Category Manager


Thousand Oaks, California

19 days ago

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Job Description

Job Title: Category Manager
Location: Remote
Duration: 6 months
This role will be part of the cross-functional team in driving Free Cash Flow improvement from the Global Procurement perspective as of the Clients Cash Culture Initiative.
Job Details:
Responsible for managing sourcing processes focused on Corporate Services categories that may include Legal, Human Resources, Risk Management, Financial Services and Management Consultants. In addition, will also support the development and implementation of sourcing and category management strategies across all other clients sites. Responsibilities include: leading the industry analysis to identify size of industry, leading players, and specific industry characteristics; conducting client requirement analysis to understand clients' procurement needs; influence suppliers and stimulate innovation, process improvement, and cost management; developing a comprehensive category strategy based on customer and industry analyses and developing contracts with new suppliers or renegotiating existing contracts; lead the contract negotiation process and achieve best value for client by:
1) leading the appropriate sourcing process for new and existing business requirements;
2) defining and executing the contract negotiation strategy; and follow-on contract management; 3) leading the contract implementation and the identification of opportunities for expanded supplier relationships to enhance the business partnerships.
Skills: ; sourcing/procurement experience ; statistical analysis; excellent communication skills ; ability to work with and lead a team
Day to Day Responsibilities:
Perform gap analysis on the mega-category level ($8B external spend) beyond top 10 suppliers identified based on spend
- Develop multi-year plan on the mega-category level and strategize our approach to drive the remaining opportunities through value realization
- Segment suppliers and customize communication approach to ensure that the changes in payment terms are effectively understood and received by each supplier group, helping to mitigate potential resistance or misunderstandings. For example, a small group of “consultants” to serve as a “help desk” and triage questions/complaints from Suppliers
- Develop working capital reporting capabilities that provide both management and operational level of visibility to performance
Top 3 Must have skills:
Project management skills
Analytical skills
Communication skills

Nice to have: working capital improvement and payment extension experience
Basic Qualification:
Doctorate degree OR Bachelor degree and 4 years of experience OR Associate degree and 10 years of experience OR High school diploma / GED and 12 years of experience
Possible Extension: Yes
Red Flags:
Less than 3 years of experience.
Candidates must be engaged and self motivated.

Interview Process: 3 rounds of virtual interviews.

About Us: Established in 2004, SPECTRAFORCE® is one of the largest and fastest-growing diversity-owned staffing firms in the US. The growth of our company is a direct result of our global client service delivery model that is powered by our state-of-the-art A.I. proprietary talent acquisition platform, robust ISO 9001:2015/ISO 27001 certified processes, and strong and passionate client engaged teams. We have built our business by providing talent and project-based solutions, including Contingent, Permanent, and Statement of Work (SOW) services to over 140 clients in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and India. Key industries that we service include Technology, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Telecom, Retail, Utilities and Transportation. SPECTRAFORCE is built on a concept of “human connection,” defined by our branding attitude of NEWJOBPHORIA®, which is the excitement of bringing joy and freedom to the work lifestyle so our people and clients can reach their highest potential. Learn more at:
Benefits: SPECTRAFORCE offers ACA compliant health benefits as well as dental, vision, accident, critical illness, voluntary life, and hospital indemnity insurances to eligible employees. Additional benefits offered to eligible employees include commuter benefits, 401K plan with matching, and a referral bonus program. SPECTRAFORCE provides unpaid leave as well as paid sick leave when required by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer: SPECTRAFORCE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Please contact Human Resources at if you require reasonable accommodation. 
At SPECTRAFORCE, we are committed to maintaining a workplace that ensures fair compensation and wage transparency in adherence with all applicable state and local laws. This position’s starting pay is: $41.41/hr.