• Category Manager II/ Sr.

    Location TX-Austin
    # Positions
  • General Overview

    At an intermediate to senior level, exercises strategic oversight of the sourcing and procurement processes to identify, define and deploy sourcing strategies for assigned categories of spend. Leverages supplier relationships and capacities to achieve a competitive purchasing advantage for LCRA. Applies complex market analysis and industry intelligence to conceptualize and execute strategies that optimize value and quality for LCRA. Drafts, negotiates and administers complex purchase contracts that capture cost savings, mitigate risk and satisfy compliance with LCRA policies and applicable statutes. Builds and manages internal and external strategic partnerships to ensure category strategy alignment with overall Supply Management and business objectives. Holds overall fiduciary responsibility for assigned categories.  This position utilizes in-depth knowledge of best practices and experience in own discipline to provide and improve services. Takes a new perspective to solve complex problems. Works independently and receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience; may direct the work of other staff members.


    • Identifies and executes sourcing strategies across assigned categories of spend for materials, services or construction that drive value and quality for the overall LCRA Supply Chain. Leads an objective and transparent RFx process for medium to high level sourcing opportunities. Conducts and documents all activities and contracts in accordance with Supply Management policies and procedures.  
    • Manages and leverages supplier relationships to achieve optimal value, ensure delivery of contractual needs and fulfill the strategic objectives of LCRA. Drives supplier performance and improvement through the use of contract administration tools, supplier review meetings, metrics reporting and supplier improvement programs. Enlists the involvement and support of key stakeholders to maximize the success of supplier performance management processes, tools and programs.
    • Identifies and cultivates strategic partnerships with key stakeholders. Effectively articulates the mission, value and processes of supply management and the strategic sourcing process. Asks valuable questions to assimilate stakeholder requirements and differentiate wants versus needs. Maintains continual dialogue with stakeholders and end-users to sufficiently anticipate needs.
    • Drafts, negotiates and administers highly complex purchase contracts, Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Statements of Work (SOW). Applies appropriate RFx, contract templates and risk mitigation analysis to ensure contracts integrate stakeholders’ requirements, satisfy compliance and protect LCRA. Deploys expert negotiation techniques and aids department in overall negotiation strategy development. Develops and maintains contract documents for board reviews.
    • Performs advanced market analysis and industry intelligence research. Interprets patterns and anticipates future trends. Synthesizes internal and external data and presents reports that mitigate risk and improve decision making, value and cost savings. Conducts benchmarking inquiries and remains abreast of market developments. Applies technical expertise of spend categories, supply base and assimilates economic trends.
    • Participates in effective change management regarding Supply Management processes. Champions new supply management processes and procedures and aids in implementation across the organization as well as with key stakeholders.

    This general overview only includes essential functions of the job and does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other job-related duties requested by supervisor or management.


    Minimum Qualifications

    Category Manager II

    Six or more years of experience in procurement or inventory management. A degree(s) in business, supply management, finance, economics or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.


    Category Manager Sr.

    Nine or more years of experience in procurement or inventory management. A degree(s) in business, supply management, finance, economics or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience deploying a category strategy to source and procure complex goods, commodities or services
    • Experience independently drafting, negotiating and administering high volume purchase contracts
    • Experience leveraging and improving supplier performance
    • Experience developing and managing stakeholder relationships
    • Understanding of materials planning, inventory management and logistics
    • Experience leading cross-functional teams to achieve organizational objectives


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