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Category Lead

Date: Mar 6, 2019

Location: Lakewood, CO, US

Company: Terumo BCT, Inc.

Requisition ID:  22364  


JOB TITLE:  Category Lead (Indirect)




As a Category Lead, you will create and implement sourcing strategies for at least one complex services category (e.g. Corporate Services (HR, ITS, Finance, Clinical), Facilities, Sales & Marketing, I&D, etc.).  A Category Lead focuses on maximizing leveraged spend, spend under management, and applies consistent and best practice market diligence, costing, negotiation and compliance methods to each spending category.  Category Leads manage the development, implementation and ongoing support of category strategies at a global and regional level to support the accelerated pace of our business.


Above and beyond strategic sourcing activities, a Category Lead needs to align with customer objectives, capitalizing on transformational opportunities and drive overall value including achieving revenue and savings targets. Category Leads must discern external variables (supply markets, cost drivers, industry trends) and the internal landscape (culture, organizational structure, priorities) to create strong internal and external relationships and successfully develop category strategies.


  • Focus on minimizing cost and maximizing value in the procurement process by applying best practices across assigned categories.
  • Seek out cost reduction opportunities and take initiative to achieve savings goals.
  • Share accountability for business results by identifying and implementing strategies and solutions that improve business performance.
  • Develop and execute sourcing strategies within a matrixed team of sourcing professionals from different geographic, cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds.
  • Drive supplier rationalization strategies, supplier negotiations, spend under management, benchmarking, and other process improvements.
  • Lead supplier selection process across multiple categories, internal teams, and regions.
  • Manages supplier relationships, facilitate periodic business reviews and maintain overall supplier performance (Supplier Relationship Management).
  • Independently negotiate and draft contracts using legal templates in accordance with business requirements.
  • Participate and engage cross-functionally with other areas of the company to ensure sourcing initiatives and interests are represented.
  • Ensure compliance with policies and programs in alignment with sourcing strategies.
  • Participate in processing of purchase requisitions, purchase orders and other activities to meet business expectations and requirements as needed.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation, improvement and compliance of procurement policies and procedures.



  • Proficient in procurement processes, category management, contract management, financial/data analysis, market analysis, supplier analysis, supplier management, technology utilization and strategic planning
  • Significant experience in managing the procurement lifecycle for major projects, including RFx development, drafting Statements of Work, contract negotiations, and contract fulfilment.
  • Experience with strategic sourcing, outsourcing, global sourcing, supplier management and contract/risk management.
  • Provide strong business acumen and strategic alignment with key business partners within the company and within the Indirect Procurement team, mentoring functional procurement knowledge to show value as well as leverage cross functional accountability to deliver value and manage risk
  • Must be analytical with the ability to think strategically and globally
  • Ability to get things done and multi-task; acts with a sense of urgency; willingly takes on tactical roles to achieve objectives; able to prioritize.
  • Demonstrated high degree of independence, requiring minimal supervision from senior management
  • Solid negotiation skills.
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • SAP, eProcurement experience is highly desired.

Education / Experience

  • Minimum 8 years in Sourcing or Procurement
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job may be considered.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • C.P.M., C.P.P or C.P.P.C. Certification a plus
  • APICS and/or CPSM certification or willingness to work towards same.


  • Some travel may be required in support of regional and global categorization of Indirect Services.



Typical Office Environment requirements include: reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, walking, bending, sitting, and occasional lifting to 20 pounds.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service.


Terumo BCT is committed to providing a safe and secure working environment.  We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and detailed background verification checks.  To this end, all employment offers for positions in the U.S. are conditional upon successful completion of Terumo BCT's pre-employment screening process.  As of January 1, 2017 the Terumo BCT Lakewood, Colorado location will be a tobacco-free workplace. For more information about Terumo BCT, visit our website

Join Terumo BCT as we unlock the potential of blood. We are a global leader in blood component and cellular technologies, and the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing, and pathogen reduction coupled with leading technologies in therapeutic apheresis and cell processing. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers.


As the largest medical device manufacturing company headquartered in Colorado, we are home to more than 2,300 associates and our products are in use in more than 125 countries and territories. Our Global footprint includes more than 5,500 associates and partners with regional headquarters in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo.


Our company has almost $1B in annual revenues and has been voted and recognized as:

  • Largest corporate sponsor in Rocky Mountain Region for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
  • Winner of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) BEST Award for providing exceptional employee learning and talent development (2011 & 2012)
  • One of Colorado’s Healthiest Employers by Denver Business Journal (2014 & 2015)
  • Recipient of the Way to Go Employer award through the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) 2015


Our award-winning culture embraces:

  • Leading technology through innovation and R&D
  • Wellness programs
  • Commitment to quality
  • An environment that values, respects and rewards your individual contributions
  • A philosophy of intentional growth and responsiveness to world health issues


Click Here to see what our associates have to say about our culture.


Each associate has a positive impact on our future by:

  • Connecting to the lives of the patients we ultimately serve
  • Growing through professional and leadership development activities
  • Sharing company success through incentive plans


If you are the best at what you do and want to do work that is changing the delivery of healthcare globally, we invite you to work with us now to see how we can unlock your potential.

Nearest Major Market: Denver

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