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Associate Director: IT Procurment Category Manager

Job Description


Business Partnering and Global Category ownership with accountability for strategy development through tactical-level execution for IT categories of spend. Ensures that Business Partner role is an integral component of Global Procurement interaction. This position leads, teaches and directs Sourcing Associates and Sourcing Analysts throughout the Category Management and Strategic Sourcing processes as well as key processes/skills (e. g. , spend management analysis, stakeholder management, etc.) Develop, maintain and implement a 3-5 year strategic plan and ensure all projects supporting the strategic plan deliver maximum value. Understand the product lifecycle process, impact on the organization (both short and long term) and knowledge of the global value chain to provide strategic industry insights and identify potential opportunities that may shorten/improve the product lifecycle or integrate opportunities across categories that ultimately lead to a competitive advantage. This position will facilitate continuous improvement and idea innovation that will enable the Business Partner, Category and Functional Leads to achieve strategic objectives.

Major Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Key Stakeholder Management/Business Partner Management:

Form a partnership with the Business Stakeholders sharing the ownership and accountability for meeting the agreed upon objective

Bring external insights aligned to business objectives

Category management:

Develop Category Plan to support business objectives and drive the team to meet deliverables as agreed upon in Category Plan

Plan procurement, sourcing and supply strategies

Develop and maintain market awareness

Manage sourcing process directly and through indirect team of sourcing associates

Structure business transactions, negotiate contracts

Work with legal, finance and other cross functional teams to ensure best business outcomes, obtain legal review and approval when required

Resolve complex contract issues with suppliers

Develop financing strategies

Execute Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) program as needed

Reports to: Director, IT Sourcing

Internal/External Stakeholders:

Business unit specific leadership teams

Global Procurement senior leadership team

Supplier executive management

Members of industry; technology councils and organizations



Minimum Requirements:

B.S. / B. A.

Minimum of 8-10 years of business experience

Minimum of 6 years of procurement or sales experience

An understanding of information technology concepts;

An understanding of intellectual property concepts (licensing, IP ownership, derivatives, and copyright) general contracting terms, escrow concepts, and the System Development Life Cycle;

An understanding of common software licensing metrics, software licensing compliance and software maintenance and support concepts;

An understanding of the software technologies available in the marketplace and associated licensors;

An understanding of cloud computing service models and trends;

An understanding of the construction of statements of work (time and material, fixed fee, milestones, deliverables and acceptance criteria);

An understanding of typical IT consulting roles (technical architect, application developer, etc.;

Experience negotiating software license, support and maintenance agreements;

Experience leading/influencing individuals/teams and establishing performance expectations;

Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse audience using a variety of mediums;

Project management skills and experience;

Procurement/sourcing process knowledge;

An understanding of financial valuation techniques and concepts including management of working capital, cash flow, accrual accounting and revenue recognition;

Experience leading and participating on cross-functional and/or global teams

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. / M.B.A.

Knowledge of R&D and Pharma experience strongly preferred

Project Management Institute PMP certification is preferred

Pharmaceutical Procurement experience

Associate Director: IT Procurment Category Manager

Plainsboro Township, NJ 08536
Full Time

Published on 09/14/2021

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