Sr. Category Manager, IT

Title: Sr. Category Manager, IT (8020861)
Duration: 0-6 months
Location: Chicago, IL 60290
Job Description:
Reporting to Associate Director, Procurement, this position is responsible for hands-on management of a Procurement team, involving team leadership, collaboration with key business leadership and stakeholders, formulating value realization and customer satisfaction strategies, developing procurement programs and approaches for multiple categories in the Information Technology space (including cloud, infrastructure, security, on-prem software, hardware, and consulting services), with a focus on balancing superior service to IT functional clients with maximized value for the company of items purchased. This position will drive the Business Unit strategy and agenda across Corporate Indirect Procurement through effective communication and interaction within the company. 
The selected individual will be responsible for overseeing a small team of focused procurement individuals chartered with developing and maturing Tyson/Supplier relationships to insure targeted departmental and company objectives are met. Duties of the position will include supporting management’s vision for the execution of Procurements multi-year plan; executing the procurement life cycle for categories personally accountable as well as oversight for direct reports’ categories of accountability; participation in frequent steering meetings to measure and discuss supplier performance relative to Tyson's performance expectation; developing Continuous Improvement strategies for the responsible categories and directing resources relating to project management; executing strategies that will develop the supplier-Tyson relationship, while continuously fostering this model to support proactive technology and innovation ideas that will ensure the competitiveness of Tyson in the marketplace. This position will also be responsible for measuring and reporting category savings on a quarterly basis. This will include a savings analysis compared to established goals and objectives for the category. This position will be responsible for monitoring commodity market activity and conditions to determine overall strategy to eliminate the cost impact to the Tyson Foods Company. This position will require market forecasting for budgets and analyzing budget versus actual costs.
Key competency expectations: 
Procurement •Understands deeply and can utilize most procurement processes, tools, and systems •Executes & oversees lifecycle management process •Understands deeply category planning, development & execution •Requires limited guidance 
Negotiations •Applies negotiation techniques and tools in most situations •Executes & oversees negotiation process •Requires limited guidance 
Category Knowledge •Understands deeply and can utilize most category management processes and tools •Prior hands-on work with suppliers in the subject area •Develops sourcing plans and strategies •Requires limited guidance 
Financial Knowledge •Comprehends and draws insights from most financial data, statements, and models •Requires limited guidance 
Contractual •Executes complex contracts in accordance with policies and processes •Requires limited guidance 
Risk Management •Rigorously identifies, prioritizes, mitigates, and monitors risks 
Customer Relations •Works well with multiple customers •Develops and applies a well-defined, thorough approach to customer relationship management independently •High level of Executive acumen 
Supplier Relations •Works well with multiple suppliers •Develops and executes against a robust supplier relationship strategy independently 
Project Management •Deep knowledge and experience with project management processes and tools •Ability to manage complex projects independently 
Financial Analysis •Assesses the viability, stability, and profitability of complex initiatives / projects •Requires limited guidance 
Communication •Writes effective business communications independently and adjusts style for intended audience •Effectively presents own work in both informal and formal settings •Effectively balances candor and collaboration to achieve results 
Category Expertise •Possesses a general understanding of category dynamics and drivers with deep expertise in multiple areas 
Advanced Analytics •Assesses data accuracy, validity, and integrity •Understands or performs most advanced statistical analysis 
Process Excellence •Participates as a Six Sigma project team member •Reviews process improvements for projects 
Professional Development •Effectively manages and leads employees •Sought after by peers and junior employees for coaching; recognized as a people developer an emerging leader •Active and effective mentor 
Education: Bachelor's degree; agriculture business, business administration, economics, Information Technology, and/or engineering preferred. 
Experience: 10+ years of experience in related field; strong technical and operational knowledge of manufacturing processes; familiarity with business and contract law as applied to supplier relationships required; Animal science/husbandry experience will enhance position effectiveness. Exposure to global sourcing is a plus. 
Computer Skills: Standard computer skills; experience in spreadsheet, database and statistical analysis are necessary. 
Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills; formal presentations are required. 
Special Skills: Strong negotiating skills; ability to multi-task, attention to detail, organized; exemplary customer service skills; judgment to handle confidential information and challenging business situations; ability to lead and influence others; effective and proven strategic planning, project management, problem solving, leadership and team building skills. 
Supervisory: Responsible for supervising a group of personnel who perform different tasks and activities. 
Travel: 12 or fewer trips a year.

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