• Category Lead, Tech & Digital

    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/13/2018 10:49 AM)
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    Company Employee Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    The Discovery Category Leader (DCL) for Technology and Digital leads category strategy development and associated initiatives for all Technology and Digital subcategories for the company. He/she is a subject matter expert in Technology and Digital with prior experience in procurement of technology and digital spend categories who proactively partners with Global Technology & Operations (GT&O) and Digital business stakeholders (executive level and brand level) to develop category strategies and lead sourcing projects, specification definition and demand management, as well as managing supplier performance and innovation (SP&I) activities.


    Technology and Digital represents $600M in third party spend and contributes to business success and revenue growth. The Discovery Category Leader (DCL)-Technology and Digital will report to the SVP and Chief Procurement Office for Discovery.


    1. Set category related objectives in alignment with the Technology, Digital business partners/stakeholders

    2. Responsible for the development and execution of projects based on the Category Strategies and business activities to feed into the Annual Category Plan

    3. Accountable for the delivery of category savings targets through collaboration and engagement with key business stakeholders

    4. Responsible for Executive level engagement within Discovery and at supplier levels

    5. Accountable for the implementation of consistent qualitative and quantitative targets and KPIs for the category

    6. Maintain a strong external focus to inform negotiations and Procurement strategy by leveraging industry peers and professional organizations and regular industry benchmarking, assessing best practices, innovation and being involved in industry marketing, media, and research forums

    7. Accountable and responsible for the overall relationship with the strategic suppliers and the specialized suppliers in the category with a high ‘problem solving’ attitude

    8. Conducts education sessions for stakeholders on Technology and Digital topics

    9. Regularly conducts 3rd party performance, financial and payment terms audits

    10. Negotiates multi-year and annual scope of work agreements

    11. Responsible for input into the category supplier segmentation and agreeing actions to improve supplier performance and value contribution as needed based on the Discover Supplier Performance and Innovation (SP&I) framework


    * 10+ years of experience. Extensive understanding of broadcast and enterprise technology and digital Procurement experience, category and demand management, as well as negotiating
    * Work experience in technology or digital firm is beneficial
    * Category experience on an international scale is beneficial
    * Focus on teamwork and cross functional collaboration
    * High level of organization skills and attention to detail
    * Strong computer skills including proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    * Strong communication skills to interact within all levels of the company, in a concise and clear manner
    * Ability to function effectively in a matrixed organization
    * Understanding of the supplier landscape across major categories of spend; industry and/or professional relationships with vendors in these categories a plus
    * Demonstrated contract and agreement negotiation experience, including development of negotiating strategies
    * Excellent written, oral and presentation skills and an ability to synthesize complex and technical information into concise and clear recommendation
    * Willingness to bring thought leadership, a creative mindset, and a fresh perspective on new ways to approach existing problems
    * Undergraduate degree required; Master’s preferred
    * Professional accreditation in sourcing / procurement a plus

    * Must have the legal right to work in the United States

    Sterling, Virginia, VA


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