Global Category Manager Supply Chain

Requisition ID
Business & Strategic Planning


The Global Category Manager Supply Chain is responsible for supporting the business units to develop and execute Strategy and Governance for the sourcing of products and services for resale to Here Technologies' customer, such as the production and distribution of update DVDs or memory sticks and other products which are resold to Here customers.

The purpose of the Global Category Manager (OPC/Outsourcing) is to assist and facilitate the development and execution of sourcing strategies, managing supplier performance and ensuring business KPIs are achieved.


  • Define and drive global category strategies and improvement plans 
  • Enhance category expertise by leveraging external networks, business stakeholders, and key suppliers 
  • Translate improvement objectives (efficiency, savings, etc.) into viable category business plans 
  • Define the sourcing strategy and levers to pull early in the project 
  • Lead and/or conduct sourcing events in area of oversight 
  • Develop and maintains market information on suppliers and identifies qualified supply base 
  • Creates RFQs / RFPs with regards to execution of bid events 
  • Work with cross-functional / global stakeholders to develop selection criteria 
  • Conduct supplier negotiations 
  • Support development of cross-functional and global teams 
  • Work with internal customers and key stakeholders for inclusion 
  • Interfaces with internal customers to understand requirements, demand management opportunities, and issues resolution 
  • Engages key stakeholders for inclusion in sourcing strategy development and execution 
  • Notifies the Manager when a conflict arises between stakeholder requirements and sourcing strategy 
  • Manages ongoing vendor relationships with business and functional leads 
  • Acts as a liaison between business / functional leads and supplier; owns compliant resolution 
  • Participates in regular supplier meetings 
  • Implements improvement ideas with supplier 
  • Helps drive tracking and reporting for category spend areas 
  • Develops tracking mechanisms and supplier key performance indicators with manager 
  • Tracks compliance to preferred supplier list 
  • Supports formal management reporting to senior executives 
  • Uses procurement tools and systems to create operational efficiency and visibility  
  • Negotiates skillfully in situations with both internal and external parties; can win concessions while maintaining relationships; can be direct and forceful as well as diplomatic
  • Relatively independence with coaching and guidance provided
  • Creative in identifying total cost of ownership reduction opportunities 


  • 12+ business experience in strategic sourcing  global sourcing a plus 
  • Management consulting experience a plus 
  • BS with MBA a plus 
  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills; proficient in Microsoft office products 
  • Ability to interface / engage with clients and suppliers via strong written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Experience working within an international matrix organization.
  • Previously worked in these areas: Contract Management, Financial Management, Performance Management, Relationship Management


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