Principal Category Leader

San Francisco, CA 94105

Posted: 07/21/2019 Employment Type: 6-9 Month Contract Job Category: Other Job Number: 13420
Blackstone Technology Group, an award-winning technology consulting and talent agency is seeking a Principal Category Leader to join our team at our client s site in San Francisco, CA.

Responsibilities:

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 cross-portfolio suppliers.

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

Leads the development of category strategies of high complexity

Maintains awareness of industry and market trends through ongoing research

Sets market trends on particular commodities by working with the industry on best practices.

Subject matter expert for particular commodities or services in the industry.

Works with senior management to support strategic planning and decision-making at the officer level" 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.


Qualifications:

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

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

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

Competency in building

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

Competency in building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives


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, 5 years Experience Desired

Experience in procurement, or related

Utility industry experience

Job-related experience, 5 years



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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