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Job Req ID:  54446

Category Lead - Lab/Scientific/Academic

The general nature or purpose of the job:
 The Category Lead performs strategic sourcing and procures supplies and services for assigned commodities/services under the direction of the commodity team leader.  This role’s primary focus will be in the category of lab/scientific/academic services. 

The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:

  • Procure products, equipment and services and arrange for leases and rentals. Coordinate and conduct negotiations with suppliers to achieve business objectives with a positive result.
  • Develop new sources of supplies as needed. Evaluate and select vendors. Perform strategic sourcing activities utilizing an array of e-procurement tools.
  • Negotiate, write and revise contracts ensuring contracts account for preferential commercial terms, relevant laws, regulations and risk.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with internal customers and enhance working relationships with key preferred suppliers.
  • Establish category metrics and savings targets, monitor performance, and communicate these to stakeholders
  • Develop a working knowledge of relevant industry trends and issues, market conditions, audit process and ethical standards governing relationships between buyer and seller.
  • Be comfortable working in a de-centralized procurement environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


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.

Minimum requirements for the position

•    Bachelor's degree required.  Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
•    CPM or CPSM preferred 
Related work experience:
•    Minimum of 2 years, preferably 2 - 5 years purchasing or strategic sourcing experience.  Additional experience may substitute for education to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. 
•    Minimum of 2+ years in strategic sourcing, designing and implementing successful category strategies


Special skills and knowledge:
•    Applies flexible approach(es) to achieving category results in dynamic situations 
•    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
•    Experience compiling and analyzing data to identify trends 
•    Ability to process multiple projects, set priorities and work independently
•    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


Physical requirements for the job:
No vigorous physical requirements. Must be able to move about freely in an office environment.

Classified Title: Category Lead 
Working Title: Category Lead - Lab/Scientific/Academic 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC 
Starting Salary Range: $50,700 - $69,780 annually
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
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.


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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.


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