Posted on: July 17, 2021 | Job#: 367380

Category Manager II - Strategic Sourcing - Software

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

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About Gap Inc.

Our brands bridge the gaps we see in the world. Old Navy democratizes style to ensure everyone has access to quality fashion at every price point. Athleta unleashes the potential of every woman, regardless of body size, age or ethnicity. Banana Republic believes in sustainable luxury for all. And Gap inspires the world to bring individuality to modern, responsibly made essentials.     

This simple idea—that we all deserve to belong, and on our own terms—is core to who we are as a company and how we make decisions. Our team is made up of thousands of people across the globe who take risks, think big, and do good for our customers, communities, and the planet. Ready to  learn fast, create with audacity and lead boldly? Join our team.

About the role

The Category Manager II of Strategic Sourcing drives competitive advantage and value creation for sourcing initiatives which they manage. The Category Manager II has responsibility to negotiate and execute complex transactions between Gap business units and suppliers for acquisition of software licensing, hardware items, cloud solutions and related support and professional services. They will manage all aspects of sourcing, including the negotiation of contract terms and pricing, spend and data analysis, process and policy compliance, market research, and the facilitation of ongoing supplier management conversations. The Category Manager II will own planning, implementation, and execution of sourcing strategy for specific areas of focus. The Category Manager II will be responsible for developing strong relationships with business partners and key leaders internally and externally at various levels.

What you'll do

  • Implement and Refine sourcing strategiesthrough 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.)

  • Lead Contract Negotiations for Moderately Complex Suppliersfrom review of initial agreement through negotiation of commercial terms, leveraging a strong understanding of legal and business language in driving to the optimal agreement in support of business objectives.

  • 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 all negotiations, delivering agreements that minimize risk and maximize value to our stakeholders.

Who you are

  • Business Acumen: category expertise in Technology categories (Software, Hardware, Telecommunications, Services).

  • Strategic Orientation: experience leveraging business acumen, market intelligence, and insight to influence and drive strategic impact in technology focused 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.

  • Change Leadership:

    experience leading others to influence others and drive decision-making

  • Experience: 6+ years experience in management consulting, strategic sourcing, technology or supply chain.

  • Familiarity with various software licensing models (perpetual, subscription, SaaS, etc.) and metrics (users, CPUs, cores)

  • Experience planning and leading negotiations from business concept through contract execution

Benefits at Gap Inc.

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet 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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