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Category Manager – Corporate Administrative Services in Pittsburgh, PA at Arconic

Date Posted: 12/3/2018

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Job Description

Primary Purpose of the Job:
  • Category Management is responsible for the assigned Category of Consulting/Temp Labor/Marketing and the management of critical supplier relationships in conjunction with the Central Procurement Services Category Director.
  • The overall goal is to achieve the best total cost position for all external spend within the Category, the lowest sourcing risks, best supplier performances to ensure the highest efficiency and effectiveness of the Procurement team.
  • He/she serves as the point of contact for supplier issues within the assigned categories including issues related to service, commercial terms and contract disputes.
  • He/she must execute global best-in-class procurement processes using state-of-the-art procurement IT software support, ensuring the Procurement organization is utilizing the maximum potential within global and local markets (Cost Savings, Innovation, Quality, Logistics).
Major Activities/Key Challenges:
  • Direct responsibility for spend within the respective Category of Consulting/Temp Labor/Marketing (worldwide demand/cross Bus where relevant)
  • Achieve Procurement targets worldwide for the assigned Category of Consulting/Temp Labor/Marketing (cost, innovation, quality)
  • Develops and executes Procurement strategies such as Low-Cost Country Sourcing strategies
  • Maintains business relationships with representatives of strategic suppliers for the Category of Consulting/Temp Labor/Marketing
  • Collaborates with other category teams and Technical Procurement function using forums such as workshops to achieve category cost savings targets
  • Leads, co-leads, or supports commercial sourcing activity across all categories as required to meet company objectives (e.g. e-Auction, RFx processes)
  • Leads, co-leads, or supports non-commercial events as required to meet objectives, including, but not limited to Kaizen workshops, Working Capital/Inventory Workshops
  • Executes contract negotiations/Terms and Conditions with suppliers classified in category
  • Accountable for Performance areas: Cost Savings (SRT & OCR), Supplier performance, challenging of material & service specifications (demand management)
  • Additional Category Activity:
    • Work closely with Key Stakeholders to build long term strategies for assigned categories
    • Build project/savings pipeline as part of planning activities
    • Special project work as assigned


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Supply Chain, Logistics, Information Technology, Politics/Political Science, Policy, Finance, Accounting, Data Science/Analytics, Marketing/Communications, Economics, Mathematics, or Engineering from an accredited Institution.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in purchasing management.
  • Minimum 2 years’ of international experience.
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3 years previous international work experience in purchasing management
  • MBA in Business Administration/Economics or similar preferred
  • Indirect Sourcing Experience preferred
  • Decision-making
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Innovative, Strategic thinker
  • Customer-oriented with business acumen