Category Specialist

To recommend decisions on supplier selection based on robust, fact-based analyses products or services, long-term partnerships, and Vanguard demand activity with the strategic sourcing activities of IT or Investment related category.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports Category Manager in developing and executing category strategy to drive maximum value in. Specializes by developing deep expertise in a spend category.
  • Performs market data analysis and clean-sheet analysis for negotiations and supplier selection, analyzes reports to suggest improvements to category strategies, and coaches Category Analysts on supply and market analyses.
  • Understands needs and objectives of Divisions and functional constituents, and recommends potential linkages between Vanguard’s business needs and the relevant industry’s trends.
  • Collaborates with Sourcing Operations to ensure RFx process is appropriately tailored to an engagement or strategy.
  • Champions sourcing process compliance.
  • Collaborates with legal and risk partners as needed.
  • Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Minimum five or more years of business experience, previous experience within category preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong time management and project management skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple activities in parallel.
  • Strong ownership mindset.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to learn content quickly and apply a strategic lens to category spend.
  • Deep industry knowledge and experience in IT, Banking and Investment-Related Services

Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position.

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