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Category Leader, Procurement-Contractor Services-Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Category Leader, Procurement-Contractor Services-Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois


Job Description

Category Leader, Procurement - Contractor Services - Decatur, IL
This is an exempt level position.

Position Summary:

The Category Leader – Contractor Services, partners with all Operational functions and business partners to develop and execute long term Procurement strategies aligned with business goals. The Category Leader primary function is to partner with our operational stakeholders to review the third party service provider footprint and create long term sourcing strategies to meet the needs of ADM. The Category Leader will also develop processes to ensure stakeholder engagement and data-driven decision making. He/she will prepare requests for quotes/proposals and negotiate global agreements for contractor services across ADM.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate market intelligence, internal business goals and historical spend to determine strategic opportunities.
  • Review intake requests and align with business unit leaders on path forward.
  • Supplier Discovery.
  • Prepare and issue requests for quote, proposal or information to qualified suppliers.
  • Analyze supplier responses and make data-driven sourcing recommendations.
  • Act as prime negotiator with suppliers on price, terms, quality, service, and other business requirements.
  • Develop and implement contractual framework in close cooperation with legal.
  • Establish short and long term category metrics and TCO savings targets, monitor performance, and communicate these to stakeholders.
  • Manage supplier expectations and key performance metrics.
  • Apply eSourcing best practices to all sourcing events.
  • Serve as a single point of contact for up to 15 different sub- categories of spend, to ensure maximum leverage is consistently utilized.
  • Establish robust communication plan to keep internal business partners informed of progress and benefits of Procurement activity.
  • Partner with internal risk, HR, and compliance groups to ensure category strategies are compliant with relevant laws, regulations, and risk policies.
  • Act as change agent and advocate for Procurement as a value added function.
  • Develop and implement process improvements and cost savings initiatives with suppliers.
Required Competencies:
  • Understanding of fixed and cost-plus labor rate structures (Union and Non-Union).
  • Commercial skills and familiarity with contract law
  • Competent in financial analysis
  • Customer solutions focused
  • Proven negotiations skills
  • Skilled in cost/benefit analysis and alternative decision making
  • Technology adept (eProcurement and P2P systems, standard Office Suite such as Excel, Word, and Power Point)
  • Capacity to develop advanced strategies
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks efficiently and thoroughly
  • Global awareness (culture, currencies, geography, political)
  • Continuous Improvement
Interpersonal Skills
  • Communications (oral/written)
  • Ability to influence and lead outcome
  • Forward, visionary thinker
  • Skilled at relationship management, with internal and external partners
  • Team oriented
Educational and Experience Requirements:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or related field is required
  • MBA is preferred.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years professional work experience with four (4) years in purchasing for global companies
  • In-depth understanding of various contracting models is strongly desired
  • Certified Professional of Supply Management (CPSM) certification a plus.
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.


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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