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TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc

Manager, Category Management

TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc - Omaha, NE

Manager, Category Management




The Manager, Category Management is a management position responsible for strategic development and execution of a sourcing plan for the Technology category. This candidate will work closely with the Directors and Senior Managers to ensure the category strategy is in line with the broader Supply Management vision and executional on the department's financial & business goals. They will provide key input and insight into the analysis and execution of strategic opportunities and challenges with supply management in collaboration with Managing Directors and Directors across the Supply Management organization. He/she may manage direct reports. The candidate will collaborate with counterparts across the Legal, Technology and Risk business units to ensure strategic alignment and risk mitigation with an holistic view of sourcing and supplier activity.

Utilize best practices in Strategic Sourcing & Vendor Management to source, contract & implement large- scale & highly visible deals throughout the firm.

Conduct large scale direct negotiations or RFX to source services as needed for spend up to $10M. Support team with enterprise- wide strategic projects.

Lead & perform required legal & risk due diligence for large scale negotiations.

Consider internal dependencies, processes & vendor requirements and educate business to ensure successful engagement.

Manage large- scale supplier service implementations within given categories by creating & executing on a project plan.

Manage category portfolio up to $100M

Assist in the development and implementation of category management and strategic sourcing strategies congruent with the firm’s business strategy to drive cost savings, reduce risk, improve service / quality, and gain sustained competitive advantage

Serve as an expert for respective categories by utilizing internal analysis and industry research to make recommendations for program improvement, innovation or service needs to fulfil business goals.

Support formulation of strategic sourcing options, model/analyze each option and provide recommendations that will secure differential value from the supply market.

Leverage knowledge sources (industry, business goals, analysis) to develop an annual category plan and work with team to execute on said plan.

Develop and manage a high performing team and a portfolio of projects

Serve as the main strategist for assigned categories and work with supporting teammates to fully understand scope of suppliers, services and sub categories.

Set plan and cadence for vendor management activities within designated categories and manage overall category plan dependencies (such as service needs, expirations, budgets, etc.).

Lead, train, develop and evaluate direct and indirect reports as required to create a high performing category team.

Assign and monitor workload for direct reports as required.

Manage multiple, simultaneous strategic sourcing initiatives on an on-going basis.

Enable cost savings in-line with category targets

Keep up to date with industry trends to initiate new project ideas.

Manage and strategically influence across a range of business unit relationships, at more junior, peer, and significantly more senior levels

Build relationships & serve as a trusted advisor at Managing Director and Director level for respective categories in order to understand business needs and goals.

Work with finance partners to have a concrete understanding of category budget and participate in annual budgeting process.

Attend periodic strategy sessions to understand large scale business goals and needs.

Leverage category strategy & other knowledge to influence stakeholders on cost and category optimization opportunities.

Experience in delivering on cost reduction and cost optimization targets.

Lead category management / strategic sourcing programs and governance

Work with Source- to- Pay team members to ensure all areas within the category are covered, coded and paid properly. Identify and execute on opportunities to improve process.

Create executive presentations and briefings for senior management in order to educate and influence on category initiatives and achievements.

Educate category team on executed strategy & plan and outline action plans for each member of the team

Support Supply Management Leadership on department, risk and organization improvement projects and work streams

7-8 years related work experience

10 years total work experience

Bachelors’ degree required; graduate degree preferred

Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, sourcing strategy formulation and implementation.

Experience in developing and implementing business strategies and developing in- depth knowledge of category management and strategic sourcing categories

Expertise in Commercial negotiations and mastery of key concepts and legal terms

Experience supporting of third- party, vendor management, governance, and development preferred

Familiarity with Operational Excellence/Lean Sigma tools & processes

Experience with E- Sourcing Tools, Oracle preferred

Strong organizational and project management skills

Superior communication and strategic influencing skills, including with those in senior management.

Strong problem solving and conceptual thinking abilities.

Process driven with strong analytical acumen.

Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities.

Ability to work in a fast- paced, virtual and dynamic environment.

High tolerance for ambiguity and adaptability to change.

Proactive mindset that constantly challenges the status quo, makes recommendations for improvement and executes on those recommendations with cross- functional teams.

Experience in managing and developing direct reports to deliver quantifiable, bottom- line results in close partnerships with stakeholders, business users, and finance/risk partners beneficial

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TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc


Manager, Category Management TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc - Omaha, NE, United States


Location: Omaha, NE

Company Profile:
When the Securities and Exchange Commission eliminated the practice of fixed brokerage commissions on May 1, 1975, none of the major brokerage firms at the time thought anyone would ‘break ranks’ and offer discounted commissions. But, a handful of small firms, including First Omaha Securities, Inc., saw a unique opportunity. First Omaha Securities evolved into TD Ameritrade, and for over 35 years has remained a pioneer in an industry that continues to innovate new ways that make Wall Street more accessible to the individual investor. In the 1980s and 1990s, TD Ameritrade pioneered a number of ‘firsts,’ leveraging technology to make investing easier, faster, and more efficient. In 1988, the company was the first to offer touch-tone phone trading. And, in 1995 it acquired K. Aufhauser & Co., which was credited with executing the first online trade in 1994. Following its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in March 1997, the company combined its various brokerage units into one broker dealer, Ameritrade, Inc., and launched its first national advertising campaign, complete with a pricing philosophy that continues today.