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Technology Category Manager

Company: Russell Tobin
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Job Description:

Our client, a leading wealth & asset management Fortune 500 headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, is seeking an articulate Category Manager to facilitate technology procurementPosition SummaryOversees and provides Procurement support for the (Technology) business unit and Key Stakeholders on all aspects of the Sourcing Process from Category Strategy to Contract Management. Provides Company with procurement expertise on major decisions regarding the purchase of technology goods and services and contract management support. JOB RESPONSIBILITIESManages assigned categories to ensure optimization of Securian spend while meeting or exceeding client needs. Serves as key contact in assigned categories to provide leadership in developing sourcing strategies to for each of the items or services within a spend category through vendor negotiations, process improvements, and compliance.Builds relationships with key internal client partners, serving as a trusted advisor to meet the needs of each client. Actively develops business unit knowledge to be able to anticipate needs and be a part of the procurement process from the earliest stages.Regularly communicate with key internal client partners to keep them abreast of procurement strategies, identify areas of opportunity and provide clients with a feedback loop on procurement servicesResearches and develops knowledge of industry best practices and procedures for their assigned categories.Creates and maintains a vendor (supplier) matrix to effectively identify best options to fulfill business needs.Assists business units in preparation of category budgets by providing consultation on appropriate spend; recommends changes, as needed.Successfully implements new and/or changing sourcing strategies that enhance risk mitigation, revenue growth and expense controlManages the entire procurement process for each project, keeping internal clients informed throughout the project, and partnering with them on key decisions.Maintains pulse of the business, anticipating needs and proactively providing solutions.Develops and maintains spend analytics to provide actionable insights and aid in effective decision-making. Prepares other ad hoc reports, as needed or requested by management.Manages the strategic sourcing of assigned categories and suppliers. Develops, maintains and implements sourcing and procurement strategies for assigned categories/suppliers, both tactical and long-term.Develops, administers and negotiates specifications, quote requests, price and contractual agreements with vendor/supplier partners in alignment with business unit strategies.Specifies contract provisions which safeguard the privacy of non-public personal information of customers, the security of Campus buildings, and the risk management initiatives of the Company, all while meeting or exceeding the needs and requirements of the internal client.Negotiates price, payment terms, terms of purchase, vendor services, warranty, end user training (if applicable), long-term costs of operation and value of finished product/service.Develops knowledge of industry suppliers, seeking opportunities for new relationships to meet business needs.Evaluate and rate suppliers, ensuring integrity of the request for proposal processIdentifies and implements cost saving initiatives to achieve goals.Adheres to all legal and regulatory compliance requirements, engaging the Law and Compliance departments when necessary.Participates in special project assignments addressing procurement policies, procedures, process improvement and development.Establishes and oversees ongoing supplier governance and serves as key relationship contact for assigned vendors. Develops and manages mutually beneficial supplier relationships, measuring performance against key performance indicators (KPIs)/scorecard and communicating scorecard with vendor on a regular basis.Conducts quarterly business reviews with all assigned suppliers.Ensuring the accuracy and completeness of information contained within the contracts database and electronic and hard copy repositories of Company's supplier based contractsPrevention of fraud, duplicate payment and errors in the billing, expense reimbursement and contract compliance functions within Corporate ProcurementPerforms related activities as directed, and manages personal self-development to prepare for new responsibilities and challenges in a changing environment.Continues personal development through advanced negotiation, vendor or category management training.Participate in professional organizations and read industry publications to keep current with the procurement industry.JOB SPECIFICATIONSMust be fully vaccinated prior to start dateStrong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills to effectively develop category strategies and manage the strategic sourcing process.Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as negotiation skills to effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and obtain the best possible pricing and services from suppliers.Solid financial acumen and an understanding of the impact of procurement strategies on business units and the enterprise.Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlinesProactive and takes initiative to actively manage projects and lead the Sourcing Process from Category Strategy to Contract ManagementResults focused and brings projects and tasks to closure.Collaborative work style with a demonstrated ability to build relationships, gain credibility, and partner with internal and external clients.Excellent organizational and project management skills to lead enterprise wide Procurement initiatives and projectsSolid understanding of business and client needs and how effective category management can contribute to meeting them.Bachelor's degree in business or related field or equivalent knowledge and experience.#LI-RB1FacebookTwitterLinkedInRelated JobsEnvironmental Health & Safety (EHS) Associate ContractSan Francisco, CARussell Tobin and Associates is a premier provider of IT Consulting, Engineering Consulting, Talent, and Workforce Management Solutions to clients...Apply For This JobProgram Manager ContractBuena Vista, FLRussell Tobin is seeking a Program Manager for our client, a well-known entertainment company. 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