Senior Category Manager - Supplies

$50 - $60 hourly

Job Category:Supply Chain

Position Type:Contract / Temporary

Work Model:In Office

Location:Hinckley , Ohio  [In Office]

Job ID:122300

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Job Description
Our client, a leading player in the distribution of education supplies, is hiring a key leadership role within their procurement department. If you bring previous experience within Strategic Sourcing for a variety of office supplies and materials, this may be the opportunity for you! This company is motivated to deliver top-quality products to customers nationwide and expand their partnerships within the industry. 

As the Senior Category Manager - Supplies specializing in school supplies and accessories, you will be responsible for developing and executing sourcing strategies to optimize the procurement process and ensure the availability of high-quality supplies for our organization. This role requires strong analytical, negotiation and leadership skills to drive cost savings, supplier relationship management and operational excellence.

Senior Category Manager - Supplies Responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement comprehensive sourcing strategies for school supplies and accessories, aligned with the organization's objectives, quality standards and budgetary requirements
  • Conduct market research and analysis to identify potential suppliers, evaluate their capabilities and negotiate favorable terms and conditions to achieve cost savings and improved service levels
  • Lead supplier selection processes, including pre-qualification, Request for Proposal (RFP) development, bid evaluation and supplier negotiations
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including stakeholders from various departments (e.g., education, administration), to understand their requirements and incorporate them into sourcing strategies
  • Evaluate supplier performance on an ongoing basis, monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) and implement corrective actions to ensure compliance with contractual agreements and service level expectations
  • Foster strong relationships with suppliers, conducting supplier audits, facilitating business reviews and resolving any issues or disputes that may arise
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives, such as supplier consolidation, cost reduction programs and process optimization, to enhance operational efficiency and drive sustainable savings
  • Stay updated on industry trends, emerging technologies and market dynamics related to school supplies and accessories, and leverage this knowledge to develop innovative sourcing strategies
  • Develop and maintain key metrics and reporting mechanisms to track savings, supplier performance and overall procurement effectiveness

Senior Category Manager - Supplies Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, supply chain management or a related field; MBA or equivalent advanced degree is a plus
  • Minimum of 5 years of proven experience as a Strategic Sourcing Manager or similar role, specifically within the school supplies, office supplies, stationary, clothing, merchandise or education equipment is REQUIRED
  • In-depth knowledge of strategic sourcing methodologies, procurement best practices, and supplier management principles
  • Strong analytical and financial acumen, with the ability to analyze complex data sets and develop actionable insights
  • Excellent negotiation and contract management skills, with a track record of achieving significant cost savings and driving supplier performance improvements
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships with suppliers, stakeholders and internal teams
  • Proficiency in using procurement software and technology platforms
  • Strong leadership and project management skills, with the ability to lead cross-functional teams and drive change initiatives
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and the capacity to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Understanding of sustainability and ethical sourcing practices is desirable

Regardless of location, this company is looking to hire a skilled individual within the industry, and open to remote work with travel. If you are ready to take the next step in your career and join this growing organization as their next Senior Category Manager of Supplies, please submit your resume and apply today!

Thank you,

Hannah Hart 
Unit Manger, Supply Chain
LaSalle Network

LaSalle Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer m/f/d/v.

LaSalle Network is the leading provider of direct hire and temporary staffing services. For over two decades, LaSalle has helped organizations hire faster and connect top talent with opportunities, from entry-level positions to the C-suite. With units specializing in Accounting and Finance, Administrative, Marketing, Technology, Supply chain, Healthcare Revenue Cycle, Call Center, Human Resources and Executive Search. LaSalle offers staffing and recruiting solutions to companies of all sizes and across all industries. LaSalle Network is the premier staffing and recruiting firm, earning over 100 culture, revenue and industry-based awards from major publications and having its company experts regularly contribute insights on retention strategies, hiring trends and hiring challenges, and more to national news outlets.