IT Category Manager

Posted 2 months ago

Job ID - 163

IT Procurement organization manages IT suppliers and develops and executes procurement category strategies that support the needs of the business units and IT.  The Category Manager is responsible for managing a IT category or range of related IT commodities. Providing the internal customer with procurement and contract solutions regarding the product and category. Creating and developing a long term plan and strategy for development of the category to leverage the volume and drive value.  The IT Category Manager also builds relationships with stakeholders to support early engagement opportunities with suppliers to optimize investment.    

Our customer is seeking a seasoned IT category manager with industry knowledge of software and hardware suppliers and extensive contract management experience.  Under the direction of IT Procurement management, this individual will develop and implement sourcing strategies to drive business value and cost savings.  This individual will analyze the supplier environment, conduct business reviews with internal stakeholders, drive supplier negotiations, and assure risk mitigation.   

Qualified individuals will have demonstrated experience in the IT procurement domain with a focus on category sourcing, contract document reviews, financial analysis, and contracting redlines and evaluation of terms and conditions.  Candidates’ supply chain experience should include working directly with suppliers to drive value through strategy development, negotiations and contract documentation.    


  • Manage procurement work queue; requesting quote and placing purchase orders
  • Strong relationships skill supporting internal customers timeline and deliverables
  • and evaluate supplier performance over contractual term(s)
  • Provide execution support of selected contract rationalization opportunities with key suppliers
  • Identify strategic supplier contract improvement opportunities.  Provide, communicate, and implement effective sourcing approaches that meet organizational goals
  • Manage negotiation of contract terms (with Legal assistance) including pricing and volume discounts
  • Research current state contracts, inventories, costs, and future state requirements in support of sourcing and negotiation strategies that drive value capture
  • Analyze data to support effective contract approaches with fact based options
  • Coordinate with internal IT Asset Management personnel for capture of data and for communication of contracting results





  • Minimum of ten years of IT procurement experience required, preferably in the technology and engineering industry
  • 4 - year business degree required, supply chain management degree or legal degree preferred
  • Experience managing IT procurements through Requests for Quotes and Purchase order execution
  • Experience placing IT procurement supporting statement of work and highly complex software procurements
  • Experience interfacing and working with suppliers; including major negotiations
  • Experience with ERP Procurement Systems such as Oracle R12 or SAP preferred
  • Experience working for a large company with $1B+ sales required
  • Great communication and analytical skills required
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving and process improvement skills
  • Adapts quickly, independent and ability to make immediate impact

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