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Category Manager - Strategic Sourcing

Company Name:
IDEXX
## Description
Manage sourcing initiatives for specific functional/operational areas or specific spend categories. To continuously deliver value-added category management activities which include strategic sourcing, client stakeholder management, supplier performance management, supply market monitoring, continuous improvement and ongoing cost reductions, supplier review and issue resolution.
This position requires strong leadership skills and sourcing experience. Candidates for this position should have a demonstrated track record of developing and advancing category sourcing strategies that support key business objectives / priorities and result in significant cost savings and process improvements across a range of major spend categories. Position requires specific experience leading structured sourcing efforts for a wide range of categories, with a specific focus on HR, Technology, Legal, and Facilities sourcing initiatives.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead, manage and execute supply management programs for assigned categories. Prepare strategic category plans and effectively manage the strategic sourcing process, including the development of Request for Quotes (RFQs) and Request for Proposals (RFPs).
Work collaboratively with internal clients and stakeholders to quantify requirements, timing and scope to fully manage supply chain strategies in assigned categories.
Conduct spend analyses across multiple spend categories
Investigate, analyze, and forecast developments in the markets and/or industries of assigned categories to ascertain market conditions, price trends, innovations, production methods and processes.
Develop sourcing strategies which maximize value and reduce or optimize risk for the internal client and IDEXX. Sourcing strategies will account for supply management, demand management and process efficiency and optimization for a given category.
Lead an objective, transparent and collaborative cross- functional evaluation of supplier's capabilities based on qualitative and quantitative value drivers such as total cost of ownership, quality, service, innovation and performance. Recommend contract award decisions based on the realization of the sourcing team strategy and objectives.
Lead negotiation strategy development and execution in partnership with select stakeholders and business partners. Negotiate contract terms for master agreements, schedules and amendments in accordance with approved IDEXX, Procurement and Legal policies and procedures.
Implement and oversee supplier on-boarding and ongoing management processes for select suppliers. Actively manage select supply relationships to realize maximum value for an optimized risk structure.
Ensure manager remains informed or knowledgeable of those strategies/processes that have proven to be successful as well as suppliers that have met or exceeded IDEXX sourcing goals/standards.
Manage meetings and participant communications to effectively drive decisions and action items. May oversee project managers to support initiatives involving procurement, price negotiation, and supplier sourcing strategies. May lead, develop and oversee projects and department financials.
May mentor, train and coach others.
May manage staff, assign work, monitor activities, evaluate performance and manage escalated/critical issues. Administer employment actions, provide coaching and guidance to staff and promote staff training and development. Support the development and management of department policies and procedures.
## Qualifications
EDUCATION :
Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Business or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and related experience in a manufacturing or new product design/development capacity
Member of ISM (formerly NAPM) with a C.P.M. or A.P.I.C.S. C.P.M. certification preferred
EXPERIENCE :
5+ years in Strategic Sourcing, new product development, or category or commodity management.
5+ years experience working in high-volume medical device/biochemical manufacturing industry preferred.
Training and/or experience with lean and six sigma practices; black belt a plus or preferred
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES :
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written; ability to communicate and present technical information to all levels of the organization and to supplier companies
Demonstrated ability to facilitate and manage meetings
Demonstrated strategic sourcing / negotiation skills and techniques, knowledge in contract negotiation strategies, administration of contracts and confidentiality disclosures
Demonstrated ability to negotiate with, influence, and facilitate cross-functional teams involving multiple competing tasks and goals
Strong knowledge and understanding of business needs with the ability to establish and maintain a high level of customer trust and confidence
Strong background in strategic sourcing, supply chain management programs, and the ability to assess supplier capability
Strong project management skills; demonstrated ability to lead projects and/or teams
Ability to develop and deliver large-scope projects
Ability to analyze data in order to summarize and recommend action plans/strategies
Ability to read and analyze complex drawings/documents, governmental regulations, technical procedures in mathematical or diagram form, and financial statements
Proficient in SAP APO, MRP, data base management and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
Experience with enterprise-wide systems (i.e. SAP, LiveLink, etc.)
Knowledge of GMP or ISO 9001:2000 requirements preferred
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Some International and North American travel may be required
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for livestock and poultry and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 5,900 people and offers products to customers in over 100 countries.
IDEXX attracts, rewards and inspires exceptionally talented and motivated people who are eager to participate in two of the most important technological revolutions of our time--biotechnology and information technology.
We offer outstanding opportunities for personal growth and success, and support excellence, world-class standards, and continuous improvement.
At IDEXX , we reward leadership initiative and excellence. Benefits include:
Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
401(k) Plan
Vacation Time
Sick Days
Paid Holidays
Life Insurance/AD&D;
Dependent Life Insurance
Short- and Long-Term Disability Programs
Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent)
Employee Referral Award Program
Employee Assistance Program
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Personal Growth Leave
Bonus Plan
If you are looking for a challenging work environment that unleashes creativity and energy, is refreshingly honest and comfortably casual, and offers opportunities for unmatched personal growth, we want to hear from you!
About the area: Portland, Maine recently ranked number 6 on Forbes magazine's list of America's Best Cities for Young Professionals, was ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the best places to raise kids, was listed by as one of America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods, was named the Foodiest city in the US by Bonapppetit magazine, was ranked by as having one of the healthiest and most affordable housing markets, and has recently been nominated for "Best Town Ever" by Outside Magazine. The magazine chooses its top 10 places to live based on a balance of great culture, breathtaking scenery, reasonable home prices, low-stress living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors.
No unsolicited Employment Agency resumes are accepted.
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Job: Supply Chain
Primary Location: Americas-United States-Maine-Westbrook ME
Organization: Indirect Procurement and Travel - 30001747
Schedule: Full-time
Overtime Status: Exempt
Job Posting: Jun 11, 2014, 9:13:48 AM
Req ID: 10120049-20140609

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