Category Manager

  • Company: Georgia Department of Administrative Services
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia 30324 United States
  • Salary:
  • Date Posted: September 7, 2022
  • Closing Date: October 2, 2022


Set sourcing strategy based on overall procurement objectives, customer needs, supply market dynamics, technological changes in the marketplace and other relevant factors derived from extensive research. Identify and finalize target savings for assigned category. Manage and foster key relationships within category of responsibility with both internal personnel and external customers. Deliver year to year cost reductions and maximize the total cost of ownership. Collaborate with Contract Management and Data Team and any others as circumstances dictate to facilitate knowledge transfer and deliver optimal results. Lead negotiations and drive for the best optimized value proposition (life-cycle management, TCO, value stream mapping, etc.) Exhibit proactive communication; assess the need for immediate action. Provide guidance, leadership and category expertise to peers and peer groups. Develop, mentor, and coach others to execute strategies while building/elevating skills sets and career advancement. Manage and execute Request for Quotes (RFQ’s), Request for Proposals (RFP’s) and other solicitation documents based on specified sourcing strategies and supervise subordinate employees in the performance of these functions. Seek and share best practices (market analysis, cost modeling, risk analysis, benchmarking, eRFx, etc.) while developing synergies within the State Purchasing Division and with key stakeholders across the State’s enterprise. Ensure that procurement activities are conducted in a professional and ethical manner. Manage resource allocation within category activities and special projects within the group. Exhibit excellent negotiation skills. Demonstrate strong decision making skills and make decisions that are consistent with the overall mission and goals of State Purchasing. Answer protests and/or vendor questions for specific solicitations in accordance with established timeframes.


Efficient and effective research and benchmarking strategies Strong presentation, oral and written communication skills Strong interpersonal skills Strong people management skills (managing, motivating, developing staff) Ability to effectively work with internal and external stakeholders Strong decision making skills Strong category and strategic sourcing background Ability to lead sourcing teams in the development of financial and technical evaluation criteria Knowledge of pricing and negotiation strategies Knowledge of major supply markets, categories, and products Ability to think strategically Ability to balance multiple complex initiatives and work with established time constraints Familiarity with PeopleSoft 9.2 Familiarity with catalog management Strong computer skills in the utilization of appropriate software (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, PeopleSoft, SharePoint)

Application Process

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Contact Info

Name: Kristen Matekenya
Phone: 404-463-6773
Closing Date: October 2, 2022