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Category Specialist - Contractor Services

Company: Archer Daniels Midland Company
Location: Decatur
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

Category Specialist - Procurement- Decatur, IL Global Procurement Category Specialist- Contractor Services

This is an exempt level position.

Position Summary:

The Category Manager- Contractor Services partners with all Operational functions and business partners to develop and execute long term Procurement strategies aligned with business goals. The Category Manager primary function is to implement sound, innovative supply strategies through market intelligence and risk analysis, sourcing, supplier selection, contract negotiation, and supplier relationship management, using ADM's 7-step sourcing process. The Category Manager will also develop processes to ensure stakeholder engagement and data-driven decision making. He/she will prepare requests for quotes/proposals and negotiate global agreements for contractor services across ADM.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate market intelligence, internal business goals and historical spend to determine strategic opportunities.
  • Prepare and issue requests for quote, proposal or information to qualified suppliers.
  • Analyze supplier responses and make data-driven sourcing recommendations.
  • Act as prime negotiator with suppliers on price, terms, quality, service, and other business requirements.
  • Develop and implement contractual framework in close cooperation with legal.
  • Establish short and long term category metrics and TCO savings targets, monitor performance, and communicate these to stakeholders.
  • Manage supplier expectations and key performance metrics.
  • Apply eSourcing best practices to all sourcing events.
  • Serve as a single point of contact for up to 20 different categories of spend, to ensure maximum leverage is consistently utilized.
  • Establish robust communication plan to keep internal business partners informed of progress and benefits of Procurement activity.
  • Partner with internal risk, HR, and compliance groups to ensure category strategies are compliant with relevant laws, regulations, and risk policies.
  • Act as change agent and advocate for Procurement as a value added function.
  • Develop and implement process improvements and cost savings initiatives with suppliers.

Required Competencies:


  • Commercial skills and familiarity with contract law
  • Competent in financial analysis
  • Customer solutions focused
  • Proven negotiations skills
  • Skilled in cost/benefit analysis and alternative decision making
  • Technology adept (eProcurement and P2P systems, standard Office Suite such as Excel, Word, and Power Point)
  • Capacity to develop advanced strategies
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks efficiently and thoroughly
  • Global awareness (culture, currencies, geography, political)
  • Continuous Improvement

Interpersonal Skills

  • Communications (oral/written)
  • Ability to influence and lead outcome
  • Forward, visionary thinker
  • Skilled at relationship management, with internal and external partners
  • Team oriented

Educational and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, or related field is required
  • A Master's degree in Business is preferred.
  • Minimum of six (6) years professional work experience with four (4) years in purchasing for global companies
  • In-depth understanding of various contracting models is strongly desired

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

Keywords: Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur , Category Specialist - Contractor Services, Other , Decatur, Illinois

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