Thermo Fisher Scientific Sr. Category Leader – Software & Services in Carlsbad, California

Job Description

How you’ll make an impact

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, and you’ll be valued and recognized for your performance. With talented managers and inspiring coworkers to support you, you’ll find the resources and opportunities to make significant

What you’ll do

As the Sr. Category Leader – You’ll be responsible for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s software and professional services spend of approximately $150 million annually across 400+ sites. Responsible for strategic sourcing activities and supplier management functions. You’ll develop sourcing strategy aligned with functional / business objectives, build organizational strength, create robust sourcing strategies, negotiate agreements, manage strategic supplier relationships, and drive continuous improvement driving year over year savings. You’ll Act as a key business partner to key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • IT sourcing interface with all Thermo Fisher divisions ensuring alignment of strategies and commitments.

  • Implement and support the company’s IT Strategy and Plan objectives, timelines and goals. Align the Strategic Sourcing plans to enable IT investments and operations.

  • Analyze cross-divisional spend and develop global strategic sourcing plans to reduce total cost of ownership for all business units.

  • Demonstrate a measurable reduction in year over year total cost of ownership for the goods and/or services being sourced without compromising quality and/or service levels.

  • Provide thought leadership in developing and implementing sourcing strategies.

  • Create subcategory strategies using cross functional teams and sourcing process diligence.

  • Manage contracting process and lead coordination with Legal to ensure commercial relationships are appropriately documented

  • Utilize and champion eSourcing, Spend Visibility, and P2P tools company-wide

  • Manage the supplier qualification, RFP, supplier selection, contract development, implementation, compliance, and ongoing supply base management process related to software and professional services

  • Manage relationships with the IT stakeholders and the suppliers

How you will get here

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Graduate Degree in Business (Preferred)

  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or equivalent experience

  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience in negotiating software and professional services agreements

  • Experience in a continuous improvement environment with a track record of achieving significant savings year over year

  • Strong negotiation and presentation skills

  • Strong knowledge of the strategic sourcing process

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong computer technology skills

  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills

  • Requires ability to deal with ambiguity and the corresponding capacity to make decisions or recommendations based on potentially incomplete information

  • Must be able to work across all functions and levels of an organization

  • 0-10% U.S. travel

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.