Category Manager
StarTech.com
London, ON
StarTech.com is currently looking for a Category Manager to join our Vendor Management team at our Corporate Office in London, Ontario.

Reporting to the Manager, Vendor Management, the Category Manager makes an impact by developing sourcing strategies, managing supplier relationships and performance while coordinating efforts between internal stakeholders and supplier account teams to support StarTech.com corporate objectives.

Flexible work arrangements can be made for candidates located outside of the immediate London, ON area.

This position offers a competitive salary, bonus potential, and benefit package.

In this job you will:
Communicate regularly with vendors, acting as the key point of contact for all escalation items
Develop and deploy purchasing strategies to meet KPIs and reduce total purchasing costs through price and terms negotiations
Coordinate vendor activities including preparing and executing RFQ bids & analysis, supplier evaluation, selection and contract negotiations
Work with Product Management & Development requirements to research and identify new vendors
Establish a sustainable sourcing strategy, including source evaluation, selection and supply base rationalization
Lead sourcing activities and internal teams in opportunity identification and RFQs where appropriate
Proactively manage and reduce risk regarding cost, availability, quality and delivery
Lead ongoing development activity for key suppliers focused around areas where improvement is required, or can strengthen vendor / StarTech.com relations
Liaise with internal teams to prepare vendor scorecards and lead QBR’s for top and high potential vendors
Analyze trends and evolving technology to proactively identify supply base opportunities to reduce cost, minimize risk and protect revenue
Drive improvements based on manufacturing lead time, on-time delivery performance and other quality related metrics and communicate these metrics to vendors
Track and share results with internal and external stakeholders quarter to quarter

What You Can Show Us

Post-Secondary Education with a focus in Supply Chain, Economics or Business is preferred
7-10 years’ experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain, vendor management or other directly related experience (commodity management, purchasing manager)
Professional designation in Supply Chain Management or equivalent (PMAC SCMP / CPP, ISM or equivalent)
Experience with IT equipment, computer accessories and associated technologies
Working knowledge of how electronics products are designed and manufactured, as well as Quality Management and improvement methodologies
Experience with regulatory compliance for electronic products, as well as environmental and social responsibility programs
Deep understanding of Asian supply chains and vendor relationships, and a demonstrated ability to behave with cultural sensitivity
Geopolitical awareness with knowledge of how commodities, raw materials and other external factors impact the supply chain.
Experience coaching other team members, acting as a Mentor, sharing industry knowledge and best practices.
Demonstrated ability to influence at the leadership, senior leadership and executive level, internally and with vendors
Strong business and financial acumen – including experience in risk mitigation, skilled negotiations and issue/dispute resolution
Experience in management of long-term vendor relationships including providing feedback on performance metrics and deliverables
Procurement experience in competitive bidding processes
Ability to travel globally up to 25% of the time

What We Offer

Comprehensive Benefit Plan and RRSP Matching
Competitive Vacation Policy
Fitness Subsidy
Training and Development Program
Paid Charity Day and Regular Company Fun Events
Casual Dress Code - Jeans are allowed!
Free Parking and Subsidized Employee Café
StarTech.com Product Discount
Bonus Plan based on company performance

How to Apply-Please select the one that works best for you!

Submit your resume in confidence by applying on-line directly to startech.com/careers
Apply via our LinkedIn posting on our LinkedIn Careers page

StarTech.com is able to provide accommodation to job applicants throughout the hiring process. If you require an accommodation during the application process or through the selection process, please advise in your cover letter.

By applying to this position you are confirming you possess either a Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit

About Us

Each day, Startech.com team members from around the world unite on our global promise, we call it "hard to find, made easy". We empower millions of technology professionals to do more, more easily with leading connectivity solutions.

Born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada and now taking on the world, StarTech.com is a vibrant, high-performing tech company with a proven track-record of double-digit year-over-year growth. Now operating in 23 countries globally, we are honoured to have received Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation for eight consecutive years and to have won various awards for our tremendous rapid growth.

We are customer obsessed and it stems from our love of people, connection, and curiosity. Not only does our commitment to the exceptional deepen relationships with our customers, it also ignites connection within our team.

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