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Sourcing and Procurement Category Manager

Company: TDS Telecommunications
Location: Madison
Posted on: January 18, 2020

Job Description:

OverviewAre you looking for a company where you're more than just a job description!! Here at TDS we believe our employees make the communities we serve, the services we provide, and our company better!!

We are currently seeking a Sourcing and Procurement Commodity/Category Manager, in this role you'll be responsible for sourcing strategies for assigned categories to drive cost savings and ensure the Company is making informed, best value purchasing decisions.

The position is responsible for performing analysis, leading the supplier request process for information, proposals, quotes and bids (RFX - Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quote (RFQ), and Request for Bid (RFB)). Additionally negotiates purchasing agreements, communicates opportunities, builds and maintains stakeholder relationships for achieving or exceeding cost saving goals.Responsibilities

  • Lead cross-functional sourcing teams; prepare and develop requests (RF - X) and scoring models; perform vendor analysis; develop service level agreements (SLA); and manage associated sourcing projects.
  • Obtain and maintain thorough knowledge of products & services within category area(s) of focus, supplier's processes and industry trends and practices.
  • Perform moderate analysis of category, spend, financial and industry data to identify sourcing, as well as cost- savings and reduction opportunities through collaboration with clients and stakeholders to meet or exceed cost saving targets.
  • Negotiation of mutually beneficial purchasing agreements.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal clients and key stakeholders, such as Operations, Legal, Accounting and Finance by identifying and addressing purchasing/contracting needs. Present sourcing opportunities to build internal support among clients and stakeholders.
  • Create value-added business process efficiencies, reduce costs, and mitigate risk throughout the supply chain sourcing lifecycle.

    ***Please note this position can be hired as a Category Manager I, II, or IIIQualificationsRequired Qualifications

    Category Manager I

    • Bachelors degree (or higher) -OR- 4+ years professional work experience.
    • 3+ years' sourcing or procurement experience.

      Category Manager II

      • Bachelors degree (or higher) -OR- 4+ years professional work experience.
      • 5+ years' sourcing or procurement experience.

        Category Manager III

        • Bachelors degree (or higher) -OR- 4+ years professional work experience.
        • 8+ years' sourcing or procurement experience.

          Other Qualifications

          • CPSM, PMP or Six Sigma certification a plus.
          • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of supply chain, category management, strategic sourcing, negotiations and contracting concepts.
          • Successful experience or demonstrated ability to lead teams, manage projects and achieve project goals; identify opportunities through data and financial analysis, risk assessment and process review; and negotiate purchasing agreements a plus.
          • Knowledge of, and experience with, ERP (particularly SAP), Contract Management and E-Sourcing Systems.
          • Working knowledge of e-procurement initiatives and technologies is a plus.
          • Knowledge of the telecommunications or wireless industry is beneficial.
          • Proficiency with Windows and MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Project).
          • Must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.


            As a part of your total compensation, #TDS provides a comprehensive, competitive benefit package. The benefit plans address both the immediate and long term needs that you and your family may have. For an overview of what we have to offer for full-time employees including vacation, health benefits and retirement options please click here.

            About TDS Telecom

            TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000-- company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit

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