Vendor - Category Strategist

Job ID
Employment Type
Full Time
IT Program Effectiveness
Hours / Pay Period
Dignity Health System Office
Standard Hours
Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Work Schedule
8 Hour
-Remote Opportunity


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


Position Summary:


In the role of Category Strategist you will be part of the ITD Vendor Management Office.  The Category Strategist will be responsible for managing vendor strategy for their assigned categories for a significant total spend (between $50M to $400M).  This will include developing appropriate category strategies, sourcing strategies, negotiations, delivering cost savings and other financial metrics and managing supplier and stakeholder relationships.


Principle Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Manage suppliers, including score carding and active KPI (Key Performance Indicator) monitoring
  • Responsible for managing the creation of category result objectives on a national level
  • Maintain assigned annual cost savings targets.
  • Responsible for monitoring risks and opportunities within the assigned categories
  • Responsible for managing and reporting on category annual operating planning cycle, including yearly planning activities
  • Manage stakeholders and partner with senior level internal stakeholders to align on priorities and needs
  • Manages one or more categories of high complexity using strategic sourcing principles
  • Understands relevant business priorities and needs
  • Owns and oversees contract compliance once agreement is signed
  • Research, select, develop and maintain adequate sources of supply to ensure that the requirements of the category are met with the optimum quality, service and cost of use
  • Ability to successfully meet or exceed business objective through supplier negotiations,
  • Analyze market and supply dynamics related to supplier proposals to develop a matrix of negotiation scenarios
  • Interacts with key stakeholders to guide toward preferred suppliers and develops risk assessments for their category
  • Comprehend and provide constructive input/redlines on legal contract documents related to purchasing terms, conditions, indemnification, intellectual property ownership, etc.
  • Knowledgeable about the markets and how the markets influence price, availability and supply chain.
  • Contribute to an environment in which all team members are respected regardless of their individual differences and are motivated to improve both their individual and team contributions to achieve desired business results.
  • Communication effectively with superior and other who have a need to know.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Five (5) or more years of relevant experience and relationship management skills
  • Experience/knowledge in developing category strategy, strategic sourcing, supplier management, spend analysis, and contract negotiation skills
  • Experience in Information Technology software, hardware, and services procurement
  • Experience managing and influencing relationships at all levels of the organization
  • Must be results-driven
  • Ability to:
    • Comprehend and follow instructions
    • Maintain attention and concentration for necessary periods
    • Synthesize, coordinate, and analyze data, perform simple and repetitive tasks
    • Maintain a work pace appropriate to given work load
    • Perform complex and varied tasks
    • Relate to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions
    • Get along with co-workers and peers
    • Understand the meaning of words and how to use them appropriately and effectively
    • Understand and remember detailed instructions; make independent decisions or exercise judgment based on appropriate information
    • Accept and carry out responsibility for direction, control and planning

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience is preferred


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