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Category Leader



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2024

Category Leader, Procurement - Chicago or Decatur, IL or Erlanger, KY


IL - Illinois


Job Description

Category Leader, IT Procurement - Chicago or Decatur, IL or Erlanger, KY
This is a full-time, exempt position.

Position Summary:
This highly visible individual contributor role will develop and execute global category strategies in collaboration with stakeholders and in alignment with global and local sourcing requirements. You will work closely with our business unit leaders to understand implementation challenges and to develop solutions to increase compliance. In this role, you will assist our different businesses to determine and manage requirements by providing insight into alternative options to better control demand.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Category Manager, Enterprise Software, SaaS, and Hardware, the main duties of this role will include:
  • Strategic management of Software, SaaS and Hardware categories to manage risk, monitor market conditions, maximize returns, and ensure high-quality, on-time performance for stakeholders;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with key suppliers, providing high level of issue resolution where necessary (quality and service);
  • Drive external / marketplace knowledge of the latest category dynamics, trends and best practices aiming to drive implementation of continuous improvement opportunities;
  • Negotiate category's procurement activities, strategic sourcing, supplier management and contract management leveraging company’s 7 step sourcing process;
  • Provide leadership and support during sourcing initiatives, including total cost of ownership model development, category strategy development, fact-based negotiation strategy development & execution, supplier evaluation & selection, and category implementation;
  • Implement necessary tools and reports to manage categories and supply base e.g. contract management spend management;
  • Drive efforts to understand internal customer needs and summarize business requirements as input into enterprise-wide sourcing efforts;
  • Establish and evaluate performance metrics for category and own cost saving results
Your Profile
  • Bachelor's Degree is required. Supply Management, Operations, Business is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years experience with at least 2 years in Software procurement
  • Experience in negotiation of complex agreements, preferably Software; commercial skills and familiarity with contract law
  • Strong project execution is a must
  • Familiarity with IT systems, technology and terminology.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to engage, communicate and influence mid to senior level stakeholders (internal / external) and establish trust and credibility with business unit leaders and other functional stakeholders
  • Strong analytical skills with a deep understanding of financial analysis; ability to analyze data as well as draw out and communicate insights
  • Capable of creating pre-negotiation strategy including company’s Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA)
  • Strong communication skills in English, both verbal and written (fluent in other languages a strong plus)
  • Familiarity with multiple source-to-pay systems (eg. COUPA, Ariba, Maximo) and ERP software (JDE, SAP, etc.)
  • Global awareness (culture, currencies, geography, and political)
  • Professional Purchasing Certification is a plus
  • Experience in Food/ Agri-business industry is a plus
  • Experience in LEAN Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and/or project management
  • Familiarity with E-sourcing tools (Ariba, Bravo, etc.)

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.


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Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.


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