Sr. Category Manager, Corporate Professional Services
Company: Aspen Dental
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (ADMI) is one of the largest and most
trusted retail healthcare business support organizations in the
U.S., supporting 15,000 healthcare professionals and team members
at more than 1,000 health and wellness offices across 46 states in
three distinct categories: Dental care, urgent care, and medical
aesthetics. Working in partnership with independent practice owners
and clinicians, the team is united by a single purpose: to prove
that healthcare can be better and smarter for everyone. ADMI
provides a comprehensive suite of centralized business support
services that power the impact of four consumer-facing businesses:
Aspen Dental, ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, WellNow Urgent
Care and Chapter Aesthetic Studio. Each brand has access to a deep
community of experts, tools and resources to grow their practices,
and an unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality consumer
healthcare experiences at scale.
At ADMI, we recognize that effectively managing our supply base is
integral in our ability to deliver innovative and effective
services to the practices that we support across our network. The
Sr. Category Manager of Corporate Professional Services will
oversee all sourcing related activities and processes associated
with the acquisition of services, in spend areas that include:
Corporate Travel, Financial Services, Professional Services,
Consulting, Temporary Labor, and Human Resources. Sourcing related
activities include requirements gathering, identifying sources,
creating and issuing Requests for Proposal (RFP), proposal
evaluation, contract negotiations, contract drafting, contract
administration, spend analytics, and ongoing vendor relationship
management. This position will be functionally responsible for
ensuring compliance with company procurement policies, ethical and
legal business practices, and lowest total cost of ownership
- Align and collaborate with business executives of functional
areas to understand business strategy and develop strategic
sourcing strategies to drive optimal value in the purchase of goods
- Lead and support contract negotiations with key suppliers to
improve cost, quality, delivery, diversity, and safety in the
- Lead and coach internal business partners and team members on
the sourcing process. Sourcing Process includes gathering
requirements, market analysis, identifying sources, RF(x)
management, proposal evaluation, negotiations, contract creation,
contract management, spend analysis, and long term category
- Lead cross-functional teams comprised of business managers,
legal, risk management, information security, and other impacted
organizations to coordinate company sourcing activities. The
candidate will need to build and analyze financial models to
evaluate proposal scenarios and present recommendations in a clear
and concise format.
- Provide regular communication to Business and Supply Chain
leadership on project status, contract renewals, category
performance, and various initiatives.
Minimum Education and Experience
- Must have a thorough understanding of contracting principles
and contract structure, with competencies in the areas of corporate
professional services and related areas.
- Must have strong leadership and team building skills to
integrate and motivate people from different organizations to work
together in achieving process objectives and project
- Must be adept at communicating with vendors and internal
business partners to establish and maintain credibility for the
sourcing function, while increasing service to our internal
business partners - improving the quality and performance levels of
the supply base to achieve the lowest total cost to the
- Skilled in negotiating, renegotiating, and administering
contracts with suppliers and vendors such that the best interest of
the Company is paramount. Must be capable and experienced in
negotiating large scale, enterprise wide supplier
- Ability to develop, coordinate and control multiple process and
or projects, achieving on-time contracting services to satisfy the
operating requirements of the Company.
- Ability to create and maintain documentation, in adherence with
policy, to meet internal and external audit requirements.
- Demonstrates excellent oral communication skills to convey
technical information to both internal and external sources,
including non-technical audiences.
- Must have excellent written communication skills to effectively
and accurately convey detailed and complex information regarding
contract specifications, policies and procedures to
consultants/contractors and internal clients.
- Must have experience in effectively establishing procurement
strategy and decision criteria and in bringing decisions to closure
while demonstrating business acumen and good judgment.
- Computer skills should include proficiency in MS Office
including: Word, Excel and Power Point. Experience working with
E-Sourcing Platforms, and Access or other database tools.
- Must be able to maintain a high level of customer service in a
work environment of numerous competing demands.
- Able to comfortably interface with all levels of Management,
inside & outside the organization
Educational & Experience Requirements: The successful candidate
should have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Supply
Chain, Accounting or Engineering. MBA or equivalent background is
preferred. Professional purchasing certification or Lean Six-Sigma
is desirable. Solid background in supply chain management,
procurement, or project management with an emphasis on strategic
sourcing with 7+ years of related experience. Demonstrated
experience sourcing materials and services for major projects in a
fast paced environment.
Team Overview:The ADMI Supply Chain Teamhas an overall objective to
align with business partners to improve profitability and
performance by maximizing the value of our purchased goods and
services. This will assure continuous improvement in the cost
effectiveness and value of services delivered, ultimately improving
customer satisfaction, company financial performance, and the
overall strategic position of ADMI. Strategic sourcing leadssupport
theorganization by managing the sourcing process, including Request
for Proposals (RFPs), contractnegotiations, supplier management,
and overall supplier performance. The position will report to the
Senior Director of Indirect Procurement.
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