Category Manager APAC
Dimension Data
Johannesburg, South Africa
8d ago

Category Manager APAC

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The Category Manager is a senior position in the Strategic Procurement job family. The primary responsibility of the Category Manager is to lead strategic sourcing of direct categories which are products directly related to the primary business of Dimension Data such as IT hardware, software and services.

He / She takes full ownership of the category and optimally manage the supply of categories to meet business objectives.

The Category Manager is responsible for strategic sourcing which involves a procurement-led analysis to identify and provide recommendations to leverage growth opportunities and manage category spend in order to optimize profitability

The Category Manager uses his / her strong understanding of the product category, market, and growth opportunities to develop as well as implement category sourcing strategies and action plans aligned to business goals.

This individual applies a set of processes and implements projects that seek to create value and reduce costs by aggregating demand and rationalizing the supply base.

He / She builds a clear understanding of the organization’s key value objectives for the category, then develop a set of executable strategies that meet those objectives.

The Category Manager evaluates not only the full cycle of a contract or supplier life cycle, but also looks holistically at the life cycle of the value chains which consume the products and services in the spend categories.

What you'll be doing

Develop and implement strategy and action plans

The Category Manager is responsible for strategic sourcing which involves a procurement-led analysis to identify and provide recommendations to leverage growth opportunities and manage category spend in order to optimize profitability.

The Category Manager analyzes category, consumer, competitor and trade information and regularly conduct audits to keep current with industry trends and pricing dynamics in their category.

The individual must also be adept at managing the complexities of interdependent relationships present in the procure to sell business model.

Perform strategic sourcing

The Category Manager is responsible for strategic sourcing which involves a procurement-led analysis. The key activities performed by this individual include but are not limited to :

  • Profile the category
  • Aggregating demand
  • Using spend analytics to derive actionable strategic initiatives to support business requirements
  • Develop sourcing strategy
  • Analyse supply market to identify potential suppliers
  • Evaluate suppliers
  • Negotiate and award the contract
  • Transition and implement the contract
  • Monitor supplier performance
  • They actively manage the product portfolio to optimise total profitability.
  • Business development

    The Category Manager identifies and provides recommendations to leverage growth opportunities and assist the business with initiatives in order to deliver the business financial objectives.

    They act as the Commercial Lead on all category projects agreed with internal clients.

    Manage stakeholder relationships

    The individual manages communication with key stakeholders which include but are not limited to client partners, senior management and country procurement team members to ensure an understanding of broad issues, consensus building and discussion of critical category related issues and plans.

    The Category Manager also develops professional and effective relationships with suppliers and Dimension Data OEM partners which upholding Dimension Data’s key principles of ethics and integrity.

    Conduct research

    The Category Manager analyzes category, consumer, competitor and trade information and regularly conduct audits to keep current with industry trends and pricing dynamics in the consumer-product space.

    Produce and analyse reports

    The Category Manager provides reports to senior managers on category growth and share development. These individuals identify and close gaps in order to meet and exceed key performance indicators.

    Behavioural skills

    The Category Manager should have proven management skills, effective communication and the ability to work cross functionally as well as with country procurement teams.

    The individual should possess the ability to coach and mentor others in order to facilitate better efficiency and integration between teams as well as interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain solid stakeholder relationships.

    What would make you a good fit for this role?

    Other Skills

  • Software skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)
  • Experience in supporting a shared service centre (preferred)
  • Process oriented and able to work under pressure.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Good communication skills in English, Bahasa Malaysia or other local dialects.
  • Ability to relate to cross-cultural processes and country sensitivities.
  • Possess knowledge of market trends and competitor analysis
  • Individual should be highly numerate and have experience with costing and pricing
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of IT industry environment and business needs
  • Possess a good understanding of developing a category operating plan, demonstrate strategic thinking ability and the ability to identify strategic opportunities
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate good client relationship building and engagement skills
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, driving standards of performance
  • Possess the ability to drive change
  • Possess the ability to manage urgent and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Expected Competences

    Analysis : Breaks down a problem, situation or process into its component parts, separates the main issues from side issues, understands the nature of parts and their relationship to one another.

    Seeks out and critically evaluates both numerical and narrative information. Draws accurate conclusions.

    Planning & Organizing : Sets clear and realistic goals and objectives. Establishes a course of action and a sequence of steps to ensure that activities and objectives are efficiently achieved.

    Is structured with good personal organization. Schedules time effectively and use efficient work methods and tools.

    Decision Making : Makes timely and appropriate choices based on accurate analysis and experience. Uses sound judgment even in conditions of uncertainty.

    Anticipates impact of decisions and plans how to manage risk.

    Customer Orientation : Is focused on identifying and meeting customer needs. Acts to establish a successful long-term business partnership with internal and external customers.

    Teamwork : Works cooperatively with others to achieve target and objectives. Accomplishes own tasks to support team goals and actively offers to help colleagues.

    Supports group decisions.

    Accountability : Acts responsibly. Can be counted on to keep commitments. Complies with the intent of policies, procedures and agreements.

    Builds others' trust in own professionalism, integrity, expertise and ability to get results.

    Communication : Provides both verbal and written information in a timely, clear and concise manner. Expresses ideas effectively, adjusting style, tools and mode to the needs of others.

    Listens attentively, and summarizes or asks questions, when needed, to clarify information.

    Commitment to excel : Challenges self and others to exceed standards and achieve extraordinary results, striving for best in class.

    Is not easily deterred when obstacles or delay are encountered.

    Expected Experience

  • At least 5 years of sourcing and category management experience
  • Experience in IT services / Reseller business environment preferred
  • Experience with product purchasing, financial analysis and inventory control
  • Expected Qualiications

  • Degree holder in IT / Engineering discipline
  • Join our growing global team and accelerate your career with Dimension Data. Apply today.

    Diversity in Dimension Data

    Dimension Data is an equal opportunity employer with a global culture that embraces diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be unfairly discriminated against on any arbitrary ground including race, colour, sex, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other protected category.

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