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Reporting to the Director, Global Vendor Management, the role of the Category Manager is responsible for overall management of a specific category of spend within the Procurement organization.
The Category Manager holds in-depth industry knowledge of market trends, vendor landscapes, and product roadmaps. The Category Manager works in partnership with key Finastra stakeholders to build strategic forward looking Category Plans, active monitoring of performance, risk management, and relationship management of vendors.
The Category Manager also owns the overall relationship with vendors in their category, and they work closely with key stakeholders managing the day-
to-day operational vendor relationship.
Job Description / Responsibilities
Remain current with market & industry trends through relationships with vendors as well as market research
Stay current on the changing vendor & product landscape (market leaders, emerging technologies, etc..)
Develop, champion, and ensure implementation of ideas that will optimize TCO year-over-year
Ensure vendor performance monitoring practices are in place for key vendors
Constantly monitor and manage risks with material vendor relationships
Work in partnership with vendor relationship owners within Finastra to monitor contract compliance
Work with Strategic Sourcing and Operational Purchasing teams to streamline and improve Procurement processes to meet internal customer standards for quality and timeliness
Develop and implement Category Plans on an annual basis
Establish strategic relationships with Finastra Leaders and vendors to ensure successful implementation and support of Category Plans
Through effective communication and relationship management, move transactional vendor relationships to truly strategic partnerships based on trust, robust contractual agreements, and clear roles and responsibilities for all involved
Skills, Knowledge & Experience
Minimum 5 years progressive experience in Strategic Sourcing or Vendor Management
University Degree or equivalent work experience; PMAC or equivalent certification would be an asset
In-depth knowledge of the applicable spend category (vendors, technology, products, market trends)
Experience in leading and developing teams would be considered an asset
In-depth experience with contract language and experience in drafting contracts, liaising with Legal, and negotiating contract terms and conditions while both delivering results and maintaining internal and external relationships
Experience in presenting to senior levels in the organization
Building relationships and collaborating with internal stakeholders to promote Procurement within the organization to instill best practices
Experience in strategizing and leading complex vendor negotiations
Skills & Knowledge
Ability to strategize and lead complex vendor negotiations that support the business strategy
Ability to effectively strategize, develop and manage vendor contracts to optimize costs and ensure vendor / supplier performance
Manage and develop vendor relationships; leverage vendors as a source of innovation and growth
Ability to promote a positive and collaborative work environment and team spirit in the department
Excellent communicator of procurement project / initiative findings and able to effectively present final recommendations (written and verbal) to all levels of management
Ability to be ambitious and think ahead, identify the critical path, apply project management methodology, and achieve results through others
Solid analytical skills with the ability to navigate ambiguity, make recommendations and present them in a concise and logical way
Customer service mindset; solid interpersonal skills and integrity
Ability to communicate clearly, to the point, and with conviction
Demonstrated drive for results and sense of urgency
Comfortable under stress and change management
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to disability please contact us at 800-274-7280.
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