Job Summary The purpose of the Category Manager is to manage the supply base for a category or categories within All Star Purchasing and serve as the subject matter expert in developing new business opportunities with suppliers that provide value for member companies.
Essential Functions 1. Manages supplier contracts, negotiations, and relationships to ensure overall competitiveness of spend category. 2. Manages member requests to suppliers from Business Development Managers ensuring all requests are brought to completion. 3. Manages day-to-day supplier opportunities including resolution of major invoicing/customer service issues. 4. Leads business development efforts with suppliers including marketing campaigns, member communications, line extension opportunities, and overall cost improvement opportunities. 5. Monitors current industry trends and cost drivers to ensure our program offerings are meeting member’s needs and best in class. 6. Works closely with members and Business Development to understand future needs. 7. Analyzes Purchasing Assessment data and determine a strategy. 8. Reviews performance against goals and prepares various updates for the Vice President of Purchasing.
Other: Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education: A bachelor’s degree in a business-related field is preferred.
Certifications and Trainings: Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or pursuing a CPSM certification is required.
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of purchasing or supply chain experience or 10+ years of business experience is required.
Physical Requirements This position is required to sit for extended periods of time, stand and walk for extended periods of time, and operate a vehicle.
Availability and Travel This position must be available for nights and weekends in addition to normal business hours, able to respond to calls in emergency situations, and able to travel for multiple days at a time.
All Star Purchasing is a group purchasing organization (GPO), where we combine the purchases of all our members to provide them with savings beyond what they could get on their own. Our team works as an extension of each company’s purchasing department, saving organizations time and money through our in-depth market intelligence, first-hand industry knowledge, and competitive purchasing programs.
All Star places a high value on the employees’ work environment. All Star offers highly competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, a Health Savings Account and an outstanding 401(k) employer contribution. Employees are also able to work one day remotely a week after completing their introductory period. Additional benefits to working at All Star include memberships to AAA, TSA Pre-Check, Costco/Sam’s Club, casual dress code, monthly celebrations/team building, and more.