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Procurement Category Leader


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 Leader will focus on Category planning for Simplot's Construction, Engineering and Capital projects. He/she will be expected to have a continuous portfolio pipeline to drive the procurement process across the entire category landscape. This includes establishing a long-term 3+ year strategy and plan to drive value across the enterprise for the assigned spend categories. Category strategies include spend analysis/mapping, external market analysis, “should-cost” analysis, vendor management and establishing multi-year portfolio for multiple high-level critically, high-level complexity and large sized spend categories. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and develop a team of Category Manager and/or buyers.
  • Develops category plans and portfolios for multiple large sized spend categories with high-level criticality and complexity in the MRO, Construction, Engineering and Operations area.
  • Build strong stakeholder relationships to prioritize and deliver on portfolio projects across all leadership levels of the business.
  • Direct all strategic vendor relationships and performance to ensure delivery of service, quality, cost and supply commitments.
  • Run sourcing projects including RFI, RFP, RFQ and contract development.
  • Implementation of sourcing projects and operationalization of contracts to realize savings.
  • Ensures the utilization of procurement standard processes, tools, and policies.
  • Develops and achieves functional performance metrics and goals.

Typical Education

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

Relevant Experience

  • 8+ years related experience and/or training
  • Knowledge/experience in a commercial/procurement role
  • Knowledge working in business or functional unit supported by the category
  • Excellent sales, presentation, negotiation, and market/data analytic skills
  • High degree of industry experience in the specific category areas
  • MS Office
  • Good sales, presentation, negotiation and market data/analysis skills
  • “Should Cost” modeling
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Experience in corporate capital procurement processes
  • Procurement construction management experience
  • Understanding of procurement project controls and project management tools
  • Ability to speak spanish is preferred


Job Requisition ID: 3179

Travel Required: Up to 50%

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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