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Sr. Category Manager - IT

Date:  May 21, 2023

Milwaukee, WI, US

Requisition ID: 26076 


A Career in Beer:   

Our purpose at MillerCoors, a Molson-Coors Company, is to delight the world’s beer drinkers.   We are the world’s family brewer, brewing and selling our beer for over 350 years around the world. 


We are Talent Brewers - we believe in our brands and our people; we believe that a truly inspiring and diverse place to work is a must.  We want you to join our team of passionate self-starters who believe the world is full of untapped opportunities. So iIf you get fired up about making a real difference as part of a winning team like we do then we want to hear from you.


The Headlines

In the role of IT Sr. Category Manager working in Milwaukee, WI, you will be part of the Procurement team.  The  IT Sr. Category Manager will be responsible for leading the category team covering multiple areas of purchases or a significant total spend (between $300M-$1B.)  This will include developing appropriate category strategies, sourcing strategies, negotiations, cultivating healthy team culture, delivering cost savings and other financial metrics and managing supplier and stakeholder relationships.


You will lead departmental operations in IT Procurement towards the vision of a high-performance team culture and drive change management initiatives to continually improve our process operations to meet World Class Operations Standards. 


This role is also responsible for establishing and delivering the team strategy, executing projects on time and on budget, developing favorable cost savings and diverse spend initiatives, minimize risk exposure associated with supplier contracts and implementing process improvement. You will bring a working knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of procurement, contract administration and various forms of licensing to be suitable for this role. This position reports to the Director of Procurement - G&A/IT  and works extensively with cross functional teams.


The Responsibilities:


  • Defining technology sourcing strategies for IT products, services, solutions and digital platforms aligned to business unit objectives and priorities.
  • Working closely with stakeholders to lead major sourcing programs, including collaborative relationships with procurement teams and overall project management.
  • Developing and managing a high-performance technology sourcing team responsible for supporting all technology supplier-related and sourcing-related functions.
  • Keeping abreast of industry trends that have an impact on the technology sourcing strategy, through external advisory services, internal vendor management teams and good working relationships with existing and emerging strategic vendors used by the enterprise.
  • Presenting all pertinent supplier and/or industry trends to stakeholders and immediate management and proposing updates and improvements to existing strategies.
  • Develop, through a collaborative and inclusive approach, a technology sourcing strategy that delivers against corporate IT and business strategy priorities and translates corporate IT and business imperatives into effective IT sourcing strategies.
  • Identify and evaluate the best options for supply, which may include acquisition of technology products, outsourcing or insourcing, or other alternatives.
  • Strong contracting skills especially in Software as a Service contracts and large-scale technology platforms such as SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft, etc.
  • Daily management and on-going development of team members within the category team
  • Manage suppliers, including score carding and active KPI monitoring
  • Maintain an annual cost savings target of $3M-$10M per year
  • Responsible for managing and reporting on category annual operating planning cycle, including yearly planning activities



The Qualifications:

  • 8 or more years in Information Technology sourcing and/or procurement and/or vendor management with people management experience and at least four to five years as a technology sourcing or category manager.
  • 4 or more years of direct people management leadership experience.
  • A professional in charge of guiding, monitoring, and leading a team of IT Procurement professionals.
  • Create an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture, set clear team goals, delegate task, and set deadlines.
  • Experience in evaluating support agreements and the yearly true-up and demand management requirements.
  • Strong experience in leading negotiations for large-scale enterprise deal structures with major IT suppliers in Outsourcing, Telecom, Digital and SaaS categories.
  • Excellent contracting skills and ability to interact with various other support functions- Legal, Finance, Risk Management.
  • Other functional experience — particularly in IT, business strategy, business analysis or finance is required.
  • Strong ability to translate stakeholder requirements into technology sourcing practices and business outcomes.
  • Outsourcing (including business process outsourcing) or digital business experience and contract negotiation is an advantage.
  • Comfortable in addressing strategic supplier relationships and developing strategies that look to reduce overall cost or risk.
  • A broad understanding of technology sourcing trends and their potential implications to the business.
  • Experience in beverage or fast-moving consumer goods
  • SAP experience and proficient Microsoft is desired
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, but MBA or Master’s is preferred


Required Knowledge and Skills 

  • Demonstrated leadership, especially team leadership, professional development, and organizational skills, in a cross-cultural environment in a job with a similar level of responsibility.
  • Current knowledge of the global technology products and services market and its trends
  • Knowledge of the sources of data and analytics to support the development and execution of sourcing strategies
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and stakeholder-influencing skills
  • Proficient in financial analysis, strategy formation, SaaS tools, process improvements and business case development.Core competencies:
  • Decisiveness: Leaders must make difficult decisions — often quickly — and justify their choices to colleagues and employees. Some decisions will be of minor consequence, while many leaders are “born” in periods of great adversity or stress — they rise to the occasion and make the quick decisions that inspire confidence.
  • Critical Thinking: Like other leadership skills, your ability to think through complex problems and scenarios can be sharpened through your education. The more you learn, the more you can analyze and posit questions, answers, and solutions. Critical thinking enhances your ability to be more decisive and to that end, make better choices for employees and your organization.
  • Motivation: One trait great leaders have in common is their ability to inspire and influence others, and if you are managing people, you must learn what motivates them.
  • Integrity: Perhaps now more than ever, honesty and ethics matter in the workplace. To be a leader, you must possess a level of integrity that earns you the respect of those working for you and working above you. Among other things, integrity helps you build credibility with those in your orbit, and that is essential to your overall success.
  • Team Building: Like motivation, your team building skills will go a long way toward creating unification and harmony in the workplace. As a leader, you will need to be collaborative, and if you already know what it takes to motivate your team, you will have an easier time bringing them together to accomplish projects large and small.


Work Perks that You Need to Know About:  

  • As the world’s family brewer, we have the scale to make big things happen and still get to know colleagues on a first name basis across the globe
  • We play our part to make a difference – from charitable donations to hitting the streets together to build parks – giving back to the community is part of our culture and who we are
  • Flexible work programs to ensure a work life balance is maintained
  • You can become a Certified Beer Enthusiast through in-house training that includes everything from brewing techniques to beer tasting and food pairings  
  • Access to cool brand clothing and swag, top events, beer allotment, an Employee Assistance Program and discount plans
  • Participation in our Total Rewards program with a competitive base salary, incentive plans, parental leave, health, dental and other benefits
  • Work within a fast paced and innovative company, meeting passionate colleagues and partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences


Job Posting Grade: 13 


At Molson Coors we seek diversity. Differing perspectives lead to challenging the expected, which keeps new ideas bubbling up. We’re an equal opportunity employer and invite applications from candidates from all backgrounds, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic. We take pride in celebrating our unique brew.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee