The Purchasing Department is seeking a Category Lead who will perform strategic sourcing tasks and procure supplies and services for assigned categories (Administration, Facilities, and Construction) and other assigned commodities/services under the direction of the Sourcing Director.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Create and execute category strategies by leveraging current and future business requirements, market intelligence, and historical spend to drive cost reduction, enterprise consistency, and business value
Develop and lead cross functional teams to derive common specifications for products based on commodity knowledge, departmental requirements, product availability, etc.
Create a category specific initiative pipeline that will forecast and direct procurement projects and sourcing activities
Procure products, equipment and services and arrange for leases and rentals. Coordinate and conduct negotiations with suppliers to achieve business objectives with a positive result
Develop new sources of supplies as needed. Evaluate, select, and track performance of vendors
Perform strategic sourcing activities utilizing an array of e-procurement tools
Draft, edit and negotiate contracts ensuring that they account for preferential commercial terms, relevant laws, regulations and risk
Build and maintain strong working relationships with internal customers and enhance working relationships with key suppliers
Establish category metrics and savings targets, monitor performance, and communicate these to stakeholders
Develop a working knowledge of relevant industry trends and issues, market conditions, audit process and ethical standards governing relationships between buyer and seller
Perform other duties as assigned
Machines and/or Equipment Used:
Personal Computer, telephone, fax, copier, calculator - 90% of the time
Computer/Other Special Needs:
Strong computer skills, including SAP R3; Microsoft Office Suite (inclusive of Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
Degree of Independent Action Performed:
Dependent upon experience and expertise.
Independence grows with time and competence
Internal/External Contacts Required:
Faculty, staff, students, vendors and occasionally, government officials
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's Degree required. Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula
CPM or CPSM preferred
Minimum of 3 years, preferably 3 - 5 years purchasing, sourcing, and/or supply chain experience. Additional experience may substitute for education to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Minimum of 2+ years in designing and implementing successful sourcing strategies
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Applies flexible approach(es) to achieving category results in dynamic situations
Ability to process multiple projects, set priorities and work independently
Keen negotiation skills
Strong contract knowledge of both commercial and legal terms
Strong oral and written communication
Experience in use of eSourcing tools to enable optimal strategic outcomes
Ability to influence others to voluntarily adopt category management practices
Strong analytical and financial skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Project, and Excel, eSourcing Rfx tools
Knowledge of SAP a plus
Familiarity with applicable state and federal laws and regulations helpful
No vigorous physical requirements.
Must be able to move about freely in an office environment.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Classified Title: Category Lead Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC Starting Salary Range: $50,700 - $69,780 annually (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30am - 5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: JH at Keswick Department name: Buying Personnel area: University Administration
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