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Category Specialist-Direct

Date: Mar 18, 2019

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Category Specialist-Direct

The Category Specialist is responsible for managing and driving sourcing projects within the procurement department in support of business objectives. In addition to sourcing, this role is responsible for developing supplier relationships, and proactively identifying value opportunities. The Category Specialist will become a subject matter expert in their assigned categories, utilizing data, tools, policies and processes, to best support the business.

Primary Responsibilities


Strategic Sourcing Execution

  • Execute sourcing projects to generate required savings, including:
  • Analyzing data in support of sourcing events and initiatives
  • Understanding data sources and proactively seeking ways to improve data accuracy and integrity
  • Conducting market and supplier research in support of sourcing strategies
  • Developing ongoing assessments of assigned categories for risks to supply and mitigate by sourcing and assisting in the qualification of additional sources.  Providing support for deployment and transition for these 2nd Sources.


    Category Support

  • Developing and executing category strategies that are in line with business objectives
  • Conducting analyses using KPIs to evaluate and manage current/potential suppliers
  • Analyzing SAP Master Data accuracy and updating as necessary
  • Developing technical efficiency with spend analysis and visibility tools, to create spend analyses, determine baseline spend and calculate realized savings from sourcing events
  • Resolving supplier pricing discrepancies on invoices


    People/Relationship Management

  • Works effectively in teams, including cross-functional
  • Self-starter, able to determine workflow based on management direction
  • Ability to communicate effectively to various business partners through phone and email
  • Ability to align own activities with group's goals and strategies
  • Takes initiative and asks clarifying questions as necessary


    Core Competencies

  • Knowledge of procurement best practices, including supplier negotiations, evaluation, selection,  management, and development; must be able to demonstrate extensive hands-on experience
  • Thinking critically and structuring analyses to solve poorly defined problems
  • Knowledge of SAP, JDA, Ariba, or other e-sourcing tools desired
  • Strong analytical abilities, including ability to leverage Excel, and other quantitative analysis tools
  • Basic project management skills, including understanding how to plan for own work in reasonable time frame and break tasks into achievable sub-tasks
  • Establishing personal credibility
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively interact with many levels of management in both one-on-one and multi-disciplinary group settings
  • This position requires a high level of customer service focus, with the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external key stakeholders.
  • Planning and Organizing Skills required



    Educational/Previous Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering or related field required.
  • 2 - 5 years of experience in strategic sourcing or commensurate experience in related functions.


Nearest Major Market: Chicago