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Category Manager, Professional Services

Job Name

Category Manager, Professional Services






Operations - Supply Chain - Logistics - Procurement

Reporting Line:

Category Director, Indirect Services

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Kelly Scarfe

About the role

Your Opportunity

The Category Manager is a critical role in the indirect procurement organization and is involved in:
  • Setting the overall Global Strategic sourcing strategy for Professional Services including Consulting, Legal, Insurance, Audit, Financial Services, Memberships and Subscription, Translation;
  • Negotiation of key contracts;
  • Driving SRM process at a global level with critical and key suppliers;
  • Global Category data analysis / ownership / reporting;
  • Develop Sub-category suppliers (panel / pool of suppliers);
  • Supports delivery of global targets / objectives;
  • Administers and drive compliance to global PSL and partner with the with Global and Regional team to understand their requirements and business objectives

About You 

You will be collaborative in approach to identify process improvements, and opportunities for success. You will be fearless in your pursuit to identify cost saving initiatives whilst ensuring quality and performance is not negatively impacted. Your founders and entrepreneurial mindset will support your sourcing, bidding, and negotiation skills to ensure ‘win win’ outcomes for all.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:
  • Identify savings opportunities in the category and run complex sourcing initiatives
  • Enforce compliance (to preferred vendors, to policies, to process)
  • Ensure savings are hitting P&L
  • Lead sourcing initiatives and other analysis in procurement optimization projects (RFP building, data analysis, market analysis, spend analysis, global vendor consolidation)
  • Managing the relationship with suppliers to enhance performance and deliveries
  • Analyzing and managing risk, identifying and implementing sourcing and operational strategies to improve services
  • Increase Procurement coverage on tail end spend
  • Follow up with business partners in a timely manner
  • Approve Category Shopping Carts to ensure right level of data quality 
  • Challenge Business on Non Preferred Vendors selection and buying channels 
  • Maintain list of Preferred Suppliers in the system and ensure this is communicated and known everywhere in Bacardi  
  • Identify repetitive items and look for automation opportunities (catalogs, contracts) 
  • Implement and maintain catalogs and contracts 
  • Make sure with PTP and users that we have accurate master data in SAP /SRM and define the appropriate buying Channels by subcategory

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy
  • Procurement Experience in managing Professional Services or Indirect categories for at least 5+ years
  • Strong knowledge of SAP SRM, e-RFP tools 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English (a Non English language is a plus)
  • Excellent PowerPoint presentation and Excel skills 
  • Basic Project Management experience 
Relevant education
  • University degree in Business / Finance / Procurement, Supply Chain or related discipline
  • MBA is a plus
Personal Qualities
  • Ability to initiate and foster open dialogue across Sourcing Teams and senior stakeholders 
  • Ability to flawlessly execute in an environment with high volume and high complexity 
  • Ability to create a positive work environment that breeds enthusiasm and encourages teamwork, and Communicate with internal Primos spending money on behalf of the company
  • Act with Bacardi’s Values of Family, Founders, and Fearless
  • Act decisively and with urgency
  • Belonging: You have a strong capacity to create a culture of ‘Belonging’, where people feel appreciated for who they are, what they do, and who they can become
  • Self-Awareness: You have high levels of self-awareness, are reflective and know yourself well, understanding both your own strengths and weaknesses and your impact on others
  • People Agility: You bring a deep ability to understand and relate to people and navigate through tough situations to harness and multiply collective performance
  • Results Agility: You demonstrate consistent delivery of results in first-time situations by inspiring teams, exhibiting a presence that builds confidence in yourself and others. 
  • Mental Agility: You can think critically to penetrate complex problems and expand the possibilities by making fresh connections. You think strategically whilst being execution focused and bring creativity to the challenges you’re presented with
  • Change Agility: You have a deep natural curiosity, desire to experiment and ability to effectively deal with the heat of change.

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.