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Category Manager
Minneapolis, Minnesota  |  Onsite
Contract Position
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Applied on July 1, 2022
Job Id #53545 Posted January 21, 2022

Position Summary
  • Drives category strategy working with the business for multiple complex, high business impact categories.
  • Responsible for the development and effective execution of sourcing strategy for critical categories.
  • Plans for and leads competitive sourcing events and other activities in support of category strategies.
  • Develops effective negotiation strategies and conducts negotiations with their category suppliers to achieve category and business objectives.
  • Manages risk mitigation efforts and oversees on-going monitoring activities. Forms and executes contracts with critical suppliers.
  • Mentors, coaches and oversees development of Associate Category Managers.
Essential Responsibilities
  • Leads the development and implementation of category strategy to optimize cost and improve operations.
  • Applies best practice approaches to multiple critical categories. In conjunction with logistics personnel, implements optimal inventory strategies.
  • Conducts analyses of supply, demand, market, commodity, supplier, contract and “should cost” modeling to determine category strategies Monitors industry information and trends, and supplier risk profiles, to keep category strategy current while supporting business requirements.
  • Develops complex sourcing events and qualifies, evaluates and selects suppliers for targeted categories of spend
  • Leads multiple tier I supplier relationship management efforts focused on improving total cost of ownership, quality, delivery and continuous improvement.
  • Develops plans with suppliers that support business goals and strategies, and drive continuous improvement and collaboration to bring value to both the company and the supplier.
  • Develops performance-based scorecards and monitors, documents and evaluates supplier performance Leads the resolution of disputes with suppliers.
  • Leads negotiations to establish contracts that support category strategies while meeting business area requirements.
  • Reviews, analyzes, verifies and negotiates contract changes or additional work orders.
  • Manage contractor claims to resolution and successfully minimize overall impact to cost and schedule.
  • Ensures suppliers comply with contract terms and meet all commitments.
  • Applies understanding of underlying principles of contract law to administer all category contract agreements. In collaboration with business area management, manages and defines the risk elements of the contract and assembles all necessary documentation for obtaining insurance..
  • Limits Company's liability by ensuring all required documents and notices have been obtained and are satisfactory.
  • Creates and manages a project plan for the implementation of category strategy. Interacts with business leadership to integrate the sourcing and business project plans.
  • Manages the completion of supplier, business and supply chain continuous improvement efforts.
  • Creates and manages a project plan for the implementation of category strategy. Interacts with business leadership to integrate the sourcing and business project plans. Manages the completion of supplier, business and supply chain continuous improvement efforts.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Project Management, Business, Finance or related field or equivalent experience required.
  • 5 years sourcing, purchasing or logistics experience.
  • Two years plus contract formation knowledge and experience, negotiation and project management skills preferred.
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft® Office suite and significant experience with purchasing and sourcing systems is required.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills. Strong interpersonal and relationship skills are required. Frequently required to attend meeting

Horizontal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We seek to provide employment opportunities to talented, qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex/gender including gender identity and/or expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.

In addition, Horizontal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application or interview process, please contact

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