Category Manager (Procurement Specialist 2)

  • Company: University of Connecticut
  • Location: Storrs, Connecticut 06269 USA
  • Salary: $90,000 to $94,999
  • Date Posted: September 11, 2023
  • Closing Date: October 1, 2023


University Business Services seeks an experienced procurement professional for a full-time senior level Category Manager role on UConn’s main campus in Storrs. The Category Manager is accountable for the oversight, management, and overall operational performance relating to an assigned group of commodities (i.e. Business Services or Information Technology) in support of the University community. This role is responsible for developing and implementing a robust strategy for all assigned categories. Activities include, thoroughly understanding the commodities for which this role is accountable, managing the University customer base, managing the supply base, ensuring the University’s needs are met at the best value and ensuring all applicable laws and policies are followed. This role is also responsible for supervising all procurement related activities and processes and a team who serve the University’s main campus in Storrs as well as all regional campuses.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 1. A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business or appropriate discipline, and a minimum of six (6) years professional experience in a comparable environment OR Associate’s degree in a closely related field and eight (8) or more years of related professional experience in a comparable environment. 2. General working knowledge of sound procurement practices and the ability to negotiate contracts. 3. Experience in supplier management, including oversight of supplier performance and contract compliance. 4. Strong supervisory, leadership, organizational, and project management skills. 5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 6. Strong computer skills. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Advanced degree in related discipline. 2. Knowledge of procurement theory, principles, and applicable federal and state procurement statutes. 3. Knowledge of multiple direct and indirect commodities. 4. Strong interpersonal and persuasive skills with the ability to work effectively with all types and levels of stakeholders. 5. Strong analytical and financial skills. 6. Experience with, and knowledge of, automated procurement and/or financial systems (e.g. KFS, Jaggaer) and reporting tools (e.g. Web Focus). 7. CPM or CPSM certification.

Application Process

This is a full-time position located on the Storrs campus. Position will commence under a hybrid model which requires all employees to work on-site two days per week, future arrangements will be considered in accordance with University Alternate Work Arrangements policies and procedures. TO APPLY Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #497719 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Please note that references will not be contacted without prior discussion with the applicant.

Contact Info

Name: Melanie Savino
Phone: 860-486-0948
Closing Date: October 1, 2023