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Category Manager, Procurement

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We are seeking a leader and a doer with procurement experience to strategically source products and services for our North American business units based out of the Corporate Procurement Team. The person in this role will coordinate with over 100 sites across Transdev’s B2G and B2B divisions, to understand their goods and services needs and collaboratively develop strong sourcing strategies for assigned spend categories.

The position will work and partner with multiple teams/stakeholders to develop and execute category sourcing strategies, deliver savings and improve productivity across the category. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, and a creative, critical thinker with a strong motivation to learn. The candidate must be an effective communicator and be able to work independently and as a leader of peers to generate high-quality results in an ever-changing, and sometimes ambiguous environment. You must have a professional demeanor and be able to partner with people at every level. This category manager role will primarily focus on direct spend categories, including but not limited to: spare parts, MRO/shop supplies, maintenance shop-related services and possibly the ordering and replenishment of light commercial vehicles.


  • Establish category sourcing strategies, lead cross-functional subject matter teams, negotiate with suppliers, and execute contracts to optimize Transdev’s competitive position.
  • Drive appropriate relationships with category suppliers, with a principal objective of achieving the optimal solution and total cost of ownership that meets the business’ goals supported by a culture of continuous improvement with performance benchmarks in use.
  • Manage category suppliers to proactively identify, monitor, and optimize opportunities related to post-sales service and quality issues.
  • Provide market intelligence support regarding categories; anticipate strategic opportunities and keep key stakeholders and leadership informed.
  • Drive category suppliers in Supplier Relationship Management activities to mitigate risk, improve performance, and add value.
  • Identify, achieve, and report on savings and value targets for category sourcing activities.
  • Align with internal customers and understand the business needs, challenges, and application of the categories being managed.
  • Negotiate and implement supplier agreements/contracts by working with cross-functional stakeholders and suppliers to reach agreement on contract terms and conditions.
  • Helping to develop long-term department strategies and significantly influencing the cross-company project development and delivery processes and standards.
  • Keys to success in this role include sound judgment and excellent written/verbal communication skills; the candidate should be able to extract insights from data and be able to communicate appropriately.
  • Provide pricing support to business development when called upon.
  • Other duties as required.


Education, Licensing, and Certifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Bachelors in Supply Chain Management or Business Administration/Management is preferred.
  • CPM, CIPS or other Professional Certification related to procurement, sourcing or supply chain is a plus.

Experience, Skills, and Knowledge Required:

  • At least 5 years of experience in sourcing, procurement or supply chain management in automotive or spare parts industries required.
  • MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
  • ERP or P2P Systems.
  • Ability to write RFx documents/proposals and other procurement function related documents.
  • Strong project management skills/experience.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
  • Travel requirement outside of immediate area: 10%.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Must submit to drug testing and a criminal background check.

About Transdev:

Transdev North America is the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, providing bus, rail, paratransit, and shuttle services. We manage over 200 transportation contracts for cities, transit authorities and airports, providing safe and sustainable mobility solutions. Our mission is to improve public transportation, to enhance quality of life and combat global warming.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions upon request.

Transdev is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or other legally protected status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

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For more information please visit our website atwww.transdevna.com/careers

Job Locations US-IL-Lombard

Posted Date 2 months ago (6/8/2020 1:00 AM)

Requisition ID 2020-12834

Position Category Administrative/Clerical/Payroll/HR/Accounting

Internal Code #TNA

Internal Reference 906

Internal Code 3 Ind1

Company/Division Transdev Inc. (Corporate)

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