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Sr Technology Strategic Sourcing Category Management Manager

Department: JDMS Sourcing and Cost Management
Post End Date:
Position Type: Employee
Position Reports To: Director, Strategic Sourcing Category Management
Position Supervises: Strategic Sourcing Category Management Manager
Pay Level: 13
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary

Build strong relationships with internal business stakeholders to jointly develop category strategies, proactively identifying opportunities and projects to deliver best value to Kroger and achieve savings targets. Partner with director to set vision, performance metrics, and strategy of categories and communicate to all stakeholders while ensuring team achieves the savings targets. Demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion, and safety.

Essential Job Functions

  • Category Management
  • Build strong business relationships allowing sourcing to increase its influence over total category spend
  • Provide category and market expertise to create a strategic portfolio of initiatives to achieve savings targets
  • Support definition of category strategies and manage different stakeholders through execution of project lifecycle to address obstacles
  • Develop an effective framework to govern strategy, project pipeline and measure performance
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Drive continuous improvement to create efficiencies and enhance level of skills and capabilities of the team
  • Provide guidance to introduce new procurement processes and technologies to become more effective and compliant to internal policies
  • Contract Management
  • Provide expertise to support all activities related to contract lifecycle management (CLM)
  • Support escalation process as needed to resolve any compliance issues
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Manage supplier relationships at a national level and work with business to make sure all SRM activities are executed effectively
  • Lead supplier finance and discounting programs with a focus on improving work capital, cash flow, interest payable, and gross margins
  • Procurement Process
  • Maintain knowledge of other initiatives in the company that may affect category performance
  • Champion compliance to all sourcing policies with internal business stakeholders and internal teams
  • Talent Management
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties: complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Collaborate with HR on the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of the team to ensure availability of the required talent
  • Must be able to perform the essential job functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Minimum Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Retail, CPG, or related disciplines
  • 10+ years experience within the pertinent category
  • Deep procurement experience with proven ability to establish category management strategies, sourcing capabilities including business processes improvement and use of e-sourcing tools
  • Highly collaborative individual, who has proven ability to work cross functionally and build strategic/mutually beneficial relationships at all levels
  • Ability to change the thinking of others in sensitive situations, without damage to the relationship, both internally and externally
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Vizio)
  • Desired Previous Experience/Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 7+ years of leadership/management experience in Supply Chain or Procurement
  • CPM/CPSM, CSCP or equivalent certification


    Leadership Behaviors: Achieves Results through Teamwork, Coaches and Develops Others, Communicates Effectively and Candidly, Executes with Excellence, Leads Change and Innovation, Leads through Positive Influence, Provides Clear and Strategic Direction, Puts the Customer First. For more information on the Kroger Leadership Behavior model, click here.



    Education Level: Bachelor's Desired
    Required Travel: Up to 25%
    Required Certifications/Licenses: None

    Regions: General Office- Cincinnati



    Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

    Job Segment: Accounts Payable, Information Technology, IT Manager, Category Manager, Manager, Finance, Technology, Retail, Management

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