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Category Manager, Indirect Procurement - Remoteat CDW Careers

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Focus Area: 
Product & Brand Management
Date Posted 
May 10, 2022
Lincolnshire, Illinois
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The Indirect Procurement – Category Manager is responsible for planning and execution of sourcing activities by strategically leading indirect spend categories. This role may have direct reports supporting management of various categories. Primary responsibilities include stakeholder and supplier relationship engagement, category plan development, market analysis, development and execution of category strategy, negotiations and contracting. Partners with and supports the needs of functional business owners and creation of policies and processes to drive compliance, while maintaining our culture and supporting our growth. 


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Management of performance objectives through: 
    • Development of the annual procurement plan, savings and performance targets. 
    • Communications and performance reporting. 
    • Executive management presentations. 
  • Execute leadership strategy sessions with key stakeholders considering company direction and total cost of ownership. 
  • Contribute to the development and execution of stakeholder goals and objectives. 
  • Provide leadership of cross functional teams with internal stakeholders and suppliers to manage the requirements gathering, analysis, and onboarding of new suppliers, goods, and services. 
  • Development of category plans and strategies: 
    • Actively seeks ways to streamline business processes. 
    • Provides strategic plan based on spend, requirements, contract compliance, supplier performance, industry trends, market dynamics, trends that can maximize procurement leverage and stakeholder inputs. 
    • Identification and execution of savings opportunities and continuous improvement. 
    • Determine best method of procurement by situation such as RFx, direct purchase, etc. 
    • Responsible for planning cost effectiveness and optimization. 
    • Responsible for creating category specific processes and policies to enable efficiencies for stakeholders, working with cross functional teams. 
    • Lead and support business case development including costs benefit analysis, risks and mitigation plan. 
  • Responsible for leading RFx (RFI/RFQ/RFP) events, utilizing best practice methodology to provide an auditable, transparent sourcing process. 
  • Review, edit and execute vendor agreements in conjunction with CDW legal and stakeholders. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Education and/or Experience Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, mathematics, economics, or Procurement and/or supply chain logistics or equivalent experience. 
  • 7 years of indirect sourcing and procurement related work experience. 

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent experience in strategic category management.
  • Proven understanding of contracting methodologies and legal terminology.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent analytical skills, critical thinking, project management, problem resolution, stakeholder engagement, business process improvement, negotiation and technical skills.
  • Financial acumen skills, inclduing the ability to interpret budget information, provide meaningful reporting to finance and/or accounting, and develop TCA, TCO, P&L impact, and other such analysis.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong customer focus.
  • Proven collaborative work style.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and value-based decision-making ability.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to use and understand eProcurement systems and enabling tools.
  • Excellent knowledge of industry, market and supplier analysis.
  • Thorough understanding of Procurement processes and Strategic Sourcing methodology.
  • Proven understanding of TCA, TCO, fiscal, contract, and calendar year calculations, and depreciation and amortization cost modeling.

COVID-19 Update:
CDW is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of known hazards and to ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of coworkers and candidates for employment and their families, as well as the community.

CDW requires all coworkers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the only exceptions being a documented, legally required medical or religious accommodation.  Prior to starting with CDW, successful candidates will be required to: (i) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide CDW with proof of full vaccination; or (ii) apply for and receive a medical or religious-based accommodation to be exempt from the mandatory vaccination policy.

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