At Amazon, our vision is to be Earth's most customer and employee-centric company. Our passion for invention leads us to pioneer and globalize new businesses and customer offerings daily.
As we rapidly become the world’s largest consumer of corporate services in many categories, the Global Corporate Procurement team is seeking a Global Category Manager, Indirect Procurement to join our team in Latin America.
This role can be based out of Costa Rica, Mexico, or Brazil.
Global Category Managers play a pivotal role at Amazon, leading strategic sourcing engagements across a wide range of business units to enable new initiatives to launch and scale rapidly.
GCMs are expert practitioners in creating competitive environments, and have a strong bias for decision-making rooted in data and analytics.
They routinely advise senior Amazon leaders on innovative sourcing strategies that create sustainable, long-term partnerships.
They are highly effective communicators, able to articulate the value proposition of partnering with procurement.
Key job responsibilities
Establishing strong relationships with internal business partners; building a robust understanding of strategic business direction, requirements and priorities across assigned suppliers and / or spend categories.
Supporting execution of sourcing events across all indirect spend categories
Delivering savings and increased spend under management by driving adoption of a new automated self-service sourcing technology application
Supporting enhancements and the product development roadmap of the self-service sourcing application based upon purchasing history and stakeholder sourcing requirements
Managing the fundamentals of sourcing and supplier engagement activities including RFx, spend pattern analysis, contract analysis, bid evaluation, negotiations, and supplier consolidation.
Working with business and finance leaders to identify and drive savings and controllership improvements, focusing on total cost of ownership.
Providing guidance to internal stakeholders on procurement strategies; maintaining procurement ethics in accordance with Amazon’s global policies.
5+ years of relevant strategic sourcing experience, to include at minimum, 3 years in an indirect procurement function, at a multinational corporation, with global contracts.
5+ years of experience practicing best-in-class procurement processes (category management, benchmarking, should-cost models, RFX, reverse auction, contracting, etc.).
5+ years of experience with spend categories under management to include three or more of the following : IT Hardware and Software, Corporate Services, HR and Benefits, Travel, Office supplies, Fulfillment center supplies and services, Marketing materials, Market Research, Contingent labor, Facilities and Real estate, Capital Expenditure and Tail Spend (Indirect Categories).
Fluency in English language
Deep knowledge of indirect spend categories
Experience working with procurement technology, tools like Ariba, Coupa
Experience launching new technology tools and change management associated with it
Tenacious negotiator with proven experience in setting negotiation strategies and conducting negotiations.
Strong project management skills, including adhering to stakeholder timelines, and meeting management skills.
Extensive knowledge of the basic types of commercial agreement structures and the function and purpose of key legal terms.
Extensive knowledge of Source to Pay processes and experience with process automation
Experienced at assessing risk and concisely explaining complex issues to principal business owners.
Extremely customer-focused, taking the time to understand the needs of the business.
Experience working in a large, global, highly matrixed organization, and works easily in multi-business unit project settings;
able to facilitate teamwork across corporate boundaries.
Strong analytical and financial skills including the ability to quickly synthesize, distill and draw conclusions on large amounts of disparate data.
Proven written and oral communicator, with strategic, analytical, and interpersonal skills to act as an effective change agent, unlocking barriers to value for priority spend categories.
Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects requiring frequent communication, organization, time management, and problem-solving skills.
Passionate self-starter with the highest integrity and ethics.
Embraces fact based decision making; naturally seeks to leverage and / or integrate market data, spend analytics, and cost modeling.
Master’s Degree (MBA / MS) preferred.