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ADM Category Leader- Professional Services, Procurement – Decatur, IL in Decatur, Illinois

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Category Leader- Professional Services, Procurement – Decatur, IL


Global Procurement

Job Description:

Category Leader- Professional Services, Procurement – Decatur, IL

This is a full time, exempt position

Position Summary

An opportunity has arisen for a Category Leader on the Global Professional Services Procurement team based in Decatur, IL. The main purpose of this role is to 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 Global Professional Services Category Director, the main duties of this role will include:

  • Strategic management of Professional Services categories, with a primary focus on the Global Benefits category 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;

  • Develop an annual plan for value delivery based on organizational goals/objectives and marketplace knowledge;

  • Strategically negotiate category's service agreements, including strong KPIs against which to measure partners’ performance;

  • Lead category’s supplier relationship management activities, leveraging ADM’s formal Supplier Relationship Management Program;

  • Lead category’s contract management activities, leveraging ADM’s Seven 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 strategy implementation;

  • Streamline P2P Process by ensuring consistency and best practices sharing across Businesses;

  • 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;

  • Proactively engage internal stakeholders to align objectives, jointly develop category strategies, and communicate market and sourcing information;

  • Establish and evaluate performance metrics for category;

  • Own cost saving, cost avoidance, and revenue results.

Your Profile

  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Supply Management, Operations, Business, or other applicable field

  • Minimum 8 years business experience, preferably with 4 years in procurement (Professional Services or related category)

  • Strong interpersonal skills, exhibiting the ability to establish trust and credibility with business unit leaders and other functional stakeholders and engage, communicate with, and influence mid- to senior-level stakeholders (internal and external)

  • Strong analytical skills with a deep understanding of financial analysis, the ability to quickly yet thoroughly analyze data, as well as extrapolate and communicate insights from such analysis

  • Capable of creating pre-negotiation strategy, including determining company’s Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA)

  • Experience in negotiation of complex agreements

  • Commercial skills and familiarity with contract law

  • Strong project execution capabilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English (fluency in other languages is an advantage)

  • Familiarity with multiple source-to-pay systems (e.g. Coupa, Ariba, Maximo) and ERP software (JDE, SAP, etc.)

  • Global awareness (culture, currencies, geography, and political)

  • Professional Purchasing Certification preferred

  • Experience in Food/ Agri-business industry preferred

  • Experience in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and/or project management;

  • Familiarity with E-sourcing tools (Ariba, BravoSolution, etc.)

Our Offer

  • Challenging tasks, short decision-making processes, and a high level of personal responsibility in a modern work environment with flexible work time models

  • Opportunity to lead initiatives with high visibility from executive leadership of the company

  • Room for innovative thinking and growth, with the possibility to manage your own career path

  • A company culture which promotes continuous learning and diversity

  • Excellent career opportunities in a world-leading nutrition company

  • An attractive remuneration, including a variety of medical, financial, and social benefits

ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veteran status.

Relocation is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.




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ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

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