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Category Lead - Engineering, Procurement & Construction Management (Open to Remote)

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Job ID 152474 Date posted 10/12/2021 Location : Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota | Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Job Purpose and Impact

The Catgegory Lead - Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management will serve as a domain specialist for the department developing procurement strategies to optimize cost, rationalize the supply base and bring value to the corporation while mitigating risk. In this role you will develop new techniques and standards to maximize profitability for a category of Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management and Construction Services by identifying strategic category opportunities, developing an overall category management framework and leading execution by the buyers located around the world. You will be charged with solving complex problems taking a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and maintain category expertise, cultivate positive relationships with external and internal stakeholders, including industry partners, suppliers and business stakeholders.
  • Lead and implement category management strategies for defined Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management and Construction Categories in alignment with global and regional dynamic business needs.
  • Lead major negotiations and workshops with our suppliers.
  • Lead the communication of category management vision and objectives internally and externally by engaging senior stakeholders for alignment.
  • Coach our buying teams in delivering coherent and successful action plan.
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Develop solutions to complex problems in procurement strategies which requires the regular use of ingenuity and innovation while ensuring solution are consistent with organization objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum four years of related work experience
  • Experience implementing supplier management programs with key suppliers including metrics, performance goals and improvement initiatives
  • Experience leading regional projects
  • Experience with financial, mathematical and analytical modeling

Preferred Qualifications

  • Six years experience in supply chain or procurement.
  • Master's degree or other post-secondary degree or an MBA
  • Strong experience in developing and deploying contracting strategies and compensation approaches with strong knowledge of construction contract terms
  • Experience leading regional and global category programs
  • Experience driving supplier relationship management programs that deliver value for the organization
  • Experience building relationships with key business partners and undertand global competitive dynamics of categories
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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