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Regional Category Manager


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Deerfield, IL
Other/Not Classified
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Full Time
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Experienced (Non-Manager)
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Regional Category Manager

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient focused company that will inspire you and support your career?  If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda.  Join us as a Regional Category Manager in our Deerfield, IL office.

Here everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.  As a Regional Category Manager working on the Global Procurement team, you will be empowered and a typical day will include:

The Regional Category Manager (RCM) – Tier 2 supports the category initiatives of a clearly defined region and implements regional category strategies for market facing spend categories as part of the wider Category Strategy. The RCM supporting and leading proactive category projects for the delivery of regional procurement targets, spanning sourcing projects, demand management and process re-engineering, as well as supporting region-specific supplier performance and innovation activities.

The position is responsible for providing financial and business analysis (e.g. Data mining of Procurement & Financial Systems, output analysis & interpretation), supporting regional specific market intelligence in the category area and acting as the focal point for category subject matter expertise to the regional business and procurement community.

We strongly prefer candidates with experience in marketing (agency, patient assistance programs, market research, etc.) meetings / events (speaker bureaus, programs, congresses, national sales meetings, other external and internal meetings)   and travel category  procurement.

The position will support Global Procurement Leadership in the development of formalized Category Management organization structures and category management methods and collaborate with procurement and business stakeholders on a regional basis to ensure these are implemented effectively. In addition, the RCM will ensure appropriate Supplier Relationship Management efforts are implemented; the objective of which is to ensure performance delivery, continuous improvement and access to innovation from supplier arrangements to achieve value contribution targets on a regional basis.

Through the application of rigorous Category Management tools, systems and techniques, the RCM will deliver business value (operational and financial) in line with the agreed functional and business goals. In addition they will take personal ownership of large and/or complex arrangements and provide subject matter expertise for other supply and commercial arrangements as required.

Collate supplier, market, category and internal business data and information for the region, and provide regional input and validation to the global Category Strategy, including facilitating involvement of relevant stakeholders. Using this as a basis, support the development of regional-specific category strategies and communicate and distribute to relevant stakeholders in the procurement and business community. RCM may develop local or regional strategies that can be scalable and aligned appropriately across functions and business units.

Provide regional category input to inform the top-down target setting process and take responsibility for the delivery of regional savings targets following engagement in the target setting process.

Develop and implement a pipeline of regional category initiatives and opportunities (Savings / Productivity / Risk Management / Innovation) using external supply market / business intelligence, application of benchmarking methodologies and internal business partner knowledge. This may include management and coordination of specialist suppliers on market intelligence data.

Provide input into the development of the Annual Category Plan based on the regional category strategy, business planning activities and regional category pipeline and ensure these are staffed and executed on a timely basis in line with the targeted goals.   This will involve providing oversight, support and coaching to any allocated project managers in the deployment of projects.

Provide regional input into the development of the Category Management Handbook to translate the Category Strategy and Annual Category Plan into clear, practical guidance for key procurement and functional colleagues and ensure that category associates involved in operational buying activities have access to the Category Management Handbook.

Liaise with the regional procurement hubs and the business to ensure the generation of monthly metrics reports:

  • Delivery of and accurate reporting of Procurement Balanced Scorecard measures and  Value Contribution targets (operational metrics, savings, quality etc) achieved from implemented sourcing strategies
  • Contract volumes and associated statistics by category, geography and function, as appropriate

Work with the required functions or other areas within Procurement (e.g. Process & Systems) to support programs to deliver spend accuracy in the covered sub-category area in line with agreed goals.

Ensure supplier Performance and Innovation (SP&I), supported by members of the SP&I team:

  • Provide input into the overall category supplier segmentation to identify key supplier relationships within the region, with whom regular business supported reviews will be undertaken to at a minimum ensure delivery to expectations and target value over and above the contracted value via areas such as Innovations.
  • Establish value creation targets with key suppliers within the region
  • Determine and implement consistent Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) graded by level of segmentation and associated supplier performance review schedules
  • Oversee reporting of supplier performance against goals
  • Collate supplier information and feedback from countries, functions, sites, category teams and Business Partners
  • Ensure regional contractual arrangements incorporate compliance and performance against KPIs
  • Ensure negotiated contracts are clearly communicated and applied across the sub-category
  • Ensure that any supplier performance risks and issues are resolved on a timely basis to end user satisfaction

Non-category accountabilities:

  • As well as within Procurement, develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders relating to regional category accountabilities, Takeda’s Procurement Groups and General / Administrative functions such as Finance, IS, HR, Legal, Privacy, Compliance to ensure appropriate inputs to sourcing strategies and implementation plans
  • Support the global development and standardization of core category management infrastructure (Processes / Systems / Tools) and encourage adoption in the region to improve procurement efficiency, performance and compliance


  • Train, and mentor regional staff and provide opportunities for professional development
  • Conduct the individual performance management


  • Train and mentor procurement staff (and project related resources as appropriate) and provide opportunities for professional development
  • Utilize the category specific escalation process to ensure that internal issues related to the category performance are addressed and resolved in a timely manner


  • Follow the defined process to ensure contracts developed in the region are effectively implemented at a regional and local level (as needed) including both terms and conditions and sign off procedures
  • Ensure annual operating activities are undertaken within the allocated budget and provide timely reporting to the Global Category Lead as required

Empowering Our People to Shine


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Takeda is an EEO employer of minorities, women, disabled, protected veterans, and considers qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with applicable laws. For more information, visit http://www.takeda.us/careers/EEO_Policy_Statement.aspx

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Deerfield, IL

Boston, MA

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