Category Manager-IT

Location US | US-IL-Northbrook | US-NC-Research Triangle Park
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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

Reporting to the Director Global Sourcing, the Category Manager will lead the development and execution of plans for the IT category and implement a range of sourcing initiatives to support those plans. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • Develop IT category plans and sourcing strategies containing a portfolio of key initiatives. 
  • Lead or support category planning and execution.
  • Lead key IT sourcing initiatives, achieving best value within acceptable risk.
  • Contribute to the development of the annual pipeline of IT sourcing initiatives.
  • Rationalize the number of IT suppliers and reduce fragmentation in the spend base to simplify the supplier landscape and drive commercial efficiency.
  • Manage key IT suppliers to ensure that all contractual obligations are met, initiatives are performing against business case and that issues and disputes are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Build and enhance relationships with strategic IT suppliers to deliver high levels of service while maintaining best-in-class commercial terms and conditions.
  • Perform other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Information Technology, Supply Management, or related field
  • CPM/CPSM certification a plus 
  • 5+ years of experience in developing and executing strategies in IT categories
  • Familiarity with IT technologies available in the marketplace today
  • Solves complex problems and takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions
  • Comfortable interacting and presenting to senior leadership.
  • Ability to work independently with guidance in only the most complex situations and lead functional teams/projects
  • Proven track record of delivering significant and sustainable cost reductions through effective development and execution of IT sourcing strategy
  • Superior relationship management and cross-functional leadership skills
  • Experienced sourcing practitioner, understanding of best-practice sourcing methodology and a demonstrated track record of working ethically to achieve excellent outcomes
  • Knowledge of standard commercial contracting practices and procedures.
  • Ability to interpret and summarize contractual terms for internal clients, such as license rights, product entitlements, intellectual property, and use restrictions.
  • Ability to take a hands-on approach to analyze and interpret spend data is support of sourcing initiatives and UL business objectives.
  • Strong process management, organizational and effective time management skills.
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. 

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.


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