Category Manager

  • Job ID:

  • Pay rate range:

    $58 - $70
  • City:

    Downers Grove
  • State:

  • Duration:

    03/31/2023 - 07/31/2023
  • Job Type:

    Contract to Hire
  • Job Description

    Enterprise Transformation IT Category Manager

    Pay: $58-70 (W2)

    Start Date: 4/1/2023

    Contract Length:  4+ Month renewable contact OR contract-to-hire

    Our large Public Accounting client is looking for an IT category manager to lead commercial discussions and negotiations for goods/services provided by the firm's technology vendors and to support potential leave for the current category manager.

    The IT Category Manager will be responsible for sourcing strategic services by identifying the most relevant and competitive acceptable supply sources, facilitating and coordinating the RFx process, and working with legal to negotiate and finalize agreements. Working with the business stakeholders, the IT Category Manager will establish best-in-class procurement practices when third-party IT products and services are negotiated and contracted. The ideal candidate will have deep domain expertise with Enterprise Licensing Agreements, renewals, and true-ups. The candidate will have demonstrated knowledge in at least several technology stacks, including application development and support, infrastructure, telecom, MSPs, and operations. SAP Ariba experience is a plus.

    This is a contract role that can convert to full-time employment with the client.  The position is 100% REMOTE.


    • Ensure all business, functional, and technical requirements for all goods or services are properly vetted, market-ready, and commercially executed.
    • Provide expert strategic sourcing support and leadership for all aspects of procurement projects with a specific focus on technology products and services.
    • Achieve savings by improving internal processes and procedures, implementing supply chain efficiencies, understanding and reducing total cost of ownership, and balancing the overall cost, quality, and effectiveness of purchased IT products and services.
    • Provide market insight, benchmarking, and commodity expertise to the firm for decision-making.
    • Generate annual IT category plans which incorporate sourcing project waves to meet business goals and technology savings objectives.
    • Support and/or lead the analysis, selection, implementation, management and use of process automation, including eProcurement, Contract Lifecycle Management and eSourcing as applicable to add efficiencies, increase effectiveness, and contain costs for the firm’s expenditures.
    • Coordinate with business stakeholders to ensure supplier sourcing strategies are aligned with enterprise goals and objectives.
    • Evaluate, analyze, and score supplier proposals with stakeholders and recommend a strategic path forward.
    • Review contracts with technology SMEs, business stakeholders, and legal while ensuring proper contract terminology.
    • Develop service provider evaluation metrics to allow for fair and equitable scoring of suppliers.
    • Leverage Ariba, ADO, and Power BI for processing transactions, analysis, and tracking of work
    • Negotiate contracts expiring on an annual basis and new deals/supplier deals


    • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Strategic Sourcing/Procurement, Technology, or equivalent business experience.
    • Minimum of 8-10 years of experience in working in technology-based strategic sourcing / IT supplier management.
    • Proven abilities and experience in technology, services procurement, and contract negotiations.
    • Expert and demonstrable knowledge of sourcing and procurement best practices and issues.
    • Ability to simultaneously and efficiently manage and communicate multiple changing priorities with a variety of stakeholders.
    • Proven ability to lead all phases of the acquisition process for high dollar, high impact procurement projects.
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication, including proven ability to comfortably interact with all levels of leadership, including one-on-one interaction with CIO, CFO, and firm partners.
    • Must possess analytical and technical skills required to understand business practices and recommend automation opportunities.
    • A highly motivated self-starter with the ability to plan, create and execute own ideas.
    • Awareness of benchmarking tools/options (Gartner//ISM, etc.) to support best practices and supplier recommendations
    • Experience in applying risk management within procurement.
    • Expert knowledge of supplier evaluation and contract design and legal elements.
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
    • Ability to both manage and prioritize fluctuation of work levels to achieve results



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