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Category Manager - IT Procurement in Chicago, IL at Signature Consultants

Date Posted: 3/5/2019

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Category Manager - IT Procurement Summary:

Signature Consultants is searching for a Category Manager (Information Technology / IT Procurement) for a Fortune 500 client in the northern suburbs of Chicago. This position is direct hire with the client. The Category Manager will execute and implement effective procurement strategies, from initial identification of procurement needs through delivery, for indirect goods and services. He or she will develop short-term and long-term strategies that align with the Company goals for reducing costs and meeting financial expectation, while managing vendor relationships and new product innovation.


  • Negotiate, coordinate, and assure that assigned indirect spend categories and services are purchased at the lowest possible cost.
  • Assess near-term and long term plans to establish that supplier priorities are balanced with business needs
  • Consult with Sr. Management, and other subject matter experts to develop alternative solutions;
  • Advise on options, risks, total cost of ownership, and business impacts
  • Provide oversight of work quality and constructive feedback to direct and indirect reports, where applicable
  • Direct and execute strategic sourcing strategies, best practices, and initiatives that support aggressive improvements in supplier quality, total cost effectiveness, enhanced service levels, improved coordination, delivery, pricing, lead-times, payment, risk compliance and other areas as identified
  • Execute category sourcing strategies including development and execution of RFI’s and RFP’s, document bid events through correspondence to suppliers; develop selection criteria and drives the selection of suppliers in collaboration with a cross-functional teams; conducts supplier negotiations and ongoing supplier management
  • Actively seek ways to streamline business processes; research and provide information on industry category trends and best practices
  • Provide procurement input to maximize procurement leverage, optimize project design and minimize project durations and cost
  • Develop negotiation strategies, gain alignment from stakeholders, lead cross-functional, category-based negotiation teams, and implement appropriate supplier risk analysis
  • Directly negotiate with suppliers that require a detailed strategic plan and have a direct correlation with operational needs and goals
  • Use current spend information/data and business knowledge to identify sourcing projects for individual subcategories, and developing an overall cost reduction plan
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of business requirements and category ownership by creating and defending category strategies and decisions with sound analytics
  • Delegate analytic tasks to key support functions; and synthesize results
  • Develop supplier score card to measure supplier performance against agreed upon key performance indicators; track compliance and support formal management reporting to director and other members of senior management
  • Benchmark, track, and analyze annual performance metrics and sourcing trends against budget on a monthly basis to demonstrate continuous improvement and progress against strategic objectives
  • Implement supplier management programs with key suppliers including metrics, performance goals, and improvement initiatives
  • Monitor supplier performance to ensure that delivery dates and technical and contractual requirements are met
  • Participate in strategic meetings with suppliers and business leaders to ensure execution of defined strategies
  • Manage day-to-day on-going category supplier relations and seeks out growth or revision opportunities within supply base
  • Act as the internal point of contact for supplier management and complaint resolution; conduct regular supplier meetings and implement improvement strategies with suppliers
  • Create, nurture, and enhance supplier relationships
  • Aggressively manage category performance by adhering to internal Savings goals and reviewing financial models for commodity type items
  • Ensure spend portfolio for reoccurring managed spend is balanced through coordinated sourcing waves and leveraged with Capital project sourcing activities
  • Drive consolidation of spend and seek out synergies across Business Units where applicable, by forming and leading cross-functional strategic sourcing teams to develop and implement category/commodity strategies and to drive cost from individual spend sub-categories
  • Champion weekly category review meetings with cross-functional teams to manage category performance
  • Cultivate team morale, motivation, and loyalty through continuous training and mentorship, setting obtainable performance goals, proving clear communication and constructive feedback

About Signature Consultants, LLC

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Signature Consultants was established in 1997 with a singular focus: to provide clients and consultants with superior staffing solutions. For the eighth consecutive year, Signature was voted as one of the “Best Staffing Firms to Work For” and is now the 14th largest IT staffing firm in the United States (source: Staffing Industry Analysts). With 26 locations throughout North America, Signature annually deploys thousands of consultants to support, run, and manage their clients’ technology needs. Signature offers IT staffing, consulting, managed solutions, and direct placement services. For more information on the company, please visit