Oxford Immunotec, Inc.

  • Category Management Specialist

    Job Location US-TN-Memphis
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/1/2018 3:06 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Under limited supervision, partners with key functional stakeholders, process owners and laboratory operations to drive out complexity and cost, meet annual budget targets, improve working capital and guarantee acceptable supplier performance levels within various indirect spend categories.  This includes vendor qualification and selection, developing and implementing sourcing strategies, negotiating contracts, identifying and implementing cost savings opportunities, working with GPOs, investigating and proactively managing budget issues, improving working capital through the negotiation of extended pay terms, ensuring supply continuity and service levels and communicating frequently and effectively with key functional stakeholders, process owners, suppliers and laboratory operations. This position will also assist with testing and implementation of a new e-procurement system, and be responsible for the ongoing management of supplier catalogs within that system. 


    • Lead cross-functional supplier qualification and sourcing initiatives ensuring the engagement of and commitment from key stakeholders, process owners and laboratory operations through the process.
    • Develop, lead and execute domestic or global supply strategies in coordination with key functional stakeholders, process owners and laboratory operations within a variety of Indirect categories that may include finance, marketing, IT, consulting, legal, HR, contingent labor, corporate travel and entertainment, facilities, laboratory operations, or certain industrial services and supplies.
    • Lead cross-functional efforts to identify and implement cost reduction opportunities including, but not limited to, the renegotiation of more competitive contracts, demand management, globalization of supply and the reduction of supply complexity.
    • Utilize a comprehensive supplier review/scorecard process to pro-actively resolve supplier performance issues, implement improvement opportunities and ensure acceptable supplier performance.
    • Drive operational efficiency improvements through the onboarding of suppliers to the preferred e-procurement system, consolidated billing processes etc.
    • Work closely with Legal and cross-functional stakeholders to develop and execute new contracts or improve existing contracts, which shall include preferred payment terms, performance metrics, etc.
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, process owners and colleagues in global regions through regular communication and value-added category management support.
    • Present the status of cost reduction or working capital efforts, budget performance, strategic projects or category strategies to executives, stakeholders, process owners and global regions, as applicable.
    • Participate in the regular, cross-functional review and update of category related policies and SOPs with key stakeholders and process owners. Applicable policies may include capital, travel, facilities, etc.
    • Remain up to date on market and category trends and implement improvements accordingly.
    • Assist with the testing and implementation of e-procurement system, and manage catalogs within assigned categories.
    • Support the strategic, operational or analytical needs of other Operations, Finance, and Purchasing colleagues as needed.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field of study required. MBA preferred
    • Six or more years of procurement experience, preferably in a healthcare environment
    • Professional certification from APICS, NCMA, ISM or equivalent preferred
    • Experience with e-procurement (P2P) and ERP systems
    • Experience developing and negotiating indirect related contracts through various distribution channels, including GPOs
    • Strong analytical, presentation and written communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and demonstrate a high degree of personal and professional initiative
    • Able to develop creative, practical solutions that meet business objectives and solve complex problems
    • Skilled negotiator with proven experience in setting negotiation strategies and conducting negotiations
    • Strong project management skills including the ability to create, adapt and follow plans
    • Ability to work in a global, multicultural collaborative team environment
    • Strong skills in organization/time management; able to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously


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