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Category Manager I

Company: US Cellular
Location: Chicago
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Job Description:

Category Manager I - FIN001231

The position is responsible for executing sourcing strategies for assigned categories to drive cost savings and ensure the Company is making informed, best value purchasing decisions. Responsible for performing analyses, leading the process for requesting supplier information, proposals and quotes ("RFx"), negotiating purchasing agreements, communicating opportunities, building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and achieving cost savings goals.


  • Have a good understanding of functions within Supply Chain, Sourcing, Procurement and Supplier Diversity.
  • Gain a thorough knowledge of products & services in category space, supplier's processes and industry trends and practices.
  • Meet cost savings targets.
  • Perform moderate analyses of category, spend, financial and industry data to Identify sourcing and cost savings opportunities.
  • Actively seek opportunities to streamline business processes, reduce costs, mitigate risk, and add value to the organization through the strategic sourcing process.
  • Identify and develop cost reduction opportunities by collaborating with clients and stakeholders.
  • Communicate and present sourcing opportunities to build internal support among clients and stakeholders.
  • Identify and address purchasing/contracting needs of internal clients.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal clients and key stakeholders, such as Operations, Legal, Accounting and Finance.
  • Lead cross-functional sourcing teams, prepare RFx's, develop RFx scoring models, perform vendor analysis, develop SLA's and manage sourcing projects.
  • Negotiate mutually beneficial purchasing agreements.
  • Establish and maintain supplier relationships.
  • Communicate and present sourcing opportunities to build internal support among clients and stakeholders.
  • Maintain telecommunications industry and professional sourcing & supply knowledge and stay up-to-date on industry trends.

Job Requirements:

  • 0-3 years of sourcing or procurement experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of supply chain, category management, strategic sourcing, negotiations or contracting concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead projects and achieve project goals
  • Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities through data and financial analysis, risk assessments and process reviews
  • Knowledge of ERP systems, particularly SAP, Contract Management and E-Sourcing Systems
  • Knowledge of the telecommunications or wireless industry is beneficial
  • Proficiency with Windows and MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Strong analytical, project management, communication (written and verbal)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain or related field
  • CPSM, PMP or Six Sigma certification

Job : Finance

Location(s) : Illinois-CHICAGO_IL

U.S. CellularĀ® is an EEO employer and gives consideration to qualified applicants without regard to race/color/age/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/veteran status, pregnancy or genetic information.

Keywords: US Cellular, Chicago , Category Manager I, Other , Chicago, Illinois

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