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Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCWW)

Procurement Category Manager - IT

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCWW) - Roswell, GA

Procurement Category Manager - ITJob DescriptionProcurement Category Manager - ITRoswell, GAJOB SUMMARY The IT Procurement Commodity Manager will be in charge of Supply Chain Software efforts as well as key Enterprise Software accounts. The Commodity Manager will be accountable to understand internal processes, negotiation best practices, high stakeholder engagement, commodity category strategy, and possess a positive outlook within the team. The Commodity Manager will also be responsible for the ownership of key stakeholder relationships within his/her commodity.JOB DESCRIPTION Position Purpose:At Kimberly-Clark we spend billions of dollars with suppliers every year. Our sourcing team ensures we have strong relationships with internal stakeholders so that we understand the business needs and develop effective category sourcing strategies that aggressively drive value, so that Kimberly-Clark can continue to invest in innovative new products and customer relationships.The Commodity Manager is responsible to establish and nurture the working relationship with the IT Stakeholder and the IT Procurement Leader. The Commodity Manager will play numerous roles within this context of timely responses to their stakeholder and to the IT Procurement Leader. The Commodity Manager will have the responsibility of disseminating important information to IT Procurement Leader and arbitrate activities within the stakeholder community and suppliers.The Commodity Manager will be responsible for cost-effective strategic sourcing of complex goods and services in accordance with corporate policies and procedures. This position will promote close collaboration with IT as well as working closely with the IT business partners to secure an accurate pipeline of activities.  The Commodity Manager is expected to possess knowledge regarding the application and integration of procurement philosophies and techniques to meet the needs of internal stakeholder requirements from a category sourcing perspective.  This position is IT focused and the candidate must have experience in IT procurement. An important attribute for this role will be the ability to maintain a positive attitude and promote stakeholder motivation to drive results.Customers and Customer Expectations:Technology is the backbone of business. The customer base could include: procurement, business management, finance, A/P, receiving, ITS, transportation, operations, R&D, internal control, marketing, planning, engineering, or other personnel involved in the implementation of business strategies where technology sourcing plays a role.  Customer Expectations:
Fully knowledgeable in their commodity or service.  Develops robust strategies based on this knowledge.  Experience procuring hardware, software (SaaS), telecom, and other strategic IT areas a must.
Serve as a thought leader colleagues, IT Stakeholders, and rest of the organization for the strategic sourcing of the categories. 
Knowledge of IT categories, procurement best practices and market trends
Demonstration of continuous learning
Provide timely execution of earlier supplier selection into the product development cycle
Procure assigned goods and services which provide the best overall value to KC.
Develop pricing agreements and systems contracts with suppliers.
Work in conjunction with business units and suppliers to identify new materials to be strategically sourced
Lead formal alignment meetings with stakeholders
Communication of category strategy and status to senior management to ensure alignment.
Manage through a commodity, service or crisis
Scope:The candidate will report to the IT Procurement Leader within Procurement and is responsible for managing assigned commodities, suppliers,  and purchases to meet customer needs. Utilizing a structured sourcing process you will handle category sourcing and contract negotiations. In other cases, you will dissect the requirements communicated by the business and express the elements in familiar “category” terms so we can benefit from the value available in a competitive marketplace.Dimensions:Regional and/or Global annual purchases across multiple business units.Value of purchases typically vary based on the technology.Qualifications/Education/Experience Required:A Bachelor's degree in business, economics or related discipline.  Continued updating and/or progress toward advanced degree or equivalent in area of technical expertise.  Five or more years’ experience is required.  Operates with limited business direction. Demonstrated knowledge and extensive experience in a major purchasing commodity group. Core competencies evident to drive a digital mindset: adaptability, business acumen, collaboration/teamwork, innovative thought process, openness to learning and listening, results oriented, digital literacy, global mindset, conceptual thinking, decisiveness, accountability, and risk taking.PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:Build talent: Cultivate negotiation skills, motivation, and innovation within the team. Assist team member in the development of risk analyses, assessments and mitigation plans for their category. Key Liaison between IT and the Supplier. Mitigate daily questions, challenges, and process/negotiation concerns. Promote an innovative mindset and assist the IT Procurement Lead to drive a better, faster, smarter mindset within the team.Develops a thorough strategic plan to drive value for your category based on an understanding of business unit needs, the supply market, spend baseline and evolution and benchmarking. Effectively document, communicate and gain buy-in for the strategy.Research, select, develop and maintain adequate sources of supply to ensure that the requirements of the category are met with the optimum quality, service and cost to use. Manage supplier relationship for suppliers within your commodity that are not managed by the Vendor Management Organization.Ability to successfully reach business objectives through supplier negotiations. Analyzes market and supply dynamics related to supplier proposals to develop a matrix of negotiation scenarios (negotiation grids, sourcing strategies, decision matrix, etc…).  Engages business leaders to align on acceptable negotiation outcomes.  Develop counterarguments, opening positions, and plan for executing negotiations.Leads the development of risk analyses, assessments and mitigation plans for their category.   Manage our supplier network for assigned commodities to provide sufficient materials and services to meet our highest short-range requirements, protect against temporary supply interruptions and provide for our long-range growth needs.  Develop and execute a plan to quickly and effectively manage a supply interruption. Interacts with business units to develop, engage and lead supplier relationships for extracting the greatest value in cost, security of supply, risk management, sustainability and innovation.  Manage the ongoing performance of our suppliers including objective setting and supplier evaluations where warranted.Comprehend and provide constructive input on legal contract documents related to purchasing terms, conditions, indemnification, intellectual property ownership, etc.Knowledgeable about the markets and how they affect price, availability, or supply chain logistics.  Will use specific market analysis to predict behavior and supply risks to the organization.  Will adjust strategy to minimize effect of market change.  May provide market analysis to customers and advice to others within procurement.Forecast timely price and availability information on assigned commodities for the various consuming businesses and communicate this information to appropriate personnel in the company so it is properly integrated into business strategy and decision-making.Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of corporate policies and procedures, as well as related governmental laws and regulations to ensure purchasing activities are conducted within the parameters of each.Contribute to an environment in which all team members are respected regardless of their individual differences and are motivated to improve both their individual and team contributions to achieve desired business results.Communicate fully with superiors, subordinates and others who have need to know.  Be informative without being obtrusive or vexatious.  Communicate in a way that is timely, yet prompt; complete, yet concise; candid, yet accurate; and clear, yet responsiveKimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No.1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With more than 140 years of history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and empowering them do their best work. If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark. Kimberly-Clark is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization. This position is subject to drug and alcohol testing, including pre-employment testing.Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:This role is available for local candidates already authorized to work in the role’s country only. K-C will not provide relocation support for this role outside of country, this role is available for in-country relocation only.Primary LocationUSA-GA-Atlanta-RoswellAdditional LocationsWorker TypeEmployeeWorker Sub-TypeRegularTime TypeFull time

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCWW)


Procurement Category Manager - IT Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCWW) - Roswell, GA, United States


Location: Roswell, GA

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