Category Manager - Telecom

Careers at Bloomberg

New York

Posted Aug 3, 2012 - Requisition No. 34091

The Role

Reporting to the IT Category Lead, the Telecom Category Manager is accountable for development and execution of the Telecom Category strategies and responsible for contributing to development and execution of enterprise category strategies to optimize value. The Telecom Category Manager will strive towards continuous vendor improvement and effectively manage relationships with key category vendors and business stakeholders. The Telecom Category Manager will help to develop and sustain vendor and customer relationships and also assist in ensuring accountability exists within the managed category and performance is tracked rigorously.

  • Deep and current understanding of global Telecom supply/commodity markets and leverage Sourcing methodologies to drive the Telecom category
  • Responsible for end to end management of assigned category, including the category strategy, category sourcing plan, projects, category process and policies and managing to the spend and savings targets for the category
  • Align with global function and business leaders on their needs and develop global category strategy and council(s) to drive and support functional and business needs
  • Responsible for spend and contract management for assigned category
  • Responsible for assessing and managing global supply risk
  • Responsible for supplier relationship management and global coordination
  • Responsible for continuous quality and service from global suppliers to support efficient business operations
  • Accountable for global category spend savings targets and objectives
  • Lead global category supplier relationships and sourcing opportunities, including RFPs, negotiations, etc. if applicable
  • Accountable for global contract agreements and addendums and ensure valid local contracts are in place
  • Accountable for internal stakeholder KPIs for enterprise/global category(s) and support supplier scorecard for external stakeholder KPIs
  • Share SME knowledge across other business units and support cross BU activities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 7 -10 years broad-based experience across supply chain, with particular focus in purchasing, strategic sourcing, contract negotiation, competitive price analysis, supplier relationship management and performance management
  • Deep expertise in the Telecom category, understanding of current market conditions demonstrated ability to drive savings using different category strategies
  • Experience managing and leading a team of category or sourcing specialists
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact in a cross-functional environment with all levels of executive management
  • Effective written and oral communications
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Certified Professional Purchaser (CPP) designation / Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is a plus
  • Strong understanding of the industry is desirable
  • Understanding of and experience in contract law and applicable legislation

The Company

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company's strength- delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately- is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 300,000 subscribers globally. Bloomberg's enterprise solutions build on the company's core strength, leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organizations more efficiently and effectively. Through Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the company provides data, news and analytics to decision makers in industries beyond finance. And Bloomberg News, delivered through the Bloomberg Professional service, television, radio, mobile, the Internet and two magazines, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets, covers the world with more than 2,300 news and multimedia professionals at 146 bureaus in 72 countries. Headquartered in New York, Bloomberg employs more than 13,000 people in 185 locations around the world.

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