• Chicago, IL
  • Non-Executive Management
  • Full-Time
  • 3251 S Western Blvd

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**Job Description**

**Category Manager - Corporate and Professional Services**

**(Will be traveling approximately 75% of the time working with Clients)**


In this procurement consulting role, the Category manager will lead the development, implementation, and ongoing management of category strategies for our clients. Above and beyond strategic sourcing activities, the Category Manager understands external variables, learns the internal landscape of our clients (requirements, organizational structure, priorities) and develops relationships to successfully develop category strategies that utilize various value levers to deliver improved cost, reduced risk, and more efficient programs to our clients.

**Essential Duties and Responsibilities**

+ Develops category strategies for the assigned areas of responsibility.

+ Build relationships with client stakeholders such that Category Manager can demonstrate value in continued engagement, can challenge the client stakeholders when fruitful, and can bring additional subject matter expertise.

+ Identifies cost savings opportunities across the client's Corporate/Professional Services spend.

+ Acts as a trusted advisor and SME in the areas of sourcing and negotiating contracts for a wide range of Corporate/Professional Services.

+ Achieve cost savings, risk mitigation, and process efficiencies through various value levers.

+ Lead supplier selection process across multiple subsets of the category, with various scope and client stakeholder groups. Recommend sources of supply from diversity, disadvantaged and small business where applicable.

+ Lead negotiations with current and potential suppliers as part of the contract renewal or vendor selection process.

+ Collect and analyze internal/external category data, metrics, and reports to track performance against targets.

+ Ability to analyze multiple data sets to identify opportunities and category insights.

+ Participate in category councils and business reviews to support collaboration, knowledge sharing, opportunity identification, and overall relationship development.

+ Innovate within the procurement space; look at new ways to structure programs or categories, benefit from changes in supply market, or modify tools/processes to add value.

+ Provide support throughout the sourcing and contracting process when necessary, ensuring seamless hand off to our clients when appropriate.

**Required Technical and Professional Expertise**

+ A minimum of 7 years of strategic sourcing experience, with 4+ years sourcing corporate and professional services.

+ Extensive experience sourcing corporate services such as: contingent workforce, consulting services, financial services, legal services, recruitment services, relocation, HR services, and training.

+ Ability to Travel 75% of the time.

+ Prefer previous experience in a client facing / consultative role.

**Preferred Tech and Prof Experience**

+ Deep business analysis and strategic thinking skills

**EO Statement**

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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