The Category Lead performs strategic sourcing and procures supplies and services for assigned commodities/services under the direction of the commodity team leader. This role’s primary focus will be in the category of lab/scientific/academic services.
The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:
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 and select vendors. Perform strategic sourcing activities utilizing an array of e-procurement tools.
Negotiate, write and revise contracts ensuring contracts 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 preferred 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.
Be comfortable working in a de-centralized procurement environment.
Perform other duties as assigned
Machines and/or equipment used on the job, include % of time used:
Personal Computer, telephone, fax, copier, calculator - 90%
Computer or other special needs for the position:
Strong computer skills, including MS Excel/Word/Power Point/Access; SAP R3
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 2 years, preferably 2 - 5 years purchasing experience. Additional experience may substitute for education to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Minimum of 2+ years in strategic sourcing, designing and implementing successful category strategies
Special skills and knowledge:
Applies flexible approach(es) to achieving category results in dynamic situations
Keen negotiation skills
Strong contract knowledge of both commercial and legal terms
Familiarity with applicable state and federal laws and regulations helpful
Experience in use of eSourcing tools to enable optimal strategic outcomes
Experience compiling and analyzing data to identify trends
Ability to process multiple projects, set priorities and work independently
Ability to influence others to voluntarily adopt category management practices
Strong analytical and financial skills
Strong oral and written communication
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Project, and Excel, eSourcing Rfx tools
Knowledge of SAP a plus
Physical requirements for the job: No vigorous physical requirements. Must be able to move about freely in an office environment.
Classified Title: Category Lead Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/ PC Starting Salary Range: $49,216 - $67,735 (Commensurate with Experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30-5 Employee subgroup: Salaried, Exempt Location: Johns Hopkins at Keswick Department name: Procurement Personnel area: University Administration
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