Category Manager I - Strategic Sourcing - Media


Who we are: Gap, Inc. – World’s favorite for American Style
What we are: Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix
Where we are: Fall in love with San Francisco, our city by the bay. With offices on the waterfront, you’re a close walk to all the city has to offer, great views of the Bay Bridge, and access to our Gapeteria. Whether you enjoy taking the trolley to work or are an avid cyclist, you’ll enjoy your (sometimes) sunny commute.

Meet the Team
Strategic Sourcing encompasses several categories including Marketing, IT, Corporate Services, Store Experience, and Trim. A strong team of 60+ people globally, focused on tackling $2.5 billion in annual indirect spend.

Characteristics of our team:
 Inquisitive
 Team Players
 Highly motivated
 Driven
 Tenacious
 Agile


Do you like to:
 Think strategically
 Analyze things
 Drive change
 Work with new people across all areas of the business
 Solve (the world’s) problems
 Take action, get stuff done
 Lead courageously

As a Strategic Sourcing – Category Manager I – Integrated/Traditional Media, Consumer Insights and PR, you will dynamically lead the effective execution of category planning and implementation. You will work directly with agencies on contracts, SOWs and develop KPIs. You will identify opportunities to drive value across your category. You will be responsible for developing key supplier and internal business partner relationships. You may lead projects at any point during their lifecycle from developing strategy, crafting a plan to implement, and executing.

A day in the life of a Manager…

 Leads planning, implementation, and execution of sourcing strategy
 Leads the development of business cases and cost/benefit analysis to be presented to stakeholders
 Proactively identifies and recommends category sourcing options and partners with leaders to implement them
 Leads the continuous improvement process for programs within purview and offers ideas and assistance on programs across the department
 Manages competitive RFXs, as necessary, and manages negotiation strategy development, overseeing or conducting the competitive negotiation process as needed
 Coaches, trains and develops junior staff on both technical and soft skills
 Builds relationships and effectively partners across varied functions with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, agencies and colleagues to influence change
 Drives completion of simultaneous projects by proactively considering new alternatives and driving critical thinking to optimize results
 Contributes significantly to the achievement of defined category performance targets
 Supports the creation and implementation of programs to assess and promote supplier performance and development (e.g., establishing quarterly and annual goals, conducting quarterly business reviews, formal scorecard measures)
 Assists sourcing team with supplier selection, price negotiation, and bid evaluation processes
 Collaborates with senior functional leaders to establish both short and long-term business objectives
 Leads, coordinates, and facilitates global, cross-functional teams to achieve category strategy objectives
 Manages rigorous analysis in order to scope and prioritize new sourcing opportunities within project areas
 Leads the continuous improvement process for programs within purview and offers ideas and assistance on programs across the department
 Supports the development of plans for implementation and change management for projects

You’ve got this if you have…

 3-5 years of experience in strategic sourcing, marketing agency, or management consulting
 Bachelor's degree in marketing, business administration, supply chain management, or related discipline; MBA or advanced degree preferred
 Strategic Sourcing knowledge and the ability to regularly leverage industry experts, associations, peers and stakeholders to identify and benchmark best practices
 Project management experience
 Deep Traditional media knowledge (Digital Media, Social Media, Consumer Insights and Public Relations experience a plus!), Digital Services, and Marketing Technology
 Experience planning and leading negotiations a plus
 Exceptional verbal, presentation, and written skills
 Excel and data analysis skills
 Ability to interact with senior leaders and demonstrate a professional presence
 Demonstrated ability to effectively handle issues and challenging situations
 Highly motivated; demonstrates a "can-do" approach in being proactive with work assignments
 Experience in a dynamic organization with experience and exposure to sourcing strategies
 Ability to travel as required to facilitate collaborative opportunities

In this job, you’ll learn…

 World class category strategy development and negotiation skills
 What you need to be a rock star people manager
 Deep subject matter expertise in functions within a world class global retailer
 About something new… so come play!


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