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Category Lead - IT & Telecom

Date:  Apr 23, 2021

Akron, OH, US

Company:  Goodyear

Requisition ID: 80476 
Sponsorship Available: No 
Relocation Assistance Available: No 

Goodyear. More Driven.




About the Position

Executes regional and global procurement category strategy at the regional or commodity level.  Leads the bid process - RFI release, RFP development, etc. - to make sound commodity-level sourcing decisions. Serves as first point of contact for suppliers and business stakeholders related to commodities in scope.


Leverages market data, cost modeling to support the development of negotiation strategies. Supports contract negotiations. Develops efficient channels for capturing effective market intelligence and utilizes data for fact based decision making.


Serves as first point of contact for suppliers and business stakeholders related to category of spend.  Leverage global suppliers and contracts across regional requirements to identify lowest total cost to Goodyear. 


Develops relationships with suppliers focused on total cost of ownership, advantaged supply chain, innovation and continuous process improvement.  Create alignment with regional stakeholders and plant procurement operations team to provide visibility and efficient processes.


Primary procurement lead globally for IT Services. Primary procurement support in Americas Region for areas of IT & Telecom that includes: Software, Hardware, and Leasing.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Category Strategy: Leads the development of category strategy for global footprint to optimize value and deliver lowest total delivered cost. Accountable for development and execution of negotiation strategies to meet financial and other performance goals of the organization.
  • Supplier Relationship Management: Partners with Procurement Director on supply base segmentation.  Develops strategic business partnerships with selected suppliers.
  • Organizational & Operational Excellence: Makes day to day decisions related to the category in support of overall global strategy to ensure business continuity and appropriate level of stakeholder engagement.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration/Stakeholder Management: Serves as primary point of contact for internal cross-functional and cross-regional leadership to resolve supply base and other procurement issues.
  • Building Organizational Capability: Seeks out new opportunities for application of 7-Step Strategic Sourcing Process and Enhanced Sourcing Tools to drive savings opportunities.  Supports team's achievement of learning goals. Informal people leadership - provides guidance, coaching related to effectively managing stakeholders, as a vital component to ensuring effectiveness/credibility of globalized organization structure.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • 3+ years of experience in Procurement, Supply Chain or a related Operational function required. 
  • Previous strategic sourcing experience required. 
  • Experience in a related industry preferred.


Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge required:  Knowledge of core procurement processes and strategic sourcing concepts.
  • Skills required:  Strong financial/statistical analysis, organization skills, strong Microsoft Access/Excel skills and/or other database programs, a team player, strong written and verbal communication skills, influence skills, self-directing, and ability to work in a very fast paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Skills desired:  Foreign language, manufacturing process, mathematical modeling, international experience  



Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to

Goodyear is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to that individual's race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you need reasonable accommodation to complete the online application, or any other part of the employment process, please contact the Goodyear Candidate Care Line at 330.796.4500.

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Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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