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Category Manager, Indirect Corporate Functions * Work from home

Company: American Red Cross
Location: Nashville
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox when accessing Candidate Home.By joining the American Red Cross you will touch millions of lives every year and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best. Are you ready to be part of the world's largest humanitarian network?**** As a condition of employment with American Red Cross, you are required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated for COVID 19 or qualify for an exemption, except in states where it is prohibited by law. Accordingly, employment is conditioned on providing proof of vaccination or having an approved exemption prior to starting employment **** Join us-Where your Career is a Force for Good!Job Description:The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Disaster Relief, Support for America's Military Families, Lifesaving Blood, Health and Safety Services and International Services.The American Red Cross is a $3 Billion dollar organization with 17,000+ employees across the United States. Thousands of volunteers work to assist with disaster relief, blood drives, safety courses, support of Armed Forces, etc. The Red Cross is always looking for people with diverse backgrounds, talents, and skill levels to contribute to our mission. Annual 3rd party spend for the Red Cross is $1.3B.Job Description and Qualifications Summary:This is a key leadership role for Indirect Category Management within Supply Management at the Red Cross. The ideal candidate has solid Strategic Sourcing & Category Management experience with the Human Resources, Professional and Financial Services spend categories. Candidate competencies should include project management and supplier management (e.g. Supplier Relationship Management/SRM) in order to facilitate development of solid, written Category Strategies endorsed by stakeholders.Focus areas:

  • Category Strategies. Written Category Strategies for assigned categories
  • Improvement. Drives YOY financial improvement and risk mitigation
  • Performance Reporting (e.g. cost savings process, reporting, scorecards, etc.)
  • Professional Development & Training Plan based on Role Competencies
  • Process Improvement to assure mitigation of risk via simpler work processes
  • Sustainability - Lead the program for Supply Management to incorporate the American Red Cross commitment to reduce the impact of climate change by integrating a climate-centric approach through the way we advance our mission, conduct our business as we manage our Supplier relationships.
  • Best Practices & Benchmarking to improve performance based on facts
  • Benchmarking (e.g. across industry benchmarks, best practices, etc.)
  • Market Analysis (e.g. what are others doing in same categories, etc.)
  • Environmental Scanning. Keeps abreast of market intelligence in categories assigned and incorporates into work plans as appropriateThis is a critical role that has significant impact on Supply Management's ability to deliver in terms of risk mitigation and financial improvement/cost reduction as expected by CFO.Responsibilities and Accountability:Under the direction of the Director of Supply Management:
  • Ambassador of Supply Management for the Lines of Business and Function Leaders
  • Creates and executes written Category Strategies endorsed by stakeholders
  • Facilitates execution of Category Initiatives in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Uses Influence not Command and Control to gain endorsement of proposals and strategies
  • Lead in the development and execution of Category negotiation strategies with suppliers, including, but not limited to, specific targets for pricing, service, quality, intellectual property, liability, and risk
  • Leads complex negotiation with suppliers, develops good agreements with the understanding of win-win outcomes
  • Facilitate and lead Lines of Business reviews
  • Lead strategic supplier business reviews
  • Collaborates and recognizes the best option is the one that is agreed to by all
  • Ensures appropriate stakeholders endorse proposals before implementation
  • Leadership via 'Center-Led' approach. 'Center-Led' as defined by McKinsey
  • Delivers Year-Over-Year (YOY) financial improvement in categories assigned (Target best in class 3-5 X+ ROI on total cost of team salary plus benefits)
  • Highly responsive to all stakeholders
  • Keeps stakeholders regularly informed (e.g. regular check-ins, etc.)
  • Defines roles and responsibilities for each team member or participant
  • Uses stakeholder-centric approach
  • Demonstrates managerial courage by bringing up the 'undiscussables'
  • Exhibits grace under fireOngoing operational responsibilities will include:
  • Maintain and improve methods to identify and communicate marketplace expertise, including market analysis, supply risk, competitive threats, demand management trends, internal purchasing behavior, and pricing strategies
  • Drive comprehensive analytical approach to measure & interpret category performance and provide qualitative & quantitative assessment to stakeholders
  • Provide process and policy guidance for the Category across Red Cross
  • Generate organizational metrics/scorecard to report on category performanceRequirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Management or related field required
  • Master's degree a plus
  • Professional certification (e.g. C.P.M., CPSM, CIRM, CPIM, etc.) preferred
  • 5+ years procurement experience, 5+ years' experience managing categories and spend within large organization (annual revenue $1+ Billion preferred) with track record
  • Extensive experience with the Human Resources (i.e. Contingent Labor, Recruiting Services, Learning & Development, Background Checks), Professional Services (i.e. Consulting, Corporate Insurance, Translation Services), and Financial Services (i.e. Fintech, Corporate Credit Cards, & Banking) spend categories. Experience with the Corporate Travel spend category is a plus
  • Experience in Lean/Sigma, continuous improvement principles & practicesis a plus
  • Proficiency in Req-to-pay tools, such as Coupa, SAP, Ariba, Oracle, etc.
  • Experience using spend analytics tools, such as SpendHQ, Coupa, Zycus, Jaggaer, etc.
  • Exceptional computer (Microsoft office) skills, advanced knowledge of Excel (Pivot tables and V-lookup functions) and PowerPoint
  • Managerial courage...willing to take a stand, even if unpopular
  • Solid leadership skills that include advanced collaboration and influence skills
  • Strong ability to build relationships across functions and at all leadership levels
  • Ability to aggressively take the lead on implementation of savings opportunities that affect numerous Lines of Business
  • Ability to develop business cases, presentations & stakeholder communications
  • Ability to clearly communicate strategy, plans and issues across the organization
  • Strong financial acumen coupled with a solid understanding of business structures, processes, and information flow in a multi-business unit organization
  • Continuous learner and ability to consider 'The Art of the Possible'
  • Practices learning from '5 Dysfunctions of Team' (Patrick Lencioni)For those candidates located in Colorado and Connecticut, the salary range for this position is: $90,000 - $110,Note that the American Red Cross sets salary ranges aligned to a specific geographic location in which the job or employee resides. The stated salary range in this posting is an average and may not be reflective of your individual circumstances. We will review specific salary information at the time of phone screening based upon your location.The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization that creates a culture of collaboration and team spirit. We offer our employee's a competitive salary, wide range of generous benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with match; paid time off, holidays and floating holidays. Also, we encourage professional development and provide growth opportunities. To be considered for this position, please visit to apply.*LI-JG1Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Interested in Volunteering?Life's emergencies don't stop, and neither do American Red Cross volunteers, who represent more than 90 percent of our workforce to help prevent and alleviate human suffering. You can make a difference by volunteering in a position that appeals to you and allows you to use your unique skills and talents. The Red Cross relies on generous volunteers who give their time and talent to help fulfill our lifesaving mission.Visit to learn more, including our most-needed volunteer positions.To view the EEOC Summary of Rights, click here: Summary of Rights

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