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Category Manager- HR

Company Name:
Kenna Group
Title
Category Manager - HR
Role Type
Permanent
Location
Charlotte, NC
Summary
Responsible for programs/projects specific to corporate change initiatives that have significant impact on how the company does business, provides a product or service, or executes a function. Project responsibility requires responsibility for staff and budget. Serves as primary contact to senior department managers for critical change initiatives. Communicates, influences, and negotiates both vertically and horizontally to obtain or leverage necessary resources. Accountable for analyzing present-state, developing alternative future-state approaches, and facilitating implementation. Creates a clear, coherent approach to guide effective program/initiative setup, execution, and control. Ensures clearly defined responsibilities and accountabilities for key program/project roles. Integrates knowledge of end-to-end business process into program planning and decisioning processes. Develop, maintain, and report on an overall integrated delivery plan. Management experience with small to mid-size teams. Excellent project management skills, including the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines. Strong business centric mindset with ability to utilize sound business judgment and tailor approach to drive optimal business outcomes.

Responsibilities
As a Category Manager you will be responsible for a critical role with accountability for a subset of Human Resources (i.e. Training and Development, Benefits, Payroll Services, Recruitment, Background Screening, Corporate Housing, and Moving/Relocation) spend categories across the organization. As the Category Manager your primary objective of this role is to develop and execute on the category strategy and ensure it aligns to the overall Procurement vision and long term strategic plan. You will be responsible for leading various activities including:
Strategic planning - create clear vision and the development of long term strategic plans for the specific category spend area to support overarching category plans
Strategic relationship management - to ensure that the category strategies are highly aligned to current and future business needs (and overall category strategy) and that the supply base is capable of supporting these strategies. Additionally, you will collaborate with and market services to stakeholders
Drive implementation of category plan - ensure that the underpinning process improvement and procurement activities deliver the expected business value in accordance with the strategic plans
Provide category specific insights to identify and manage supply side risks. Collaborate with stakeholders to manage and revise supplier risk frameworks and strategies
Data Analytics - leverage historical spend data and future business requirements to develop category strategies
You will be expected to work independently, providing regular status updates of all projects to Category Management leadership as requested

Essential functions of the job:
Develop the category plan (Vision, Strategy, and Implementation Road Map) with Category Management and Procurement leadership by conducting assessment of current and future business requirements needs
Implement the category plan utilizing the category team to take on strategic sourcing and demand initiatives aligned to the category strategy/plan
Develop and maintain expertise in the spend category through relationships with business units, suppliers, and market experts
Deliver benefits through optimum sourcing methods and/or process improvements
Identify business enablement opportunities and provide category related business analysis/recommendations to business units
Create category specific, proactive, initiative pipeline that will direct all vendor related projects and direct all sourcing activities
Establish category metrics and savings targets
Ensure savings is properly approved and reported as appropriate
Add value by becoming the subject matter expert in this functional area and provide commodity knowledge to internal clients on industry trends, benchmarking, and best practices
Drive communication/reporting strategy implemented to keep internal clients informed of progress and benefits
Knowledge and application of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) concepts and strategic sourcing
Expert in use of a broad set of analytical tools, able to merge data from a variety of sources to develop business plans that drive cost reduction, enterprise consistency, and business value
Develop and implement category compliance process to facilitate buying of goods/services from preferred suppliers and through preferred buying channels, recommending policies and executing follow up actions where necessary
Work with internal groups to understand and identify laws and regulations that may impact the category strategy
Skilled in resource assessment and change adoption/management

Analytical/decision-making responsibilities:
Drive transformation within the organization, and implement strategies identified during initial phases of the transformation process
Support Category Management leadership to develop category networks comprised of global/regional/business unit leaders/decision makers, end-users, support personnel (HR, Finance, IT, etc.), and expert advisors. Help these parties develop Category strategy, propose Category actions and policies, and improve processes and efficiency to drive savings
Act as change agent for category management actions and policies

Supervision responsibilities:

Develop and lead cross functional teams to execute on sourcing strategy
Other requirements:
Some travel (including international) is expected for strategic planning, project coordination, and implementation
Relocation may be required - negotiable

Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, or related field
Advanced degree in a related discipline, such as a MBA preferred
CPM or CPSM preferred
At least five (5) years of experience in Purchasing or Supply Chain Management, designing and implementing successful Category/Sub-Category strategies for Fortune 500 company, preferably in the financial services sector
Human Resources category management experience (i.e. Training and Development, Benefits, Payroll Services, Recruitment, Background Screening, Corporate Housing, and Moving/Relocation)
Supplier Management experience
Experience managing people
Proven track record of leading large, complex, category management activities at enterprise level, including major, multi-geographic programs
Ability and experience of coaching in Category Management leading practices
Leading multi-disciplinary teams
Energetic and self-motivated
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to leverage a range of influencing techniques
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Project, and Excel
Proven ability to manage change
Strong analytical and financial skills
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