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Sr. Category Manager, Corporate Professional Services

Company: Aspen Dental
Location: Chicago
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Position Summary
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 procurement.
Responsibilities


  • 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 and services.
  • Lead and support contract negotiations with key suppliers to improve cost, quality, delivery, diversity, and safety in the supply base.
  • 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 planning.
  • 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 goals.
    • 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 Company.
    • 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 agreements.
    • 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.

Keywords: Aspen Dental, Chicago , Sr. Category Manager, Corporate Professional Services, Executive , Chicago, Illinois

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