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Category Manager, Indirect Sourcing

Strategic Sourcing
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The primary responsibility of this position is to execute sourcing strategies and supplier management strategies for software suppliers to reduce costs without compromising quality. The Category Manager – Indirect Sourcing will be responsible for global category analysis, leading the RFx process, creating Purchase Orders and negotiating contracts with suppliers.  The individual will be responsible for strategic sourcing, negotiations and management of major global contracts for the company. This position will support the management of low to high complex categories by analyzing reporting and research, maintaining database information and executing tasks and projects in an efficient and timely manner.




  • Responsibility for 2-3 high-complexity categories in Indirect Sourcing
  • Implement sourcing strategies as directed from management in Software categories that results in a sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Perform high complexity negotiations
  • Perform complex analysis for proposed pricing.
  • Provide input on negotiation and sourcing strategies
  • Ability to lead cross functional team through the procurement process
  • Process Purchase Requisitions and Purchase Orders
  • Track, monitor, analyze and report pricing to cross functional departments
  • Maintain sourcing database(s) to ensure reporting is accurate; review and analyze reporting
  • Strong influencing and networking skills as the organization relies on working in cross functional teams across borders
  • Good and up to date knowledge of the Software category
  • Strong ability to analyze data and present solutions present up
  • Manage full lifecycle of contracts for assigned programs of work and key suppliers
  • Conduct periodic market analysis of rates and other commercial terms
  • Negotiate new agreements and SOWs in support of key sourcing areas
  • Ability to take data analysis and build a strong business case for Sr. Management based on Total Cost of Ownership
  • Expeditiously resolve the needs of the customer and support supplier relationships
  • Ensure compliance to company purchasing/procurement policies and procedures.


  • Effectively communicates ideas in written and verbal communication
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Effectively build a pipeline of deals and develop the appropriate resourcing plans.
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Ability multi-task various projects and achieve timely results by effectively and efficiently prioritizing tasks and projects
  • 5+ years of leading global sourcing initiatives in Software category.
  • Must be results oriented
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Intermediate project management skills
  • Team player with ability to work with associates from other regions
  • Able to project authority in group settings
  • Ability to express personal point of view in a constructive and direct manner
  • 7+ years of experience in Software strategic sourcing, consulting, vendor management, contracts, and/or procurement (required)
  • 5+ years’ experience in depth experience of contracts and working in Software category.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • CPM / CPSM certified or equivalent or SME experience required
  • MBA or JD preferred
  • Six Sigma Black Belt preferred

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