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IT Procurement Category Manager


Boise, ID, US, 83702-6924

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


The Category Manager will conduct the sourcing, selection and execution of IT vendors and services across the business. Sourcing projects will follow a defined sourcing process and require strong project management and sourcing expertise. These activities include stakeholder communication, spend analytics, project charter development, sourcing strategy development & execution (RFX, focused negotiation, demand management, etc.) contracting, and operationalization of the contract with the stakeholder. The Category Manager is responsible for helping establish a long‑term, 3‑year category plan to drive value across the enterprise for the assigned spend area. This strategy development work is done in partnership with the various business unit stakeholders across the enterprise. Category strategies include spend analytics/mapping, external market analysis, vendor management, and establishing/managing a multi‑year project portfolio.


*Simplot HQ is working on a hybrid model. Employees are required to work in the office 3 days a week.

Key Responsibilities

  • Initiate vendor research and solution exploration; conduct spend analysis, analyze external market drivers and contract with vendors to deliver stakeholder requirements. Continuously engage with contracted vendors to ensure delivery of services, quality, cost containment, and supply commitments.
  • Lead sourcing projects including RFI, RFP, RFQ and contract development
  • Implement sourcing projects and operationalization of contracts to realize company benefits. Partner with Procurement Service Line (PSL) to ensure new vendor setup and notify stakeholders of new vendor relationships / benefits.
  • Initiate and execute contracting documents including MNDA’s, MSA’s and SOW’s. Participate in and lead vendor relationship and performance management reviews, as required.
  • Manage a dynamic portfolio of projects and suppliers with a focus on AQSCIR.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and procurement teams to develop and execute comprehensive category plan(s) for assigned spend.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university

Relevant Experience

  • 3+ years related experience and/or training
  • Previous experience with Ariba, Power BI, and Microsoft applications
  • Contract review and negotiations and general procurement experience is a plus.

Job Requisition ID: 9783

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): Simplot Headquarters - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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