Robert Half Technology Category Manager in Chicago, Illinois

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Req ID: 04860-9500769149

Functional Role: Project Leader/Manager

Country: USA

State: IL

City: Chicago

Postal Code: 60607

Compensation: DOE

Requirements: Contract to Hire SUMMARY: This position is responsible for developing procurement programs and strategies for multiple categories in the Information Technology space (including cloud, infrastructure , security, on-prem software, hardware, and consulting services), with a focus on balancing superior service to IT functional clients with maximized value for the company of items purchased. Key competency expectations: Procurement

  • Understands deeply and can utilize most procurement processes, tools, and systems

  • Requires limited guidance Negotiations

  • Applies negotiation techniques and tools in most situations

  • Requires limited guidance Category Knowledge

  • Understands deeply and can utilize most category management processes and tools

  • Develops sourcing plans and strategies

  • Requires limited guidance Financial Knowledge

  • Comprehends and draws insights from most financial data, statements, and models

  • Requires limited guidance Contractual

  • Executes complex contracts in accordance with policies and processes

  • Requires limited guidance Risk Management

  • Rigorously identifies, prioritizes, mitigates, and monitors risks Customer Relations

  • Works well with multiple customers

  • Develops and applies a well-defined, thorough approach to customer relationship management independently Supplier Relations

  • Works well with multiple suppliers

  • Develops and executes against a robust supplier relationship strategy independently Project Management

  • Deep knowledge and experience with project management processes and tools

  • Ability to manage complex projects independently Financial Analysis

  • Assesses the viability, stability, and profitability of complex initiatives / projects

  • Requires limited guidance Communication

  • Writes effective business communications independently and adjusts style for intended audience

  • Effectively presents own work in both informal and formal settings Category Expertise

  • Possesses a general understanding of category dynamics and drivers with deep expertise in multiple areas Advanced Analytics

  • Assesses data accuracy, validity, and integrity

  • Understands or performs most advanced statistical analysis Process Excellence

  • Participates as a Six Sigma project team member

  • Reviews process improvements for projects Professional Development

  • Effectively manages and leads employees

  • Sought after by peers and junior employees for coaching; recognized as a people developer an emerging leader

  • Active and effective mentor REQUIREMENTS: Education: Bachelor's degree; agriculture business, animal science, business administration, economics, or engineering preferred. Experience: 7 – 10 years of experience in related field; strong technical and operational knowledge of manufacturing processes; familiarity with business and contract law as applied to supplier relationships required; Animal science/husbandry experience will enhance position effectiveness. Exposure to global sourcing is a plus. Computer Skills: Standard computer skills; experience in spreadsheet, database and statistical analysis are necessary. Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills; formal presentations are required.