Carnegie Mellon's faculty, staff, and students work together to change the world. The Procurement Services group, within the department of Finance, enables them to purchase the goods and services they need to do it. Each of us that participate in the buying process accepts a special responsibility as stewards of the university's financial resources and a dedication to the highest level of ethical standards. Procurement Services is committed to providing our buying community with the information, processes and tools to make effective buying decisions while meeting its compliance obligations.
Carnegie Mellon University's department of Procurement Services is searching for a strategic Category Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. In this role, you will provide strategic sourcing, negotiation and supplier strategy coordination to fulfill customer needs and obtain the best value for CMU while managing supplier/vendor relationships. Reporting to the Director of Procurement, you will prepare and conduct negotiations with suppliers/vendors to obtain the best value for CMU while managing supplier/vendor relationships.
Core responsibilities may include:
Establishing positive working relationships to anticipate and understand their needs, provide goods/services (quality, timely and cost effective) and demonstrate being a valued business partner.
Defining, developing, and implementing a sourcing strategy / process that delivers the right level of service and outcomes through planning, defining business needs, assessing market, defining strategy, execution, supplier selection, contracting and supplier management.
Negotiating the best price, quality, service levels, and delivery terms for purchased products and services.
Conducting research and analyzing the marketplace, maintaining working knowledge of business trends including industry issues, cost drivers, global pricing, market conditions, and economic indicators. Identifying new and/or alternate sources of supply.
Ensuring all contract obligations are fulfilled, risks are mitigated, issues are resolved and contracts remain valid throughout their life cycle. Holding buyers and suppliers accountable for their actions pursuant to policies, procedures and processes.
Advising departmental campus buyers and partners on procurement policies and procedures, and regularly analyzing internal policies, procedures and processes to recommend updates as needed, as part of continuous improvement effort.
Working to establishing and maintaining metrics to include, but not limited to ethics and compliance, cost savings, customer satisfaction, and supplier management.
Coaching and mentoring junior level procurement and sourcing specialists, providing input into the performance review process.
Regularly performing supplier business reviews and conducting complex financial and cost analysis as needed.
You should have strong attention to detail, excellent customer service / positive stakeholder engagement, and a collaborative approach. Adaptability, excellence, passion, and accountability are vital qualities within Procurement Services. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of ethics and integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Supply Chain, Business, Engineering, or a related field; Master's preferred.
Minimum five years of experience in procurement services required, with three years of experience in strategic sourcing, preferred; professional services experience desired.
Senior Category Manager: minimum eight years of procurement services experience, with five years of structured strategic sourcing and strong demonstrated results required.
CPSM certification preferred.
Expertise in Microsoft Office and Oracle highly desired.
Based on qualifications and interview, candidates may be considered at a Sr. Category Manager level.
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Job Function: Finance / Accounting / Payroll
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Internal Number: 2014755
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.