Job Vacancy Procurement Category Manager – Professional Services Kimberly-Clark

Job title: Procurement Category Manager – Professional Services

Company: Kimberly-Clark

Job description: Procurement Category Manager – Professional Services

Job Description

We’re looking for original thinkers, idea makers and disrupters. Are you ready? At Kimberly-Clark, original thinking is about groundbreaking innovation. It’s also about creative problem solving, agile responses to change, and advancing new ideas while advancing your career.

We are driven by our caring culture and offer excellent benefits, paid time off, and a flexible working environment. After all, this is all about you! You’re looking to make a difference. When and where it works best for you. And at Kimberly Clark, we’re constantly exploring new ideas on how, when, and where we can best achieve results. When you join our team, you’ll experience Flex That Works, flexible work (hybrid) arrangements that empower you to have purposeful time in the office and partner with your leader to make flexibility work for both you and the business.

The Kimberly-Clark North America (KCNA) Organization is driving a transformation agenda, moving toward a more strategic and global approach and ways of working, enabling simplification and standardization of procurement processes, while demonstrating a collaborative mindset. This role has category management responsibilities for Kimberly-Clark’s purchases in Contingent Labor services for North America

You will work with a broad base of customers that could include: Global Procurement team, business management, finance, A/P, ITS, Mill Management, and/or other personnel involved in the implementation of business strategies where sourcing plays a role. The position will report directly to the Procurement Leader for Professional Services and Marketing KCNA.

The Procurement Category Manager – Professional Services will:

Develop and oversee the regional category strategies and key supplier relationships for all Contingent Labor spend for KCNA.

Build category expertise and provide guidance to regional teams in the context of stakeholder needs, data quality and service benchmarking and analysis, and effective supplier performance and relationship management.

Ensure that K-C is maximizing value for money with suppliers while delivering high levels of data quality, service, and security for sensitive internal and external data.

Lead Supplier relationship management, building and facilitating partnerships with strategic suppliers and key executives within K-C.

Establish exceptional connections with stakeholders, providing leadership and market expertise and engaging them in procurement processes and decisions, with the ability to influence.


Provide subject expertise and insight into the regional category requirements.

Build a broad understanding of your category with detailed knowledge of purchase spend, purchase portfolio, and supplier performance.

Create and maintain category management knowledge and processes to ensure the category strategies are informed, relevant and up to date.

Monitor supplier performance indicators and initiate supplier reviews as required or in accordance with agreed programs to drive improvement and reduce risk across the regional enterprise.

Identify, build, and influence an effective cross functional stakeholder network.

Understand regional business and functional requirements.

Support and align with Global Category management to proactively influence internal stakeholders.

Gain necessary input and cross functional expertise whilst influencing acceptance, agreement, and support from key stakeholders to ensure ultimate compliance and support.

Manage regional supplier contracts, develop relationship management strategies driving collaboration, Supplier Relationship Management and / or other engagement programs.

Build trust and credibility with suppliers by demonstrating integrity, commitment, and results orientation to drive and deliver results.

Maintain an effective business relationship with all suppliers and stakeholders based on clear, concise group and personal communication.

Drive improvement programs and transformations to support category management strategy.

Create, maintain, and drive regional value (or savings) programs.

Identify hurdles and barriers to change, resolve where possible or escalate as appropriate.

Adopt the category management process and build procurement capability in the Contingent Labor category and other relevant categories.

Monitor and manage actions to complete delivery of project milestones in line with agreed delivery expectations, reporting progress and / or escalating as appropriate.


Bachelor’s degree in business or related discipline.

Typically, a minimum of 10 years of experience in procurement or closely related field with multiple function / business exposure.

Business acumen, excellent communication skills (both written and oral) able to communicate up and across the organization, cross functional collaboration & influencing, project management, analytical, problem solving, functional and technical awareness, manage vision and purpose.

Identify and maintain a continued professional development plan focused on personal development aspirations and company goals.

The role supports North American businesses and will be based in either Neenah, WI or Roswell, GA. The candidate should be prepared to travel to engage with stakeholders and suppliers as required to fulfill the role.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior Procurement strategic category management experience in contingent worker and/or other professional services.

Knowledge of negotiating and executing challenging contracts.

Demonstrated ability to analyze large sets of data and provide data-driven recommendations.

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world’s population – trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No.1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With more than 140 years of history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and empowering them do their best work. If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark.

For Kimberly-Clark to grow and prosper, we must be an inclusive organization that applies the diverse experiences and passions of its team members to brands that make life better for people all around the world. We actively seek to build a workforce that reflects the experiences of our consumers. When you bring your original thinking to Kimberly-Clark, you fuel the continued success of our enterprise. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

This position may require a post-offer/pre-hire Physical Abilities Test (PAT) to confirm that individuals are able to perform the essential functions of the job.

K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization. However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship.

This position is subject to drug and alcohol testing, including pre-employment testing.


Global VISA and Relocation Specifications: K-C will support in-country relocation for the chosen candidate for the role. The benefits provided will be per the terms of K-C’s applicable mobility policies. The benefits/policy provided will decided in K-C’s sole discretion.

Primary Location Chicago Commercial Center

Additional Locations Roswell Building 300, USA-WI-Neenah

Worker Type Employee

Worker Sub-Type Regular

Time Type Full time

Expected salary:

Location: Chicago, IL

Job date: Thu, 12 May 2022 23:21:59 GMT

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