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Purchasing-Category Manager Latam

Req # JR - 028925 Location Cartago, Provincia de Cartago, Costa Rica Job Category Purchasing Date posted 10/16/2020

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Role Responsibilities

  • The role is part of Baxter’s Global Category Management Organization and reports to the regional procurement director for the Americas region.
  • Responsible to lead Category Management activities regionally for MRO, CAPEX, Lab Supplies and Utilities
  • Project management across several functions
  • Collaborate closely with the Management of Manufacturing Operations at senior level to establish strategic and tactical objectives, define priorities and develop and implement category strategies.
  • Develop sourcing and category management strategies for MRO, CAPEX and Utilities as part of the regional team. Develop internal and external benchmarks and metrics to support global strategies.
  • Implement the category strategies and build strong relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers .
  • Lead the supplier selection and contract negotiation process for key projects, within MRO, CAPEX and Utilities.
  • Ensure that appropriate Supplier Relationship Management programs are in place for strategic and critical suppliers in the concerned categories of spend (MRO, CAPEX and Utilities).
  • Provide regular progress updates for the concerned categories to the Senior Management and to key internal stakeholders.
  • Stimulate and support innovation by leveraging the supplier base, regularly reviewing market developments and mobilizing the appropriate internal network.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor/Master degree in Finance, Engineering or Business
  • Min 5 years of category management experience with multinational organizations. Previous experience with MRO, CAPEX and/or Utilities is an asset.
  • Proven experience in people, stakeholder and project management
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Business acumen and ability to develop strategic thinking
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and matrix environment.
  • Ability to work efficiently with virtual teams.

Must be able to speak and write fluently in English.

Reasonable Accommodations

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