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 Contract Coordinator, evaluates and analyzes all spend categories under their management to identify and report savings risks and opportunities. Works with their Senior Contract Coordinator 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 Medical Center and Affiliates as appropriate. The position will be responsible for building internal and externalcollaborative 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 hospital 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 hospital 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 Medical Center is minimized.
* Negotiates contracts for regular, standing orders, leases etc. for the corporation. 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 hospital policies and Federal procurement regulations, covering all 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 hospital 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 hospital community and drive change management initiatives. Promotes local, small and diverse business relationships and complies with hospital goals and Federal Requirements. Serves on hospital and community committees and participates in professional associations as appropriate; may represent the hospital 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 hospital 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.Qualifications/Requirements:
5 years of direct purchasing experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Bachelor's Degree required. Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or Technical Field preferred.
Licenses / Certifications:
Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or similar preferred.
Demonstrated skills in Microsoft tools and Business systems. Ability to learn quickly and collaborate cross-functionally. Negotiation, communication, and project management skills.
WMCHealth is a 1,900-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with ten hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, a state of the art Telemedicine program, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley.