Sr. Category Manager

Job Description:
This position is responsible for developing procurement programs and strategies 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. The manager will be responsible for developing and maturing Tyson/Supplier relationships to insure targeted departmental and company objectives are met. Duties of the position will include 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 •Requires limited guidance 
Negotiations: •Applies negotiation techniques and tools in most situations •Requires limited guidance 
Category Knowledge: •Understands deeply and can utilize most category management processes and tools •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 
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 
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, animal science, business administration, economics, or engineering preferred. 
Experience: 7 – 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.

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