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Category Manager - Operations, Senior-Level

Springfield, VA 22151

Posted: 02/06/2023 Telecommute: Hybrid Specialty: Supply Chain Job Number: 11625 Employment Type: Direct Hire

Job Description

Our client is one of the leading utility companies in the Washington, DC Metro area.  They are looking for a Senior Category Manager of Operations to join their team. As a Senior Category Manager, you will be responsible for managing operations related categories including, but not limited to, Meter Services, Leak Repair/Survey, Locating, and Corrosion.  If you know the ins and outs of sourcing and are ready to hit the ground running, please apply!


This role is located in Springfield, VA, and may offer some remote opportunities. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, and challenging organization that is highly focused on results. Per our client contract, candidates must be Green Card holders or U.S. Citizens.


  • Develops and implements the materials and fleet strategy (short/long) and budget
  • Creates and implements multi-year category plans that will meet the Supply Chain Department’s service level goals and corporate profit
  • Corporate expert for assigned categories, and awareness of market drivers, supplier base, emerging technologies, regulatory factors, and category spend by supplier
  • Manages the Supply Chain process from identification of need through contract completion
  • Performs market analysis and financial analysis to determine business risk associated with a supplier or contract
  • Achieves the best possible quality, reliability, price, continuity, and delivery while adhering to the department’s budget
  • Maintains adequate levels of inventory and leverages demand amongst utilities to further enhance inventory levels


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Economics, Engineering, Finance, or related fields
  • 5+ Years years of experience and expertise in Supply Chain sourcing for contract services and goods.

  • Direct and proven experience in Strategic Sourcing, Inventory Management, and strong negotiation skills with proven record of successful supplier relations
  • Knowledge of Supply Chain Management best practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of external markets and experience developing the necessary strategies to mitigate/ take advantage of conditions that impact cost or sources of supply
  • Demonstrated strategic, project management, process improvement, innovation, and team building skills
  • Strong knowledge of contract terminology, structure, and risk mitigation principles
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with ability to manage competing priorities
  • Demonstrable history of meeting or exceeding targets for savings, risk mitigation and stakeholder approval
  • Proven experience in collaboration and team building skills across the enterprise
  • Per our client contract, candidates must be Green Card holders or U.S. Citizens


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Utility experience
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) or Six Sigma training or certification
  • Exposure to digital procurement tools such as PowerAdvocate, SAP/Ariba, PowerBI, GEP, Ivalua, etc.

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