Senior Category Buyer

  • Company: Chicago Public Schools
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois 60602 United States
  • Salary: $75,000
  • Date Posted: January 12, 2022
  • Closing Date: February 23, 2022


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third-largest school district in the United States, serving over 340,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career, and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families, and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability, and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments - student-centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership, and continuous learning. Senior Category Buyer - Professional Services Primary Location: Central-42 West Madison Street (Procurement and Contracts) This position will be in the Procurement Department, reporting to the Category Manager for the Professional Services Category. Procurement works with schools, departments, vendors, and stakeholders to provide goods and services of the highest quality and value for the District. This Senior Category Buyer will be the buyer for the Information Technology department and the Sport Administration department. The Senior Category Buyer will be held accountable for the following responsibilities: * 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.


In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Senior Category Buyer must possess the following qualifications: Education Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university Experience Required: Minimum of 3-4 years of professional experience, preferably in procurement in the technology category Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: * 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 * Advanced Microsoft Office (proficiency in Excel required) Conditions of Employment As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to: Establish/Maintain Chicago Residency - Employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district. Be Fully Vaccinated or Submit to Weekly COVID-19 Testing - Employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of their hire date. Full vaccination is defined as at least two weeks after your second shot of a two-shot vaccination course, or at least two weeks after a one-shot vaccination course. Unvaccinated staff must submit to weekly testing.

Application Process

Please apply at Search/filter Procurement Senior Category Buyer (2100030I)

Contact Info

Name: Bryan Forero
Phone: 773-553-2906
Closing Date: February 23, 2022