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Senior Category Analyst

Columbus, OH 43215 | Work from home flexibility

Posted: 02/26/2024 Industry: Administrative/Clerical Job Number: 191703

Job Description

HKA Enterprises is unable to support C2C. 3rd party submissions and C2C requests will not be considered for any positions.


The Senior Category Analyst is responsible for helping drive value through the strategic sourcing and the supplier relationship management processes. The applicant must be analytical, self-driven, and an excellent communicator with a proven ability to collect and analyze data, build out cost models, draw conclusions, present findings to drive decisions, and track and manage supplier performance metrics. The Senior Category Analyst must possess an ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and still meet business performance measures, including timelines for sourcing and contracting activities and planning for future sourcing needs of the business units. The Senior Category Analyst reports to the Manager, Category Management.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support supplier relationship management of designated categories.
  • Collect and analyze raw data to build cost models (using spreadsheets, organizing data, creating graphs) and identify savings / avoidance opportunities
  • Analyze data and create reports and presentations regarding key business measures such as supplier performance, spend analytics and market trends.
  • Lead the RFX process for medium to large sized initiatives, which includes but is not limited to: supplier communication, development of business requirements and decision/evaluation criteria, document creation and distribution, response analysis, negotiation analysis, and supplier selection
  • Partner with key stakeholders to develop, negotiate, and execute contracts.
  • Oversee Purchase Order lifecycle and ensure terms and conditions align with established strategy
  • Review, analyze, and approve purchase requests with established suppliers
  • Manage and resolve contract disputes
  • Understand savings and operational targets and develop and execute on plans to deliver on targets
  • Proactively taking prompt action to accomplish work goals and to achieve results beyond what is required
  • Identify, recommend, and implement process improvements
  • Communicate effectively to build and maintain internal and external relations and resolve issues
  • Support a positive work environment
  • Drive cost savings to positively impact P&L
  • Support strategic enterprise initiatives (supplier diversity, etc.)
  • Perform Category Lead duties in the absence of a Category Lead

Job Requirements


Required Qualifications for Position

  • Bachelor's degree or three to five years’ experience in supply chain, procurement or category management
  • Ability to define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts, and draw well-supported conclusions
  • Knowledge and understanding of sourcing methodologies
  • Ability to manage multiple commodities or work streams
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, word, etc.)
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Critical/analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to support a positive work environment/work collaboratively
  • Ability to execute and drive results while gaining commitment from others
  • Ability to establish plans and meet deadlines
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results, achieve goals and business objectives


Preferred Additional Qualifications for Position

  • Advanced Excel/modeling capabilities
  • Basic knowledge of contract management & administration
  • CPSM
  • Ability to manage and mitigate contractual risk
  • Knowledge of procurement/ERP software (PeopleSoft, Ariba, or similar)
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects and tasks with minimal oversight and direction
  • Ability to build strategic working relationships

• Supply chain experience in the utility industry

Additional Information

HKA Enterprises is a global workforce solutions firm. If you're seeking a new career opportunity or project experience, our recruiters will work to understand your qualifications, experience, and personal goals. At HKA, we recognize the importance of matching employee goals with those of the employer. We strive to seek credibility, satisfaction, and endorsement from all of our applicants. We invite you to take time and search for your next career experience with us! HKA is an EEO Employer who participates in the US Citizenship and Immigration Services E-Verify Program.

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