Posted on: October 7, 2020 | Job#: 339774

Category Manager II - Software Strategic Sourcing

Full-time | 6001 Green Pointe Dr. S., Groveport, OH, US 43125


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About Gap Inc.

Our past is full of iconic moments — but our future is going to spark many more. Our brands — Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, INTERMIX and Hill City — have dressed people from all walks of life and all kinds of families, all over the world, for every occasion for more than 50 years.

But we’re more than the clothes that we make. We know that business can and should be a force for good, and it’s why we work hard to make product that makes people feel good, inside and out. It’s why we’re committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work. If you're one of the super-talented who thrive on change, aren't afraid to take risks and love to make a difference, come grow with us. 

About the role

The Category Manager II of Software Strategic Sourcing drives competitive advantage and value creation for sourcing initiatives they manage. The Category Manager II Software Strategic Sourcing has responsibility to execute complex transactions between Gap business units and suppliers for acquisition of software licensing and related support and professional services. He or she will manage all aspects of negotiating contract terms and pricing, as well as perform spend and data analysis, ensure process and policy compliance, perform market research, and facilitate ongoing support. The Category Manager II Software Strategic Sourcing will own planning, implementation, and execution of sourcing strategy for specific categories. The Category Manager II Software Strategic Sourcing will be responsible for developing effective relationships with business partners and key leaders internally and externally at various levels.

What you'll do

  • Implement and Refine sourcing strategies through strong technical/functional knowledge, in support of the business’ short-term and long-term plans. Has deep understanding of key strategic sourcing functions (RFI, RFP, RFQ, supplier selection, market intelligence, business partner management, contract management, negotiations, SRM, etc.)
  • Achieve defined category performance targets; hold vendors accountable to performance agreements and implement course corrections and mitigation strategies as needed
  • Build and strengthen strategic relationships: successfully partner across functions and levels with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, Legal, Finance, GapTech and Brands to drive results and influence change
  • External Focus: Has a significant Technology and Software subject matter knowledge and regularly leverages industry experts, associations, peers and stakeholders to identify and benchmark best practices
  • Leverage strong influencing skills to define Strategic Sourcing’s role and align objectives and targets with stakeholders, including senior leadership
  • Provide guidance and mentorship on Strategic Sourcing technical knowledge to junior team members
  • Balance speed and urgency with cost savings in vendor negotiations

Who you are

  • Business Acumen:

    category expertise in Technology categories (Software and Services). Retail knowledge also a plus.

    Ability to interact with senior leaders and demonstrate a professional presence. Ability to learn and quickly develop subject matter expertise

  • Strategic Orientation

    : experience leveraging business acumen, market intelligence, and insight to influence and drive strategic impact in complex categories. Proven ability to assess and adapt to dynamic business environment

  • Sourcing Capability


    manage, plan, and execute complex, global categories to drive short and long-term results through category strategies, leveraging in-depth market knowledge, collaboration and influencing at all levels of a global organization. Excellent planning and prioritization skills with ability to adapt to change quickly

  • Personal Leadership

    : demonstrated executive presence, presentation, influencing, and collaboration across a leadership team.

  • Change Leadership:

    experience leading without authority to influence others and drive decision-making

  • Experience:

    6+ years professional experience in management consulting, strategic sourcing, technology or supply chain. Experience in a dynamic organization with experience in sourcing. Familiarity with various software licensing models (perpetual, subscription, SaaS, etc.) and metrics (users, CPUs, cores, etc.). Familiarity with asset management, virtual and cloud computing concepts. Experience planning and leading negotiation

  • Education:

    Bachelor's degree in business administration, supply chain management, technology or related discipline; MBA or advanced degree preferred

Benefits at Gap Inc.

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, 30% off at Outlet and 25% off at Athleta for all employees.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
  • Employees can take up to five “on the clock” hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee’s base pay.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
  • See more of the benefits we offer.

*For eligible employees

Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. We have received numerous awards for our long-held commitment to equality and will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging. This year, we’ve been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Humans Rights Campaign for the fourteenth consecutive year and have been included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second year in a row.


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