Expert Category Leader

San Francisco, CA 94105

Posted: 07/21/2019 Job Number: 13407
Blackstone Technology Group, an award-winning technology consulting and talent agency is seeking a Expert Category Leader to join our team at our client s site in San Francisco, California.


Conducts and documents market research and supplier risk analysis to verify the financial health of existing and potential suppliers

Creates and maintains category plans.

Develops and review performance data with suppliers. Works with suppliers to drive ongoing value discovery.

Develops and sustains mutually beneficial strategic relationships with tier 1 and 2 suppliers.

Leads cross-functional team through strategic sourcing process and development/execution of negotiation strategies for mid-complexity spend categories

Leads the development of category strategies of medium complexity

Maintains awareness of industry and market trends through ongoing research

Subject matter expert for particular commodities or services

Skills: Develops and manages one or more sourcing spend categories and manages all Tier 1 contracts associated with the category(ies). Develops strategic category plans to optimize cost savings, service excellence, diversity spend and total cost of ownership for the categories. Effectively influences LOBs, including senior leadership, to achieve understanding, acceptance, and commitment of sourcing strategies. Works with Line of Business (LOB) to develop, source and negotiate major contracts. Plays a key role in Supplier Relationship Management / Scorecard process.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and (Technical) Competencies Desired

Ability to analyze and combine information from different sources and use logic to reach appropriate conclusions as needed to perform at the job level

Ability to apply contract processes and procedures and relevant contracts and licensing - for example ESC, IBEW, tort, contract law - as needed to perform at the job level Ability to work independently with limited oversight

Knowledge of Microsoft Office Products - for example Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access - as needed to perform at the job level

Competency in relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people Competency in building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives

Competency in building

Education Minimum

Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience

Education Desired

Masters Degree in Business Administration or job-related discipline or equivalent experience

License/Certification Desired

ISM-Institute for Supply Management CPSM-Certified Professional in Supply Management certification

LSS-Lean Six Sigma Certification Experience Minimum

Experience in supply chain, or related, 7 years Experience Desired

Experience in contract management

Experience in strategic sourcing, 8 years

Experience in procurement, or related, 8 years

strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals

Knowledge of the technical/functional aspects of the trade, occupation, or role as needed to perform at the job level

Ability to apply project management theories, concepts, methods, best practices, and techniques as needed to perform at the job level

Knowledge of database and information systems - for example SCADA, EMS, OMT, OIS, SAP, ERP,

COSO, Teradata, COBIT, QuestionMark - as needed to perform at the job level

Blackstone is a global IT services and solutions firm that implements digital transformation solutions across commercial industry verticals and the US Federal Government. Blackstone was founded in 1998, and has offices in San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Colorado Springs, and Washington, DC. We specialize in IT staffing and place both technical and creative talent across a variety of industries and sectors.

EOE of Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabilities
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