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Walgreens Associate Category Manager, Indirect Procurement in DEERFIELD, Illinois

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Job Summary

The Rapid Implementation Team is the newest segment of the growing Walgreens Boots Alliance Procurement Team. The roles within this team will focus primarily on the execution of game changing procurement initiatives aimed at driving optimal value through the organization. Leaders in this role will look beyond traditional procurement practices, helping the organization challenge the status quo to identify breakthrough programs, significantly impacting the value brought to the organization by the Procurement Team. These roles will be responsible for executing and implementing innovative procurement strategies across the organization for indirect goods and services with consistent exposure to the organization’s senior leadership

Job Responsibilities

• Manages day-to-day on-going category supplier relations and seeks out growth or revision opportunities within supply base. Acts as the internal point of contact for supplier management and complaint resolution; conducts regular supplier meetings and implements improvement strategies with suppliers. Creates, nurtures, and enhances supplier relationships.

• Under the direction of Category Manager, develops and executes category sourcing strategies, including development and execution of RFI’s and RFP’s, documents bid events through correspondence to suppliers; develops selection criteria; conducts supplier negotiations and ongoing supplier management.

• Assists with development and implementation of business plans, performance goals and metrics for each assigned category. Collaborates with Operations, Legal, Supply Chain and others as needed on cross-functional sourcing opportunities. Actively seeks ways to streamline business processes; researches and provides information on industry category trends and best practices.

• Collaborates on inventory control, including lifecycle of product, and assists in project management of all sourcing activities. Makes suggestions for opportunities to reduce product and service costs.

• Drives tracking and reporting for assigned spend areas; assists with tracking mechanics and supplier key performance indicators with Category Manager. Performs data analysis and modeling.

• Participates in weekly category review meetings with cross-functional teams to manage category performance.

• Assists with the management of category performance by adhering to internal Savings goals and reviewing financial models for commodity type items. Supports the balancing of spend portfolio for reoccurring managed spend through coordinated sourcing activities that leverage both Expanse and Capital work streams.

• Monitor supplier performance to ensure that delivery dates and technical and contractual requirements are met. Participate in strategic meetings with suppliers and business leaders to ensure implementation of defined strategies.

• Cultivates team morale, motivation, and loyalty through continuous training and mentorship, proving clear communication and constructive feedback.

Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy. Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health, beauty and retail destination supporting communities across the country, and was named to FORTUNE* magazine’s 2019 Companies that Change the World list. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day. As of August 31, 2019, Walgreens operates 9,277 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Walgreens also provides specialty pharmacy and mail services and offers in-store clinics and other health care services throughout the United States, most of which are operated by our health care strategic partners. An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans.

Job ID: 466423BR

Title: Associate Category Manager, Indirect Procurement

Company Indicator: Walgreens

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Job Function: Merchandising/Procurement

Full Store Address: 106 WILMOT RD,DEERFIELD,IL 60015

Full District Office Address: 106 WILMOT RD,DEERFIELD,IL,60015-05123-01106-2

External Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of experience in Retail, Sales, and/or Category Management and/or analyzing related data such as sales trends, assortment selections, or financial planning OR High School equivalent and 5 years of experience in Retail, Sales, and/or Category Management and/or analyzing related data such as sales trends, assortment selections, or financial planning.

  • Knowledge of the procurement lifecycle and procurement best practices.

  • Experience in supplier negotiations and developing/executing sourcing strategies.

  • Experience collaborating with internal and external resources to develop strategies that meet department goals within budget and established timelines.

  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).

  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: applying a theme, formatting character spacing, inserting a picture, changing slide layout and theme colors, adding transitions, customizing slide numbers, changing chart style and/or formatting font).

  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: inserting headers, page breaks, page numbers and tables and/or adjusting table columns).

  • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in coaching, mentoring, and training staff.

  • At least 2 years of experience in negotiating deals.

  • Experience in financial planning and analysis.

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