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Category Specialist - Professional Services - Decatur, IL


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Job Title: Category Specialist - Professional Services - Decatur, IL
Location: Decatur, IL, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Commodities and Trading
Career Type: Specialists
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
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Category Specialist, Professional Services - Decatur, IL
This is a full-time, exempt position

Position Summary
An opportunity has arisen for a Category Specialist on the 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, such as Benefits, Travel &
Entertainment, Consultancy, HR Services, Insurance, and more, 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;

· Negotiate category's procurement activities, strategic sourcing, supplier management and
contract management leveraging company's 7 steps 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 implementation;

· 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;

· Establish and evaluate performance metrics for category and own cost saving results.


Your Profile
· Bachelor's Degree preferably in Supply Management, Operations, Business or Engineering
· Minimum 5 years business experience with 2 years preferably in procurement (Professional
Services or related category)

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

· Strong analytical skills with a deep understanding of financial analysis; ability to analyze
data as well as draw out and communicate insights

· Capable of creating pre-negotiation strategy including company's Best Alternative To a
Negotiated Agreement (BATNA)

· Experience in negotiation of complex agreements; commercial skills and familiarity with
contract law is a must

· Strong communication skills in English, both verbal and written (fluent in other languages a
strong plus)

· Familiarity with multiple source-to-pay systems (eg. COUPA, Ariba, Maximo) and ERP
software (JDE, SAP, etc.)

· Global awareness (culture, currencies, geography, and political)
· Professional Purchasing Certification
· Experience in Food/ Agri-business industry
· Experience in LEAN Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and/or project management; Strong Project
Execution is a must

· Familiarity with E-sourcing tools (Ariba, Bravo, etc.)

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.


ADM is an EOE for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Relocation is available with this position.

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Job Post Date: 09/12/20
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