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Job Req ID:  46496

Category Portfolio Group Manager - Lab, Scientific & Academic


General Description: 

The Category Portfolio Group Manager - Lab & Scientific Goods and Services reports to the Chief Procurement Officer and is responsible for maximizing company profitability for an assigned category to achieve established annualized savings targets. This position optimizes value across company expenditures by leading the acquisition of business and professional services. It owns development of the overall portfolio’s and the individual category’s strategies, and is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the implemented strategy on an ongoing basis. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Builds a short and long term category strategy that aligns to both the overall University strategy and the individual division’s strategy 
  • Oversees category portfolio group strategy implementation activities leveraging current and future business requirements, market intelligence, and historical spend to drive cost reduction, enterprise consistency, and business value 
  • Develops and leads cross functional teams to execute on strategy 
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with stakeholders to ensure strategy alignment to divisional needs over time as well as work collaboratively with Johns Hopkins Health System where interests align 
  • Provides category specific subject matter expertise and insights to internal clients and regular status updates of all projects to leadership 
  • Establishes metrics, savings targets and monitor performance for the category portfolio, and communicate these to stakeholders 
  • Creates a category specific initiative pipeline that will forecast and direct procurement projects and sourcing activities 
  • Maintains expertise in the spend category through relationships with the internal customers, suppliers and market experts 
  • Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with divisional leaders, clients and key stakeholders. 
  • Directs the processing and maintenance of purchase orders, contracts and proposals for clients and vendors, per the spend category 
  • Accountable for the negotiation and establishment of preferential commercial terms with suppliers and directing, preparing and reviewing related legal contracts 
  • Works with legal, internal audit and other related compliance groups to ensure category strategies and supplier contracts account for relevant laws, regulations, and risk policies 
  • Assists in the recruitment, selection and training/coaching/development of personnel 
  • Acts as change agent and advocate for procurement as a value added partner 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 



  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Supply Chain Management or related discipline. MBA or advanced degree in related discipline preferred. CPM or CPSM preferred. 
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive procurement experience, designing and implementing successful Lab & Scientific Goods and Services category portfolio strategies. Minimum of 3 years’ experience with sourcing Lab & Scientific Goods and Services category portfolio. 

Special skills and knowledge: 

  • Innovative Thinking: Proven ability to connect ideas, events, and circumstances to find category management solutions to business problems or goals 
  • Applies flexible approaches to achieving category management results in dynamic situations 
  • Skilled in change adoption, change management, and resource assessment 
  • Keen negotiation skills 
  • Strong contract knowledge of both commercial and legal terms 
  • Familiarity with applicable state and federal laws and regulations helpful 
  • Experience in use of eSourcing tools to enable optimal strategic outcomes 
  • Ability to work independently. Energetic and self-motivated 
  • Ability to influence others to voluntarily adopt category management practices 
  • Strong analytical and financial skills 
  • Strong oral and written communication 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Project, and Excel, eSourcing Rfx tools 
  • Knowledge of SAP a plus 


Machines and/or equipment used on the job, include % of time used:

  • Personal Computer, telephone, fax, copier, calculator - 90%

Computer or other special needs for the position:

  • Strong computer skills, including MS Excel/Word/Power Point/Access; SAP R3

Degree of independent action performed on the job:

  • Dependent upon experience and expertise. Independence grows with time and competence.

Internal and external contacts required as part of the job:

  • Faculty, staff, vendors and occasionally, government officials.


Physical requirements for the job:

  • No vigorous physical requirements.
  • Must be able to move about freely in an office environment.

Travel requirements:

  • Less than 10%


Classified Title: Category Portfolio Group Manager 
Working Title: Category Portfolio Group Manager - Lab, Scientific & Academic  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE 
Starting Salary Range: $69,140 - $95,005 annually
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30AM - -5:00PM 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 45-MD:JH at Keswick 
Department name: 10001526-Buying 
Personnel area: University Administration


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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