Job ID: 2021-12423 Type: Full-Time # of Openings: 1 Category: Financial Services and Procurement
Princeton University’s Office of Finance and Treasury seeks an accomplished leader for the position of Senior Category Manager in the central Procurement Services function. This role requires an influential individual capable of driving transformational change across the Source-to-Pay lifecycle, while balancing the demanding and challenging requirements of a dynamic, world class education and research institution. While specific procurement category responsibilities will be defined, the ideal candidate will demonstrate versatility across a range of categories.
This Senior Category Manager is expected to deliver measurable value to the University, leading strategic sourcing projects for the most complex and impactful areas of spend and University need. Blending technical competency, a collaborative investigative approach, and the insights gained from rigorous analytics, they will synthesize multiple sources of information into compelling business cases and category plans. Partnering with a wide range of stakeholders, they will execute the plans through strategic sourcing, contract negotiations, and implementation of the selected suppliers across a diverse campus community.
In addition, to support a range of strategic initiatives, this position provides direction and guidance to procurement buyers and plays a key part in educating and supporting University partners on process efficiencies, system capabilities, and the value procurement provides across the Source-to-Pay lifecycle.
The Office of Finance & Treasury actively searches for staff members of exceptional ability and promise who share in Princeton University's commitment to excellence, and who present a diversity of viewpoints and cultures. We offer varied professional opportunities spanning all aspects of financial management, analysis, and processing in support of the teaching and research mission. As part of the University community, we respect the dignity and individuality of each member while trying to foster a sense of shared experience and common purpose. We are unwavering in our commitment to both diversity and community and embrace the variety of talents, backgrounds, and perspectives of all of our colleagues.
Develop compelling business cases to deliver long term value through the synthesis of analytics, stakeholder requirements, and market dynamics
Lead and perform strategic sourcing activities using electronic RFx portal
Collaborate with stakeholders to build demand management, specification, bundling, and other strategies into the value proposition while balancing social objectives such as diversity and sustainability.
Lead the negotiations, contracting, and enablement of new supplier agreements.
Educate campus stakeholders and create supplier agreements to ensure the user experience during the Procure-to-Pay (P2P) process is optimized
Meet regularly with campus constituents to identify savings and service opportunities, monitor contract compliance and facilitate the exchange of information to enhance the user experience and improve supplier performance.
Contract and Supplier Enablement
Develop a thorough understanding of user requirements in advance of the RFx to inform the change management and communications activities during project implementation
Ensure the establishment of a hosted or punch-out catalog on the electronic Marketplace
Ensure the desired portfolio of supplier catalogs and content are displayed to shoppers
Work collaboratively with project managers, communications staff, technical administrators, and affected campus departments to ensure the successful launch of new, competitively awarded suppliers.
Leverage skill and judgment to create, negotiate, and execute contracts necessary to achieve user objectives, minimize university risk, and promote supplier diversity
Evaluate and resolve contractual issues for complex, high dollar purchases and to ensure process and policy compliance, value and risk optimization, and the achievement of University objectives including diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As owner of the category, leverage internal and external data, market intelligence, and good strategic sourcing practices to deliver a balance between short term results with long term and strategic objectives
Manage the contract portfolio within the category and collaborate as required for non-strategic contracts with the appropriate Buyer.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or 7-10 years of experience in strategic procurement including delivering value through category management
Ability to collaborate with multiple departments and lead cross-functional teams
Excellent communications skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities
Ability to convert complex and conflicting needs into actionable requirements
Advanced negotiation skills and demonstrated value contribution results
Advanced knowledge of contracts and the ability to lead stakeholders to minimize the impact of contract terms and conditions
Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
Excellent analytical skills
CPM or CPSM certification
Experience working in a higher education environment
Proficiency with electronic sourcing event tools
Experience with the PeopleSoft purchasing application
Experience with SciQuest eProcurement tools
Experience managing compliance with internal and external policies/ requirements (e.g. Sponsored Research, Environmental\ Health and Safety, Tax Reporting)
Experience utilizing SRM
Experience managing data using MS Access, Cognos, or other reporting tools
Experience managing staff
Project management skills
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.
Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.