Requisition # 2017-7834 Department Procurement Services Category Financial Services and Procurement Date Posted 4 months ago Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time Application Deadline
Princeton University's Office of Finance and Treasury seeks an accomplished leader for the position of Category Manager in the central Procurement Services function. This role requires an influential individual capable of driving transformational change across the Source-to-Pay (S2P) lifecycle, while balancing the demanding and challenging requirements of a dynamic, world class education and research institution.
While the primary focus will be on administrative, services, and campus infrastructure, including categories such as Food, MRO, Travel, Furniture, Financial Services, and Logistics, the ideal candidate will also be required to demonstrate versatility across a range of categories.
This role is expected to deliver measurable value to the University, leading strategic sourcing projects for the most complex and impactful areas of spend and University need. Blending technical competency, a collaborative investigative approach, and the insights gained from rigorous analytics, he/she will synthesize multiple sources of information into compelling business cases and category plans. Partnering with a wide range of stakeholders, he/she will execute the plans through strategic sourcing, contract negotiations, and implementation of the selected suppliers across a diverse campus community.
In addition, to support the transformation initiatives, this position provides direction and guidance to procurement buyers and plays a key part in educating and supporting University partners on process efficiencies, system capabilities, and the value procurement provides across the S2P lifecycle.
Note: This position has been deemed essential and may require the individual to be available onsite or remotely during University holidays/closures.
Develop compelling business cases to deliver long term value through the synthesis of analytics, stakeholder requirements, and market dynamics
Lead and perform strategic sourcing activities using electronic RFx portal
Collaborate with stakeholders to build demand management, specification, bundling, and other strategies into the value proposition while balancing social objectives such as diversity and sustainability.
Lead the negotiations, contracting, and enablement of new supplier agreements.
Educate campus stakeholders and create supplier agreements to ensure the user experience during the Procure-to-Pay (P2P) process is optimized
Meet regularly with campus constituents to identify savings and service opportunities, monitor contract compliance and facilitate the exchange of information to enhance the user experience and improve supplier performance.
Contract and Supplier Enablement
Work collaboratively with project managers, communications staff, technical administrators, and affected campus departments to ensure the successful launch of new, competitively awarded suppliers
Develop a thorough understanding of user requirements in advance of the RFx to inform the change management and communications activities during project implementation
Ensure the establishment of a hosted or punch-out catalog on the electronic Marketplace
Ensure the desired portfolio of supplier catalogs and content are displayed to shoppers
Procurement and Campus Support
Leverage skill and judgment to source, negotiate, and execute contracts necessary to achieve campus department objectives and minimize university risk
Evaluate and resolve contractual issues in order to approve complex, high dollar purchase orders to ensure process and policy compliance, value and risk are optimized, and the achievement of University objectives is optimized
As owner of the category, leverage internal and external data, market intelligence, and good strategic sourcing practices to deliver a balance between short term results with long term and strategic objectives
Manage the contract portfolio within the category and assign ownership as required for nonstrategic contracts to the appropriate Buyer
Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
5-7 years of experience in strategic sourcing and/or category management
Ability to collaborate with and lead cross-functional teams to drive change
Experienced using electronic sourcing tools
Excellent communications skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities
Analytical skill to convert complex and conflicting data sets into actionable requirements
Advanced negotiation skills with ability to leverage contract terms and conditions
Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
CPM or CPSM certification
MBA, MS, or other advanced degree
Relevant category leadership experiences
Experience working in a higher education or non-mandate environment
Experience with the PeopleSoft purchasing application
Experience with Jaegger (formerly SciQuest) eProcurement tools
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW
Standard Weekly Hours
Eligible for Overtime
Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)
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