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Category Specialist - Decatur, IL Chicago, IL or Erlanger, KY

Company: ADM
Location: Decatur
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

Job Description Category Specialist - Decatur, IL Chicago, IL or Erlanger, KY An opportunity has arisen for a Category Specialist on the Corporate Procurement Team. The main purpose of this role is to develop and execute global category strategies in collaboration with stakeholders and in alignment with global and local sourcing requirements. You will work closely with our business unit leaders to understand implementation challenges and to develop solutions to increase compliance. In this role, you will assist our different businesses to determine and manage requirements by providing insight into alternative options to better control demand.Your ResponsibilitiesReporting to the Enterprise Software, SaaS, and Hardware Category Manager, the main duties of this role will include:Strategic management of Software, SaaS and Hardware categories to manage risk, monitor market conditions, maximize returns, and ensure high-quality, on-time performance for stakeholders;Establish and maintain effective relationships with key suppliers, providing high level of issue resolution where necessary (quality and service);Drive external / marketplace knowledge of the latest category dynamics, trends and best practices aiming to drive implementation of continuous improvement opportunities;Negotiate category's procurement activities, strategic sourcing, supplier management and contract management leveraging company's 7 step sourcing process;Provide leadership and support during sourcing initiatives, including total cost of ownership model development, category strategy development, fact-based negotiation strategy development & execution, supplier evaluation & selection, and category implementation;Implement necessary tools and reports to manage categories and supply base e.g. contract management spend management;Drive efforts to understand internal customer needs and summarize business requirements as input into enterprise-wide sourcing efforts;Establish and evaluate performance metrics for category and own cost saving resultsYour ProfileBachelor's Degree preferably in Supply Management, Operations, Business or EngineeringMinimum 5 years business experience with 2 years preferably in procurement (IT-related category management experience is best)Familiarity with IT systems, technology and terminology.Strong interpersonal skills with ability to engage, communicate and influence mid to senior level stakeholders (internal / external) and establish trust and credibility with business unit leaders and other functional stakeholdersStrong analytical skills with a deep understanding of financial analysis; ability to analyze data as well as draw out and communicate insightsCapable of creating pre-negotiation strategy including company's Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA)Experience in negotiation of complex agreements; commercial skills and familiarity with contract law is a mustStrong communication skills in English, both verbal and written (fluent in other languages a strong plus)Familiarity with multiple source-to-pay systems (eg. COUPA, Ariba, Maximo) and ERP software (JDE, SAP, etc.)Global awareness (culture, currencies, geography, and political)Professional Purchasing CertificationExperience in Food/ Agri-business industryExperience in LEAN Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and/or project management; Strong Project Execution is a mustFamiliarity with E-sourcing tools (Ariba, Bravo, etc.) Our OfferChallenging tasks, short decision-making processes and a high level of personal responsibility in a modern work environment with flexible work time modelsRoom for innovative thinking and growth with the possibility to manage your own career path.A company culture which promotes continuous learning and diversity.Excellent career opportunities in a world leading nutrition company. An attractive remuneration including a variety of social benefits like subsidized health & fitness offers.This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance. ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.REF:76573BR

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