The Category Specialist will lead the development, implementation, and ongoing management of category strategies. Above and beyond strategic sourcing activities, the Category Specialist understands external variables, learns the internal landscape of our clients (requirements, organizational structure, and priorities) and develops relationships to successfully develop category strategies that utilize various value levers to deliver improved cost, reduced risk, and more efficient services to our clients.
The Category Specialist will report to the General Manager and Head of Center of Excellence (CoE), Transportation and Logistics.
- Lead negotiations with current and potential suppliers as part of the contract renewal or vendor selection process for with a Category spend of approximately $100M;
- Prepare entire process for tenders for Transportation and Logistics agreements and ensure to reissue agreements that expire when applicable;
- Develop long-term and short-term cost saving strategies for Rail, Ocean, Over-the-Road and Warehousing categories;
- Provide support throughout the sourcing and contracting process when necessary, ensuring seamless hand off to our clients when appropriate;
- Develop and maintain professional knowledge regarding market drivers, market trends, economic forecasts, supplier base, and competitive intelligence;
- Participate in category CoE business reviews to support collaboration, knowledge sharing, opportunity identification, and overall relationship development.
- Maintain and automate the CoE Power BI Dashboard (e.g. KPI’s, Spend, Supplier Performance, and Cost Savings).
- Manage supplier performance, including supporting, developing and monitoring supplier performance indicators
- Actively involved in the creation of the T&L Spend Cube and Category Playbook (Suppliers/Category/Cost Center).
- Lead various continuous improvements projects (e.g. Transportation Management Solution (TMS), automation, AI, outsourcing).
- Apply Project Management tools and best practices (e.g. mandate, project charter, Gantt charts)
- Develop and maintain professional knowledge regarding market drivers, market trends, economic forecasts, supplier base, and competitive intelligence
- Deep business analysis and strategic thinking skills
- Understanding of data analysis and cost saving methods
- Proficient in MS Office, especially Excel and Power Point
- Previous experience in a procurement lead role
- Expertise in any of the following categories: Warehousing and Transportation Logistics
- Excellent communication and people skills
- Experience with sourcing or procurement management role
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
- University degree or equivalent (business administration, engineering, logistics or other) complemented by a demonstrated track record of success;
- SCMA (Supply Chain Management Association ) accreditation or MBA is an asset;
- A minimum of 7 to 10 years of strategic sourcing experience identifying cost savings opportunities, developing cost saving strategies, demonstrating deep subject matter expertise, and establishing value in continued stakeholder engagement
- Proven ability to build relationships and buy-in with stakeholders as a trusted advisor
- Experience leading negotiations with incumbent and potential suppliers; experience leading the supplier selection process across multiple subsets of the category with various scope and client stakeholder groups
- Innovate within the procurement space; look at new ways to structure programs or categories, benefit from changes in supply market, or modify tools/processes to add value
- Proficient in the Microsoft Office software suite;
- Experience in designing, building and maintaining Dashboards using Microsoft Power BI system (an asset)
- Knowledge of JDEdwards, K2GEN, TMS or in any ERP system (an asset)
- Bilingual - French / English (advanced level)
We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Kruger is an equal opportunity employer.
All employees must apply Kruger's environmental policy in their daily tasks. In particular, employees are responsible for complying with legal and corporate environmental requirements, and must follow related procedures. Each employee is responsible for reporting all environmental incidents and potential environmental risks.
All employees have a duty to take the necessary steps to protect their health, safety and that of those around them at work. They must participate in the identification and elimination of risks at work.
* The masculine is used without any discrimination and for the sole purpose of lightening the text.