneficial.
  • Proficiency with Windows and MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Project).
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

ID 2019-13949