Procurement Category Manager – Hardware/Network

| West Suburbs

Category Lead responsible for the owning and driving strategic sourcing events with project managers, engineering and other stakeholder departments to acquire Hardware/Network technologies in a cost effective and timely manner. Performs cost analysis and volume planning for major projects (e.g., materials, components, equipment and services). Able to strategically negotiate highest quality at best value and develop new supply sources when existing suppliers are no longer viable or competitive. Proactively identify and recommend cost saving proposals including alternative sourcing, preferred contract or alternative technologies. Interacts closely with suppliers to resolve quality and logistical issues. Keeps current with Industry trends, pricing, and product availability. Responsible to ensure procurement business systems data integrity and the accurate disposition of maintenance and/or support contracts for all procured IT. Requires domestic or global expertise of assigned Hardware/Networking technologies.
 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Leads sourcing events – RFPs, RFX, RFQ and competitive bidding supporting Client Solutions
  • Negotiates price & audit proposals against contractual, historical benchmarks.
  • Owns supplier contracts & teams with stakeholders, suppliers, Compliance and Legal in contract terms analysis, negotiations, etc.
  • Ensures compliance to Procurement Policy, best practices and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Identifies process improvements.
  • Proactively utilizes analytics, spend data and market research to identify additional savings opportunities or optimizations.
  • Partners with internal stakeholders for medium/high-priority and/or complex projects with appropriate oversight.
  • Interfaces with Finance for budgeting, forecasting or payment issues.
  • Ensures positive working relationships with related support groups (Legal, Client Contracts, Solution Architects, Sales, etc)

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position does not have direct reports but may mentor less experienced associates in the role.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • 10 years of related experience with a Bachelor's degree; or equivalent work experience.
  • Advanced, proven knowledge of IT Procurement with specialized talents directed towards individual discipline (i.e. HW/Network)
  • Microsoft office skills – especially excel.
  • Contract review and negotiations.
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving.
  • Strong analytic skills and comfort with analytical tools.  Must have a high comfort with data analysis and the ability to interpret to drive meaningful results.
  • Attention to detail.
  • The ability to perform and thrive in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.
  • Communication skills (email/verbal/presentation)

 

Preferred

 

  • 7 years and a Master's degree; or equivalent work experience.
  • IBM/Mainframe procurement experience a definite plus.
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Location

Our HQ is 22 miles from the Loop; near Belmont station, BNSF line. Plenty of places to eat & shop! 2nd office is in downtown Chicago on Madison Ave.

An Insider's view of Ensono

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I find the culture to be very open and collaborative. One can be on a call with a customer and ask your technical resource across from you a specific question or run into our CEO in the hallway while grabbing a cup of coffee. We allow feedback to be given and changes to be heard. Leadership constantly finds ways to make it an exciting workplace

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What are Ensono Perks + Benefits

Ensono Benefits Overview

Benefits include - generous maternity and paternity leave, generous paid days off and company paid holidays. Sabbatical, adoption, compassion and bereavement leave days, adoption assistance and flexible spending account. Healthcare and 401K eligibility on 1st day of work. Paid volunteer days.

Wellness programs - designed to help us be our best! Fitness week, Virgin Pulse® platform, wellness plans for credits and discounts on medical plan contributions.

Fun ergonomic workplace - free snacks, onsite gym & trainer, yoga classes, Beer O'Clock days.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Beer O' Cart every month!
Casual Dress
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Onsite gym available!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

15 options for coffee and chocolate drinks (its a coffee machine with an IP address after all!) Also, Starbucks machine with chai latte counts, right? And then after the free snacks and all the hot chocolate - get some steps in while checking your emails in our fitness center. We have associate discounts on various products and services locally and nationally.

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