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Indirect Procurement Category Manager

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Walgreen Company

Deerfield, IL

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Indirect Procurement Category Manager

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Job Summary

Leads the development, implementation and ongoing management of procurement Level 3* category strategies at a local, regional or group-wide level for a portfolio of goods and services in line with Group Procedures. Works with stakeholders (functional, procurement and supplier), to develop strategy and tactics for procurement category and initiatives, provides thought leadership; identifies, creates and implements initiatives to maximize value and ensure ongoing management of supplier contracts and relationships. Project manages work-streams and initiatives within the category to ensure timely delivery of objectives, ensuring all necessary Stage Gate processes, including formal stakeholder approvals are completed.

This job comprises of four key activities: Procurement Level 3 category strategy

Sourcing of goods and services

Procurement-led change

Contract management

Job Responsibilities

Level 3 Category Strategy

Manages stakeholders (functional, procurement and supplier), defines and implements effective Level 3 (product/service level) category strategies to deliver a programme of transformation and risk mitigation; obtaining buy-in at each necessary step of the process.

Challenges the balance between cost and service ensuring value for money.

Shares best practices and learning across categories, geographies and teams.

Sourcing of Goods and Services

Develops and implements a sourcing process that delivers the right level of service and commercial outcomes through planning, defining business needs, assessing supply market, defining strategy, execution, supplier selection and contracting.

Ensures supplier priorities and capacities are aligned, identifies options, risks and mitigations.

Secures formal stakeholder approvals for supplier selection recommendations' as required.

Procurement-Led Change

Leverages changes in supply market and demand conditions to deliver innovative services and commercial solutions.

Identifies and implements opportunities to improve service and reduce costs by challenging and continuously improving the what, how, when, where and why goods and services are purchased.

Contract Management

Ensures all contract obligations are fulfilled, risks are mitigated and contracts remain valid throughout their lifecycle. Holds internal organization and suppliers accountable for their actions.

Defines and executes a contract management program, while ensuring continuous improvement, variance management, contract compliance and governance for nominated suppliers to guarantee that the appropriate value is secured from contracts.

Expands high performing supplier relationships to maximize value for WBA.

Procurement Expertise

Acts as a subject matter expert in category management, sourcing, procurement-led change and contract management.

Navigates procurement across an international & multi-site operation. Drives procurement-led change through their own initiatives. Utilizes market and business intelligence, shapes the strategic Level 3 category agenda whilst also delivering on their initiative plans.

Leads negotiations and ensures the effective conclusion of commercial and service arrangements that meet the needs of the business.

Leverages procurement toolbox (spend data analytics, GNFR pipeline, contracts database, e-procurement etc.) to optimize results.

Constructs and concludes commercial contracts in collaboration with the Legal team to ensure commercial and service requirements are captured, while mitigating against risk. Communicates to all levels of the organization to ensure all stakeholders are informed.


Makes recommendations leverages commercial expertise to optimize project design and minimize project duration and cost.

Streamlines business processes; researches and acts upon information on industry category trends and best practices.

Utilizes multiple financial models (e.g. total cost of ownership, net present value) to assess commercial options and risks.

Stakeholder Engagement

Navigates and influences a multi-functional/multi-cultural international stakeholder (functional, procurement and supplier), environment.

Manages stakeholders - operates at multiple levels within the organization and with suppliers; challenges, holds to account, effectively influences others in their way of thinking, remains sensitive to stakeholders challenges and is able to take people with them; forms effective relationships.

Acts as an expert in collaborating with internal and external resources to develop initiatives that meet departmental goals within budget and established timelines.

Shares category vision demonstrating a passion with discipline and an ambition for procurement and categories; influences and inspires others to engage and participate.

Project Management

Manages complex project initiatives and other work to schedule; managing risk, opportunities, resources and costs to achieve the right outcome, on cost and on schedule.

Strategic Thinking and Strategy Development - Level 3 Categories

Analyzes and problem solves category opportunities; compares and contrasts/evaluates options and selects the optimal solution. Utilizes spend information/data, business knowledge and market insight to identify opportunities for sourcing projects and initiatives.

Applies domain expertise to develop the 'best way' forward; explains why the way forward makes best sense; encourages others to adopt.

Escalates problems when necessary and provides solution recommendations.

Informally Leading Teams

Leads teams across multiple business units and/or countries and navigates cultural differences to ensure timely and appropriate conclusions.

Provides leadership and guidance to the team, understands their team's strengths, weaknesses and motivations.

Develops and mentors staff through open communication and training and development opportunities; builds and maintains employee morale and motivation, while fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. May advise on policies and procedures internally and externally resources.

Walgreens, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

As the neighborhood drugstore and retailer, our goal is to make health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach. And we remain a trusted wellness provider offering convenient access to important health services, such as immunizations and an array of pharmacy services that can help patients improve their health. To our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment. We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment, and be a part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, team members and the communities we all call home.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree and at least 4 years of procurement experience OR High School Diploma/GED and at least 7 years of procurement experience.

At least 2 years of experience applying procurement practices/strategies focused on meeting the business challenges, P&L needs, and the needs of the organization with a minimum of 1 year of experience developing and implementing requirements/change management methodologies to execute strategic sourcing activities.

Experience collaborating with internal and external resources to develop strategies that meet department goals within budget and established timelines.

Experience working with Profit and Loss (P&L) concepts, such as revenue, COGS, gross profit margin, operating expenses and cash flow.

Experience in supplier negotiations, developing and implementing sourcing strategies.

Experience using time management skills such as prioritizing/organizing and tracking details and meeting deadlines of multiple projects with varying completion dates.

Experience establishing and maintaining relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization, in the business community and with vendors.

Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).

Intermediate level skill in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: applying a theme, formatting character spacing, inserting a picture, changing slide layout and theme colors, adding transitions, customizing slide numbers, changing chart style and/or formatting font).

Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: inserting headers, page breaks, page numbers and tables and/or adjusting table columns).

At least 2 years of experience planning, developing, and managing departmental expense and capital budgets.

At least 2 years of experience in indirect management of team members, including assisting in the development, training and assignment of work/projects to other team members.

Able to travel up to 20% of the time for business purposes (within state and nationally and internationally).

Preferred Qualifications

CPM, CPSM or MCIPS certification or willingness to obtain one.

Company info

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Company Profile
At Walgreens, we help people get, stay and live well. That’s our core purpose and the difference we make in people’s lives every day. Our purpose has shaped the direction of our company since Charles R. Walgreen Sr. founded his first drugstore in 1901, and it still does today. Our team members make that purpose come to life in our over 7,800 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, in our call centers, distribution centers, on-site clinics, specialty pharmacies and corporate offices. In fact, those daily demonstrations of our purpose have helped Walgreens become an industry leader and a household name. Walgreens has something for everyone who wants to build a successful career. Here, you’ll find supportive co-workers, an innovative environment and the tools you need to grow your skills, help build healthy communities and advance your career.

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