Role details

IT Category Manager

Framingham   •   USD110,000 - USD135,000   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • This is a Strategic Sourcing role focused on IT Spend
  • This is a functional manager but not leading headcount

About Our Client

The client's cohesive Strategic Sourcing and Procurement team is doing more for the Company than ever before. Superior negotiations, in-depth due diligence and improved analytics have paved the way to significant savings. They've already impacted millions of dollars, but have only begun to tap the surface of managing the Company's overall spend. In order to continue on our mission to have even greater impact, we're seeking top talent to join us.

The department philosophy is to strive for procurement excellence in support of business delivery. As a highly valued asset and visible partner to the business, they're looking for competent individuals who will help to reduce costs, mitigate contract and regulatory risk and support the company's goal of increasing both market share and earnings per share.

Job Description

The IT Category Manager position is an individual contributor role responsible for the sourcing of critical indirect goods and services. You will be responsible for leading cross-functional teams in qualifying vendors, selecting vendors offering the best overall value, negotiating contract terms and conditions, working with the Legal Department to mitigate legal and regulatory risks, implementing contracts, and monitoring and managing vendor performance on an on-going basis.


  • Manage the contract life cycle of one or more critical, complex spend categories such as software, hardware, telecommunications and professional services in support of the company Information Technology department
  • Assess business risk and support the business in classifying vendors into appropriate tier levels to determine due diligence requirements.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in the category being managed by analyzing trends and dynamics of the current market.
  • Work with key stakeholders to determine specific needs of the business.
  • Identify vendors with the capability to meet business requirements.
  • Facilitate cross-functional teams in developing sourcing strategy.
  • Prepare RF(x) and lead teams in the source selection process.
  • Negotiate complex IT contract pricing and contract terms and conditions.
  • Manage contract implementation.

Manage and monitor vendor performance on an on-going basis.

The Successful Applicant

The IT Category Manager will require Experience with the sourcing of indirect goods and services.

  • Minimum five plus years of experience in Information Technology category management, strategic sourcing or procurement.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Supply Chain Management preferred, or combination education/experience equivalent.
  • MBA, C.P.M. or CPSM Certification highly desirable.
  • In depth knowledge and experience in managing the procurement of indirect spend categories.
  • Knowledge of contracting trends and expert negotiation tactics and strategies; proven track record of negotiations that result in cost savings and risk avoidance.
  • Strong ability to communicate with business owners, legal, and procurement staff to craft contracts that align complex needs with contractual requirements to achieve desired business outcomes.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and redline complex contract terms and conditions.
  • *Strong MS Office Skills or equivalent software.

What's on Offer

The IT Category Manager will be key to the success of the business and as such provides high visibility, work/life flexibility, and some career growth options for those that desire it.

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