Global Category Manager

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The Global Category Manager supports and executes on global category management activities and global sourcing initiatives and value analysis across the regions with the accountability of managing the value of $100-$200 million spend. The Global Category Manager also develops and maintains relationships with leaders in other regions and functions and with global, strategic and critical suppliers. The Global Category Manager reports to the Global Director Category Management.

Major Job Functions:

  • Support the global category management function to create value, drive improvements, and realize savings across the regions in which Finning operates
  • Executes the global category management strategy (build and directed by the Global Director, Category Manager) that supports the Company strategy and Global Supply Chain strategy
  • Provide input and recommendations in to the business processes, systems, and analysis of overall global spending to identify new opportunities for savings and efficiencies
  • Develop, grow and maintain trusted and collaborative relationships with regional business partners, contracting team partners, and stakeholders to ensure Procurement overall in a global scope (between all regions) is a valued partner and appropriately involved in business decisions
  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with strategic, global and critical suppliers to improve supplier performance and to ensure the most competitive total cost of ownership of goods and services globally is negotiated
  • This role will be responsible for regional execution through closely aligning with each Finning division to ensure global execution
  • Develop, implement and drive opportunities to increase utilization of global suppliers through identification, communications, strategic sourcing and progress reporting. This includes supporting the development and accurate use of a tracking and measurement tool
  • Understand regional procurement procedures, workflows and processes and determine opportunities for improvement and standardization across the organization. In addition, understand and ensure compliance with all applicable regional procurement laws and regulations including tax considerations
  • Execute on a long-term global category management strategy
  • Responsible to ensure global cost saving targets are realized on an annual basis
  • Identify and execute process improvements and global standardization initiatives
  • Responsible to build strong relationships with global, strategic and critical suppliers in order to negotiate more innovative and beneficial contractual agreements and service levels
  • Responsible to define and measure relevant key performance indicators for global, strategic and critical suppliers
  • Ensure optimal, proactive solutions and communications are provided to manage and/or resolve escalated issues and projects to support strong regional relationships
  • Participate, as required, in cross functional team meetings to discuss initiatives, assess impact, implementation strategies and contract roll-outs to ensure effective management of contracts and pricing agreements

    Specific Skills & Knowledge:

  • Proven ability to execute strategic business initiatives and strategic planning
  • Proven advanced negotiations and contract management skills
  • Ability to identify, quantify and effectively mitigate procurement risks
  • Ability to develop actionable strategies and oversee their execution
  • Ability to assimilate information, evaluate facts, determine alternative solutions to problems, and to reach and communicate sound management and business decisions  
  • Highly collaborative and proven ability to work cross regionally and cross functionally to build trusted relationships with leaders across all business units and regions to achieve results
  • Proven project management, planning and organizational skills
  • Analytical skills with the ability to support others to understand market dynamics and business partner needs
  • Takes initiative and displays creativity and innovation in achieving results
  • Presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing requirements and provide necessary support
  • Breadth and depth of knowledge of socio-political economics, taxation, accounting principles, the concept of total cost of ownership, cost management and process improvement
  • Practical experience and theoretical knowledge in end-to end supply chain management including inventory management and procurement operations
  • Experienced at developing and implementing global procurement policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and awareness of functional interdependencies
  • Strong cost benefit and business analysis abilities
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, advanced level in excel and internal systems
  • Understands and adheres to Finning policies and procedures, including safety

    Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business or equivalent experience in a related field
  • Advanced business degree would be considered an asset
  • 10 years of management experience in a procurement organization with a focus on category management, strategic planning of a global nature
  • Experience with spend analytics tools and/or e-procurement
  • Experience within larger organizations with a proven track record of influencing authority at all levels and executing category management strategies
  • Positive, “can-do” attitude and customer focused approach that will enable you to deal with challenging situations with integrity, empathy and passion
  • Fluency in English is required; Spanish would be considered an asset
  • SCMP, IFPSM designation or certification or equivalent procurement/supply chain management designation or certification is preferred