Expert Category Leader
San Francisco, CA 94105
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
Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience
Masters Degree in Business Administration or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
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