Category Manager, Goods & Services (HR/Banking/Finance/Insurance) - (24-PROC-301
Washington, DC 
Posted 20 days ago
Job Description

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties, locations, and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this job. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description, and incumbent(s) may be required to perform work-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description. This job description is not a "contract" between the employee and the Authority. The job duties and essential functions may be changed at the discretion of the General Manager.


Job Title: Category Manager, Goods & Services Job Code: P0521
Supervises Directly: No
New or Revised: Revised Regular or At-Will: At-Will
Date Last Revised: 5/24/2024 Exempt or Non-Exempt: Exempt
Compensation Approval Signature: Union/ Non-Union: Non-Union
Department Name and Division: Procurement- Goods & Services Salary Schedule: Non-Union Salary Range
Cost Center Code: 301003 Grade: NU17
Essential Position: No Reports To: Manager, Category Management
EEO Code: Professionals Work Format Hybrid

Who We Are & What We Do:

At DC Water, we provide more than 700,000 District of Columbia residents and 24.6 million annual visitors with essential water, wastewater, and stormwater services. DC Water also provides wholesale wastewater treatment services for 1.8 million people in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. We aspire to be known for superior service, ingenuity, and stewardship to advance the health and well-being of our diverse workforce and communities. To achieve this vision, we commit to our shared mission every day-exceeding expectations by providing high quality water services in a safe, environmentally friendly, and efficient manner.

Role Description:

The Category Manager, Goods & Services, is responsible for managing large and complex sourcing projects in assigned categories. The role uses strategic sourcing and category management methodologies to bring best value to DC Water by conducting market research, developing category, and sourcing strategy, creating customized RFx documents, executing on the strategies, negotiating the business deals and contracts, and managing business relationships with key suppliers and end-user departments. The role also provides guidance and direction to less-experienced Category Managers and Sourcing Specialists. The Category Manager will gain and provide expertise in one or more categories such as, capital equipment, instrumentation, and maintenance, IT (hardware, software, and services), professional services, direct raw materials (including chemicals), small construction, maintenance and repair services, lab supplies, employee benefits (inclusive of insurance), fleet, temporary staffing, specialized services (i.e. risk management, financial services) and more.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Develops, implements, and manages category and sourcing strategies as assigned to add value to DC Water, achieve department and business goals, and generate cost savings.
  • Independently manages and leads cross-functional teams through the entire sourcing and contracting process, including developing business and technical requirements, understanding the total cost of ownership, the supply base, market drivers, developing customized solicitations, analyzing proposals, conducting supplier viability assessments, supplier selection, and contract negotiations and execution.
  • Handles contract, internal and/or supplier issues and escalations.
  • Optimizes internal processes, workflows, and interfaces to enhance category-specific productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Attends Outreach events to cultivate relationships with suppliers and leads efforts to optimize the sourcing process.
  • Manages supplier business relationships, including contract and Service Level Agreement negotiations, establishing metrics, ensuring supplier performance, and leading business meetings.
  • Manages business relationships with internal customers, including maintaining stakeholder engagement to ensure strategies are aligned with current and future requirements.
  • Monitors key performance metrics for sourcing categories, including cost savings, supplier performance, and contract compliance.
  • Supports creation, modifying and management of risk management objectives, statements of work, NDAs, RFP/RFI/RFQ requests, and manages dispute resolution for commercial needs.
  • Advises on category and sourcing and procurement procedures, policies, business practices and contract interpretation. Enforces compliance with procurement-related program policies and procedures.
  • Conducts detailed category segmentation to uncover growth opportunities, drives actionable insights, and serves as a subject matter advisor for assigned categories.
  • Promotes and supports DCW initiatives related to supplier diversity, fostering a diverse and inclusive supplier base.
  • Provides recommendations to eliminate barriers to strategic and operational success in sourcing and procurement for the assigned categories.
  • Presents and explains sourcing decisions and pricing to internal customers, the Director and Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, and other senior management concerning contract pricing and other contractual matters. Works with General Counsel on specific contract language as required.
  • Demonstrates ability to manage multiple simultaneous complex sourcing projects.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned at the discretion of the immediate supervisor, the Director, and Vice President.

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A

Key Working Relationships: Interacts daily with suppliers, DCW department heads and other DC Water personnel.

Skills & Qualifications:

The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability necessary for an individual to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable amounts of training are provided.

Required Skills & Qualifications

Required Experience:
Minimum of 5 to 7 years of progressive experience in sourcing and contracting, or combination of education and experience.
Experience developing and implementing category and sourcing strategies.
Strong expertise in RFx process, proposal evaluation, deal negotiation, and contract negotiation.
Experience developing contract documents in Oracle.
Minimum Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in business, technical, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
Required Skills:
Category Management
Strategic Sourcing
RFP/RFI/RFQ Development and Management
Contract Negotiation and Management
Supplier Management
Program and Project Management
Communication Skills - interpersonal, verbal and written
Stakeholder Management
Analytical, planning, problem solving, cost/spend analysis
Strong knowledge in computer applications (i.e., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Required Licenses & Certifications:
Required Languages:
Physical Requirements:
General office conditions.
The person in this position must be able to travel up to 10%, as required.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications

Preferred Experience:
Private sector and consulting experience.
Prior experience in managing and executing sourcing strategies for targeted categories that align with the company's and the internal stakeholders' goals and objectives for supply chain continuity and budget requirements.
Preferred Education Requirements:
Master's in Business Administration, technical, or related field from an accredited college or university.
Preferred Licenses & Certifications:
Professional certification from the Institute for Supply management (ISM), APICS, the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), or National Contracts Management Association (NCMA), or the ability to obtain certification from any of these organizations within one year of employment. PMP certification from PMI or comparable organization
Preferred Skills:
Minimum 10 years experience in category management, vendor management or contract management
Oracle Cloud platform Procurement & Contract Modules experience
Risk Management (related to supply chain)
Problem Solving
Change leader; Cultural Adaptability
Leadership & Influencing Skills
Industry research, and identification and analysis of suppliers

*The work environment characteristics described in the physical requirements section of the required skills & qualifications table are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities.

Your Experience at DC Water:

At DC Water, our people make us an industry leader. Join a group of thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers focused on protecting life's most precious resource in the nation's capital.

  • Take pride in your work. We provide an essential service and do work that matters. A career at DC Water is an exciting opportunity to help improve the environment and make a lasting difference for the community.

  • Connect to a strong culture. Everything we do is grounded in our shared values-accountability, trust, teamwork, customer focus, safety, and wellbeing.

  • Be your true self. We are an inclusive organization that embraces diversity, and we recognize and celebrate employees' individuality and unique contributions.

  • Build your skills and career path. We are committed to developing a future-ready workforce by helping our employees develop skills for the jobs of tomorrow.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against "qualified individuals with disabilities".

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Work Hours (i.e. shift)
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 to 7 years
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