Senior Category Buyer

  • Company: Chicago Public Schools
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois 60602 United States
  • Salary:
  • Date Posted: March 9, 2021



  • Works with the Category Manager to define a 3-year strategy for complex categories and is fully responsible for its execution.
  • Works with clients to develop the sourcing plan: manages the process and provides advice on procurement type, appropriate contract length, bundling opportunities to senior management.
  • Implements a tactical approach to sourcing in order to obtain the best value for money / lead negotiations for complex RFPs/RFQs.
  • Analyzes final answers from potential vendors and provide recommendation based on cost/cash/quality and strategic fit criteria.
  • Coordinates the sourcing process to finalize the vendor contractual agreement.
  • Assesses and manages supplier performance for continuous improvement by leading supplier meetings.
  • Develops collaboration with the vendor to drive cost saving through operational improvements in the supply chain.
  • Takes a leading role in proposing and implementing improvement in CPS procurement processes.
  • Develops and facilitates training for staff on CPS systems and procurement processes.
  • Serves as a mentor to category buyers to help them develop their professional skills.
  • Performs other duties as they might be assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in business or other related field
  • 2-4 years of professional experience, preferably in public procurement or a combination of education and procurement related experience for professional services
  • Advanced Microsoft Office (proficiency in Excel required)
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Action oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with multiple departments, managers of the organization and external entities (vendors)
  • Negotiation and influencing skills
  • Oracle experienced preferred

Application Process

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Contact Info

Name: Patricia Hernandez