Category manager

Job Description
Responsible for executing category strategy and managing the contractual commitments for a category


  • Provide category support as assigned by the Client Sourcing Consultant and Category Strategy Leader
  • Owns primary responsibility to achieve client success against all contractual commitments at a category level
  • Responsible to understand category deliverables, savings commitments, milestones and obligations, and establish a project plan to meet each
  • Provide leadership in applying any appropriate council developed sourcing strategies/playbooks to client specific sourcing initiatives
  • Develop client category charter, baseline and market intelligence documents, sourcing strategy and category management approach per the 7 step sourcing process
  • Develop integrated (tactical and strategic) category sourcing strategy which delivers short term savings and drives category transformation through time
  • Provide category leadership and direction to Category Buyers
  • Responsible for on- going category management activities including driving supplier performance, demand management savings, and increasing category compliance
  • Communicate and negotiate with clients and suppliers through all levels of organization, primary interface to key category client stakeholders
  • Ensure category work products and deliverables are Green Book compliant and audit ready according to the CSM/CSC's direction
  • Drive category hands-free and catalog strategy

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • English: Fluent
  • Deep, specific category sourcing knowledge
  • Client facing skills
  • Project Management
  • Negotiation expertise
  • Supplier relationship management expertise
  • Project tools competency

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • Fluent: Dutch

EO Statement
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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