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Category Manager- Purchasing

| Austin

Forcepoint is transforming cybersecurity by focusing on what matters most: understanding people’s intent as they interact with critical data and intellectual property wherever it resides. Our uncompromising systems enable companies to empower employees with unobstructed access to confidential data while protecting intellectual property and simplifying compliance. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint supports more than 20,000 organizations worldwide. For more about Forcepoint, visit www.Forcepoint.com and follow us on Twitter at @ForcepointSec.

 

 

Forcepoint is transforming cybersecurity by focusing on what matters most: understanding people’s intent as they interact with critical data and intellectual property wherever it resides. Our uncompromising systems enable companies to empower employees with unobstructed access to confidential data while protecting intellectual property and simplifying compliance. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint supports more than 20,000 organizations worldwide. For more about Forcepoint, visit www.Forcepoint.com and follow us on Twitter at @ForcepointSec.

 

Job Description
Primary responsibility of the Indirect Category Manager is to support Forcepoint’s Procurement efforts activities both domestically and internationally. This position is a strategic position with oversight over sourcing and Procurement processes. You’ll be instrumental for driving and managing best practices and sourcing initiatives for Indirect spend including areas of IT, HR Services, Consulting, Professional Services, Marketing, Travel and Hospitality, Meeting and Events, Facility Management, Real Estate, Logistics and Office Supplies. This role is responsible for the development of category sourcing strategies, as well as being directly responsible for the execution of these strategies, including day-to-day interaction with internal stakeholders and suppliers to ensure an uninterrupted supply of quality goods and services at optimum cost. 

 

Essential Functions

  • Partner with key stakeholders and senior leadership to understand strategic direction, supply requirements and business objectives and priorities; Develop and implement effective sourcing strategies.
  • Develop and manage bid proposals (RFI/RFP), requirements documentation (SOW), service level agreements (SLA), purchase/service agreements and other related documents to deliver quality, service, and commercial benefits.
  • Process orders, handle routine transactions with customers/suppliers and provide high levels of service and quality.
  • Provide market and industry intelligence, innovation and best practices including third-party risk assessment.
  • Review and analyze data to support and optimize indirect sourcing and procurement work practices.
  • Timely execution of an established sourcing process for all projects.
  • Identify and leverage company-wide spend opportunities.
  • Negotiate and implement cost reduction and supplier consolidation strategies for both our operating expenses and capital improvement projects.
  • Prepare clear, accurate and concise reports, specifications, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Assist accounts payables in vendor invoice discrepancy resolution.
  • Supports cross-channel and company initiatives to achieve global strategic multi-channel plans.
  • May perform other duties & responsibilities as assigned.

 

Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution or equivalent
  • 5 to 7 years of indirect purchasing experience 
  • Technical aptitude 
  • Demonstrate Sourcing, & RF(x) Expertise
  • Understanding of Service Level Agreements
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office software, proficiency in advanced Excel
  • Strong analytical and financial planning knowledge 
  • Ability to leverage interpersonal skills to establish rapport and develop relationships with internal customers and colleagues and external suppliers
  • Understanding of ERP software systems and process
  • Be a self-starter who can prioritize tasks and manage deadlines, navigate and be successful in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • Ability to address controversial topics and to challenge assumptions, opinions, and decision to ensure that actions taken are in the organization’s best interest
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills with the ability to exercise mature judgment
  • Strong, respectful verbal and written communication skills
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Location

10900 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
10900 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

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