Category Manager, Marketing at Exact Sciences (Madison, WI)

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Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Category Manager is responsible for the development and execution of category strategies for high spend/complex spend categories. This role has primary accountability for negotiating and contracting with the vendor base in their assigned category(ies), ensuring alignment with the Exact Sciences category governance models and overall Business plans. The Category Manager, in conjunction with key business stakeholders, will develop and maintain a strategic plan for sourcing activities that optimize value across the relevant supplier base for Exact Sciences.

This position will focus on the Marketing Category, beginning with Advertising, Digital and Production Agency spend and expand to include all Marketing-related spend. This position will focus on the Marketing Category, beginning with Advertising, Digital and Production Agency spend and expand to include all Marketing-related spend.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as a SME to develop and implement category management strategies for assigned category or categories. Develops category charter, roles / responsibilities and conducts category meetings.
  • Monitors the external environment to identify new trends and opportunities.
  • Engages business stakeholders to clarify and prioritize the value that is required from the category. Collaborates to establish category targets and tracks progress against targets.
  • Partners to negotiate contracts meeting cost savings and risk mitigation objectives.
  • Ensures development and application of advantageous sourcing strategies, managing strategic vendor selection through proven/approved RFx processes.
  • Provides problem-solving and innovative ideas to support internal customers. Identifies value-generating opportunities (e.g. savings, efficiencies, or revenue growth).
  • Drives an awareness of supplier expectations and requirements within the organization to foster win-win relationships.
  • Monitors overall category strategy development and implementation, suggests changes to the strategy in line with the changing business environment. Identifies and resolves emerging issues with suppliers within category.
  • Plays a key role in the phased roll out of category management across the organization, partnering closely with business stakeholders to ensure business objectives are met.
  • Drives forward aggressive savings initiatives for indirect spend while continuously managing savings pipeline based on key procurement targets.
  • Documents and communicates the savings success and engages business owners in needed process changes.
  • Ensures Category Management policies are followed across the organization through education to impacted departments.
  • Regularly presents to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Leads and manages several varied projects at one time, with frequent changing priorities.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to adapt to a quickly changing work environment with rapidly changing needs and requests.
  • Ability to make decisions with limited information and operate with autonomy.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to organize, present, and convey complex problems or issues within and across other functions.
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company's Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Ability to act with an inclusion mindset and model these behaviors for the organization.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds for approximately 5% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 90% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Ability and means to travel between local Madison Exact Sciences locations.
  • Ability to travel 15% of working time away from work location, may include overnight/weekend travel.



Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in supply chain, finance, or a field related to the essential duties.
  • 7+ years of industry experience in sourcing, supply chain, procurement, or a field related to the essential duties.
  • Demonstrated experience developing category management strategy and successful execution.
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiation and contract management, including a working understanding of contractual terms and conditions and risk mitigation.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 3+ years of experience working within Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, such as SAP.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational sourcing transformation and/or change management specific to implementation of category management strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex and/or detailed information to multiple individuals/audiences with differing knowledge levels.
  • Professional working knowledge with 21 CFR Part 820, ISO 13485, and/or cGMP structured environments.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company's affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.
More Information on Exact Sciences
Exact Sciences operates in the Biotech industry. The company is located in Madison, WI. Exact Sciences was founded in 2022. It has 4190 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 11 open jobs at Exact Sciences, click here.
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