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University of Rochester Category Mgr, Procurement - 229854 in Rochester, New York

Category Mgr, Procurement Job ID 229854

Location Central Administration Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Purchasing


8 AM-5 PM



The Category Manager is responsible for managing a contracts portfolio; negotiate multi-million-dollar contracts (New & Renewals) on behalf of the organization. Implements enterprise wide strategic plan for the purchase of goods and services. Develops business plans and relationships with internal customers and suppliers to act in the best interest of the organization. In collaboration with the Team's Senior Category Manager, evaluates and analyzes all spend categories under their management to identify and report savings risks and opportunities. Works with their Senior Category Manager to develop strategies and lead efforts to mitigate these risks and increase savings.

Executes the department's strategic business plan to meet all savings objectives, as well as develop action plans, timelines, and communications as appropriate. These strategies will be developed in cooperation with departments throughout the University, Medical Center and Affiliates as appropriate. The position will be responsible for building internal and external collaborative relationships to maximize objectives.

The Category Manager must be able to manage diverse groups of stakeholders in multiple areas and levels throughout the organization for assigned commodity team in accordance with University policies and Federal procurement regulations. Evaluates departmental requests, researches marketplace, conducts competitive bidding, qualifies suppliers, analyzes results and negotiates the business transaction (price, delivery, contract terms and conditions) for the long term. Performs financial value and/or lease versus buy analysis as required. Commits University authorized funds and monitors supplier performance. Negotiates contractual terms and conditions and works with Supervision, Legal and Risk Management as required to insure the risk to the University of Rochester is minimized.


  • Authorizes contracts and purchase orders for regular, standing orders and leases. Researches products and prices; identifies qualified suppliers; obtains technical and/or performance specifications; performs financial and value analysis. Organizes and leads sourcing teams for their respective commodities. Ensures proper authorization, account numbers, price, supplier qualification and contract terms.

  • Constructs and implements Strategic Sourcing projects in accordance with University policies and Federal procurement regulations, covering all University and Medical Center locations across multiple sites. Leads negotiation activity for multiple categories across the enterprise.

  • Strategizes with respective Senior Category Manager to establish Procurement policies and support Procurement direction for University customers.

  • Focuses on process improvement opportunities with a goal of reducing waste and inefficient processes. Leverages technology to improve business processes and decision-making. Works with value analysis, contracts manager and departments to identify cost savings opportunities. Analyzes current business processes, while identifying and offering continuous improvement opportunities for existing processes. Conducts accurate & timely reporting of savings against goals.

  • Markets the department's services to the University community and drive change management initiatives. Promotes local, small and diverse business relationships and complies with University goals and Federal Requirements. Serves on University and community committees and participates in professional associations as appropriate; may represent the University in user groups, trade fairs, buying consortia.

  • Maintains a category wide view of procurement to maximize value for the customer. Establishes and maintains both customer and supplier partnerships to identify opportunities for cost and process improvements. Develops a strong collaborative relationship with all Department Administrator leadership proactively planning for future purchases. Builds and maintains sound collaborative relationships with University users and suppliers.

  • Stays current on new purchasing methods, sources of supply and products. Keeps abreast of and evaluates regulatory/supplier changes and industry/application trends to support future planning.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree required; Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or Technical Field preferred. 5 years of direct purchasing experience preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated skills in Microsoft tools and Business systems required. Ability to learn quickly and collaborate cross-functionally required. Negotiation, communication, and project management skills required. Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or similar preferred.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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