Category Manager- External Temporary Labor and Subcontractor

Requisition ID
Business & Strategic Planning


HERE Technologies, the Open Location Platform company, enables people, enterprises, and cities to harness the power of location. By making sense of the world through the lens of location, we empower our customers to achieve better outcomes from helping a city manage its infrastructure or an enterprise optimize its assets to delivering drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, including our new generation of cloud-based location platform services, visit


The category manager (CM) is responsible for developing and leading the strategic sourcing efforts for the External Temporary Labor and Subcontractor categories. This individual will incorporate best practices and align with the business requirements and company strategy. The CM roles and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Develop trusting relationships with the business / functional stakeholders / suppliers
  • Lead cross-functional teams to ensure effective, collaborative and strategic sourcing decisions are made that satisfy requirements of internal stakeholders
  • Set targets / objectives and managing key vendors performance


  • Execute strategies and improvement plans for several assigned categories
    • Maintains category expertise by leveraging external networks, business stakeholders, and key suppliers
    • Execute the sourcing strategy and levers to pull early in the project
  • Support development of cross-functional category teams
    • 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
  • Conduct sourcing events
    • Develop and maintains market information on suppliers and work with key stakeholders to identify qualified supply base
    • Creates RFQs / RFPs with regards to execution of bid events
    • Work with cross-functional / key stakeholders to develop selection criteria
    • Conduct supplier negotiations
  • Manages ongoing vendor relationships with business and functional leads
    • Acts as a liaison between business / functional leads and supplier; owns compliant resolution
    • Implements improvement ideas with supplier
  • Helps drive tracking and reporting for category spend areas
    • Develops tracking mechanisms and supplier key performance indicators with manager
    • racks compliance to preferred supplier list
  • 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


  • 8+ Business experience in strategic sourcing with 8+ years of professional experience; global sourcing a plus
  • Management consulting experience a plus
  • BS with MBA a plus
  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills; excel modeling and PowerPoint presentation skills
  • Ability to interface / engage with clients and suppliers via strong written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Ability to influence and motivate decision making within peer and key stakeholder groups.
  • Previously worked in these areas: Contract Management, Financial Management, Performance Management, Relationship Management

Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets.


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