Category Management Specialist

in Los Angeles
, CA
Reference: 19-02594


  • Provide preparation, administration, and negotiations of commercial vendor contract terms and conditions in accordance with company policies and legal requirements
  • Develop, implement and oversee category management strategies to reduce costs (both direct and indirect) and increase value to company
  • Assist with vendor management activities on an as-needed basis as directed
  • Perform, review, negotiation, and enforcement of standard and non-standard vendor contracts including but not limited to procurement contracts, professional services agreements, purchase orders, and service level agreements
  • Build and implement category management processes and system to support company goals and mission statement relative to the sourcing and selection of strategic vendors providing goods/services to company
  • Develop, oversee and manage procedure development as it relates to vendor contracts administration, and other contract related risk management and compliance issues
  • Interface, communicate with, and educate company’s senior executives, directors, and managers in the performance of company’s contract review approval, and execution policy and purchasing procedures
  • Ensure appropriateness of contract revisions to company approved contracting standards
  • Research, analyze, and track contractual financial obligations for accounting purposes
  • Initial research and analysis of contractual issues outlining applicable solutions and strategies
  • Compile, summarize and analyze data and facts regarding operations and other legal and business information as needed
  • Propose solutions to problems identified for discussion with senior executives, directors, and managers
  • Ensure contract performance and rewrites or amends as necessary
  • Work closely with legal counsel
  • Lead participants in the negotiation process of service level agreements
  • Exercise a high level of autonomy with minimal oversight in the performance of complex responsibilities
  • Manage and control the contractual relationship with service providers; manages vendor penalties and incentives
  • Serve as the point of contact for both internal customers and vendors


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field required
  • 5+ years of experience in purchasing, procurement, or vendor contracting

Technology Proficiency:

  • Microsoft Word-advanced
  • Microsoft Excel-advanced
  • Microsoft PowerPoint