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Category Specialist - Indirect in Boston, MA at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 1/10/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Boston, MA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    1/10/2019

Job Description

The Category Specialist is responsible for supporting Veolia’s sourcing activities for Indirect Procurement. Experience should include; indirect category management, supplier relationship management, commercial negotiations, procurement process management and improvement, systems and analytics, market supplier development and a clear, working knowledge of current industry trends. Responsible for identifying, developing and executing cost reduction plans and long term agreements in assigned spend categories. Must be able to work in a national, multi-business unit matrix organization. 

Primary Duties / Responsibilities
  • Drive continuous improvement in price, service, etc.
  • Develop category specific strategies, goals and objectives
  • Study and track market dynamics to determine impact on cost, quality and risk
  • Monitor and report category-specific savings and performance metrics
  • Perform contract utilization reporting as required by the VNA Operations and Senior Management Teams.
  • Perform spend and other analyses by using applicable business unit ERP system and Coupa e-procurement platform.
  • Able to execute complex sourcing activities.
  • Develop and report on metrics related to various system card programs
  • Perform regular follow-up on purchase order exceptions to identify and address root causes.
  • Prepare requirement definition documentation by utilizing SAP / Coupa reporting tools, field personnel interviews and research to develop complete, concise and useful information.
  • Prepare RFP documents by working closely with field, corporate and legal staff, ensuring that the structure of the document supports structured review and ranking of proposals.
  • Prepare bid/proposal summaries and support the timely response to field requests for completion.
  • Be an active participant in Process Improvement Work Group meetings and support efforts to prepare for and follow up on Procurement Management meetings.
  • Perform supplier evaluations and quarterly business reviews using available data and collecting additional supplier information.
  • Facilitating the creation of commodity strategies for core categories that optimize category spend throughout the category lifecycle.
  • Demonstrate initiative in developing cost-savings and process improvement recommendations.
  • Evaluate and apply the concept of total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Perform research to identify new product/service providers who can provide solutions for the organization.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Employees in this position will be required to demonstrate the following job-related competencies in performance of the role: operations focused, professionalism, adaptability to changing environments, results oriented.

Job Requirements

Minimum Education/Experience Background
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, supply chain or related field of study
  • 3-5 years indirect procurement experience in a large organization


Knowledge/Skills/Ability Characteristics
  • Strong Word, Excel, PowerPoint skills and Gmail Applications
  • Strong technology skills and experience using various ERP procurement software
  • Ability to prioritize work, communicate bottlenecks and to meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with various levels of internal stakeholders 


Certification/Licenses
  • Purchasing CPSM certification or working towards