Strategic Category Manager

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Job Description

Global Supply Management (GSM) is responsible for helping American Express maximize its purchasing power.  The Category Manager’s role is to develop and grow relationships with mid- to senior-level business unit leaders, gain context of their goals, issues and opportunities, and develop strategic category plans to effectively manage over $2B in third party Technology spend.  

 
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop strategic and forward-thinking global category plans, inclusive of short-, medium-, and long-term business unit goals and objectives, industry insights and trends, comprehensive supplier assessments for key commodities, internal and external relationship management plans, etc.
  • Develop and grow strong relationships with business and Tech partners, internal stakeholders and key colleagues across the end-to-end procurement process
  • Act as the primary relationship lead for select business units
  • Leverage relationships to influence requirements, shape demand, and advise business leaders how to capture the most value from supplier relations
  • Build strong partnerships with select strategic suppliers and manage them effectively
  • Develops sourcing and negotiations strategies and build internal consensus from an enterprise perspective
  • Monitor total spend across the business to leverage global spend where applicable
  • Support RFI/RFP/RFQ, supplier selection, and negotiation process for strategic suppliers
  • Drive and deliver cost savings opportunities to improve profitability and achieve best total cost of ownership
  • Ability to travel up to 10% as needed

Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions. 

Qualifications

Qualifications:

  • B.S. / B. A. is required, M.B.A. is preferred
  • Five or more years of relevant procurement, category management and/or sourcing experience is required with specific focus on “big picture” strategies in support of Enterprise level business goals
  • Deep understanding of the Enterprise opportunities and the broader business issues within Technology
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Outstanding relationship management skills and demonstrated ability to become a true business partner and trusted advisor
  • Executive presence and ability to work with colleagues and suppliers at all levels
  • Strong project management discipline, and experience managing complex projects from ideation through to execution is required
  • Ability to manage day-to-day business priorities along with long-term strategic deliverables
  • Experience working on cross-functional and/or global teams and ability to demonstrate a collaborative mindset
  • Passion for using analytics to develop insights and recommendations, solve business challenges, improve the customer experience, and drive bottom line results
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, and ability to prepare executive level analysis and presentations is a must
  • Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to deal with ambiguity and rapid change



ReqID: 19016677
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Sep 11, 2019, 8:00:38 PM