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Indirect Procurement Category Manager



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023

Who is Forcepoint?

Forcepoint simplifies security for global businesses and governments. Forcepoint’s all-in-one, truly cloud-native platform makes it easy to adopt Zero Trust and prevent the theft or loss of sensitive data and intellectual property no matter where people are working. 20+ years in business. 2.7k employees. 150 countries. 11k+ customers. 300+ patents. If our mission excites you, you’re in the right place; we want you to bring your own energy to help us create a safer world. All we’re missing is you!

Primary responsibility of the Indirect Category Manager is to support Forcepoint Indirect Procurement team, both domestically and internationally. You’ll be instrumental for driving and managing best practices and sourcing initiatives for Indirect spend within global procurement function. Category Manager will have visibility in indirect areas such as IT, Marketing, HR Services, Professional Services, Travel and Hospitality, Meeting and Events, Facility Management, Real Estate. This role is responsible for the development of category sourcing strategies, as well as being directly responsible for the execution of these strategies, negotiations and day-to-day interaction with internal stakeholders and suppliers to ensure an uninterrupted supply of quality goods and services at optimum cost.

*Hybrid position going into the corporate office which is located in Austin, Texas

Essential Functions

Partner with key stakeholders and senior leadership to understand strategic direction, supply requirements and business objectives and priorities.

Develop, implement and execute effective sourcing strategies.

Drive global supply base (approved, preferred and strategic suppliers).

Identify Total Cost Optimization and drive cost saving targets.

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. MBA is a plus

5 to 7 years of indirect purchasing experience

Strong technical aptitude

Has a proven track of delivering large savings and other value; Demonstrate best in class procurement practices, 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 SAP 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

Don’t meet every single qualification? Studies show people are hesitant to apply if they don’t meet all requirements listed in a job posting. Forcepoint is focused on building an inclusive and diverse workplace – so if there is something slightly different about your previous experience, but it otherwise aligns and you’re excited about this role, we encourage you to apply. You could be a great candidate for this or other roles on our team.

The policy of Forcepoint is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status and to affirmatively seek to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity.

Forcepoint is a Federal Contractor. Certain positions with Forcepoint require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or the Export Administration Regulations. Applicants for these positions may need to be "U.S. Persons," as defined in these regulations. Generally, a "U.S. Person" is a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or an individual who has been admitted as a refugee or granted asylum.

Applicants must have the right to work in the location to which you have applied.