Senior Category Manager

City of Hope

Irvine, CA

Job posting number: #7092395 (Ref:10013817)

Posted: January 17, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Hybrid (80% Remote)

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

The Senior Category Manager is responsible for developing and driving category specific strategies in their assigned areas (e.g. medical supplies, non-medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, Facilities or Professional Services), into strategic and actionable categories, with a focus on "best value" and Total Cost of Ownership. Acting on own initiative, this position is responsible for all aspects of sourcing RFx activities, establishing supply partnerships, purchasing, coordinating and scheduling delivery for all direct, indirect and professional goods and services, as assigned. Provides the insight for category management, policy, supplier/material master data accuracy and supply standards (supplier, goods and services). Develops alternate sources of supply when vendors and suppliers are inadequate, such as analyzing markets and key commodities for supplier management.

Key Responsibilities include:

Sourcing & Category Management:

  • Facilitates the achievements of the objectives of Category Management with the goal of attaining Medical & Pharmacy Supplies and Services that offer an optimal balance of quality, service, availability and value.
  • Develops RFIs, RFQs and RFPs for services and products, including bid specifications, terms and conditions, bid evaluation and vendor selection.
  • Vendor Management - conducts audits to ensure vendor compliance and assess vendor performance. Works closely with key stakeholders to develop effective cost reduction strategies Analyzes assigned products, services and contracts with the goal of attaining the best value decision.
  • Provides category and spend informatics support and project management for the analysis of business, financial, and operational data that will be utilized to develop opportunities for changes in process and operations to include standardization and utilization of resources (supplies, equipment, and services.)

Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) in Supply Chain Management, Business or another related field. A Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Three to Five years’ experience in Strategic Sourcing and/or deep Category

Personal Skills:

  • Highly developed Emotional Intelligence.
  • Able to lead, influence and build consensus with stakeholders across multiple levels to secure needed results.
  • Adaptable, flexible, persuasive, proactive, encouraging, and motivating.
  • Logical mindset to analyze work assignments and proactively resolve problems
  • Must be detail oriented, highly organized, and able to manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Can work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

Business Skills:

  • Strong Sourcing Analytical Skills and Tools is a must
  • Proficiency with Excel and Power Point
  • Experienced Contract Development & Management, Supplier Relationship Management, and Negotiation Techniques
  • Experience with Procurement related ERP system (such as PeopleSoft) is a plus
  • Ability to run sourcing projects focused on the acquisition of goods and services, negotiate pricing and related business terms from concept to contract.

Sourcing Category Expertise:

  • Analyzes and documents relevant business processes.
  • Defines, documents and reviews functional requirements.
  • Conducts detailed spend analysis for assigned sourcing categories and formulate conclusions.
  • Develops and maintains industry knowledge to be consider a subject matter expert for assigned sourcing categories
  • Ability to understand financial statement
  • Ability to demonstrate the understanding of the impact of implementing new price agreements
  • Vendor Management
  • Adheres to and enforces department standards, policies, procedures and industry best practices.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Additional Information:

  • To protect the health of patients and staff and to comply with new State of California mandates, City of Hope staff are required to show proof of full vaccination by September 30, 2021.  Compliance is a condition of employment.  

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.


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