Senior Category Analyst

Rutgers University
September 21, 2023
Offerd Salary:$100,000
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Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Senior Category Analyst

Job Category URA-AFT Administrative Department University Procurement Overview

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the State of New Jersey's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. As one of the largest employers in the State of New Jersey, Rutgers University is committed not only to the students and the State that we serve, but also to the faculty and staff who work on our campuses. Ranked in 2022 by Forbes as a top 100 best large employer in America, Rutgers' commitment to its employees includes maintaining and fostering a safe, diverse, and respectful workplace environment, creating employment opportunities for our nation's military veterans, and ensuring accessibility and accommodation for individuals with disabilities.

University Finance and Administration (UFA) advances Rutgers' strategic priorities through the management of all central financial, administrative, and student information systems and processes. We supply the university's financial community the professional guidance, services, tools, and information needed to make the informed decisions that contribute to Rutgers' standing as an academic, health, and research powerhouse. We are deeply committed to our guiding principles and the core values that are critical for the long-term strategic growth of our division and the university. For more information, please visit https: //

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Senior Category Analyst for University Procurement Services. Reporting to an Associate Director in University Procurement Services, the Senior Category Analyst is responsible for the full life cycle of the procurement process, including independently sourcing products and services across the university in alignment with Rutgers University policies and best practices in strategic sourcing. The Senior Category Analyst, working within the University's sourcing plans, provides excellent customer service and works directly with customers to identify and support procurement needs, independently sourcing products and service identify suppliers, and establish and monitor term contracts.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Serves as the main point-of-contact for issues related to procurement requests and contracts.
  • Negotiates the more complex and/or critical University-wide, best-priced vendor contracts and drives strategic spending through them.
  • Increases goods and services covered by contracts and helps increased contract utilization through policies and incentives, as well as through marketing and customer service strategies.
  • Standardizes and manages demand for commonly purchased goods and services.
  • Independently conducts category sourcing to make purchasing easier and more efficient for client base.
  • Facilitates the procurement process through the issuance of competitive solicitations, develops clear and accurate scopes of work, and conducts pre-bid and post-bid meetings with suppliers.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in various categories and is a resource for the university community.
  • Identifies opportunities to leverage the University's category historical spend through category sourcing initiatives while maintaining or improving the quality of products and services.
  • Works with the Strategic Sourcing team on data analysis and category industry opportunities.
  • Executes category-sourcing initiatives by calculating base line spend and savings for category sourcing initiatives.
  • Collaborates with category subject matter experts for recommendations to develop category sourcing requirements and supplier evaluation criteria.
  • Assists with implementing strategic sourcing methodology and process for assigned category and communicates, educates and obtains support for Strategic Sourcing methodology and process from key stakeholders throughout the University system.
  • Exercises independent review and approval of purchase orders up to $100,000 and insures the validity of informal bid process and of sole/single source procurements through market analysis and research.
  • Ensures compliance with university guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Develops and manages effective relationships with suppliers.
  • Analyzes use of both University and state term contracts and works with suppliers and customers to identify and investigate continuous improvement opportunities within the category management-sourcing group and throughout the Procurement function.
  • Serves as a mentor and works with the Associate Director to develop staff in the category area.
  • Completes various other tasks and duties as assigned.
  • Position Status Full Time Hours Per Week Daily Work Shift Work Arrangement

    Consistent with the current application of Rutgers Policy 60.3.22, this position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement. The flexible work arrangements outlined in Rutgers Policy 60.3.22 are part of a pilot program that is effective September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2024. Therefore, there is no guarantee that this flexible work arrangement will continue beyond that date. Flexible work arrangements are not permanent, are subject to change or cancellation and contingent on the employee receiving approval in the FlexWork@RU Application System. Additional information may be found at https: //

    FLSA Exempt Grade 06 Position Salary Annual Minimum Salary 67500.000 Annual Mid Range Salary 84097.000 Annual Maximum Salary 100694.000 Standard Hours 37.50 Union Description URA-AFT Administrative Payroll Designation PeopleSoft Benefits

    Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to https:// Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https: // insurance.

    Seniority Unit Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month Position Pension Eligibility ABP


    Minimum Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in business administration, purchasing, supply chain management, finance or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • A minimum of five (5) years experience in strategic sourcing, procurement, finance or a related field.
  • Certifications/Licenses Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must demonstrate the ability to work across different category areas as required.
  • Must demonstrate thorough understanding of strategic sourcing and possess the ability to work independently.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills including the ability to foster relationships while maintaining compliance with policies and procedures is required.
  • Must be a team player and have the ability to balance multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Must be capable of successfully managing significant strategic sourcing projects with limited management involvement.
  • Must possess strong computer skills including proficiency with the Office suite of products.
  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have strong project management skills and problem solving abilities and a strong professional presence.
  • Must have experience in working with automated purchasing system.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a specific commodity category is preferred.
  • Equipment Utilized Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • This position must be on campus a minimum of three days per week.
  • Special Conditions

    Posting Details

    Posting Number 23ST2188

    Posting Open Date 08/21/2023 Special Instructions to Applicants Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick Home Location Campus Off Campus City Piscataway State NJ Location Details

    33 Knightsbridge Road

    Pre-employment Screenings

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre- employment screenings.

    Immunization Requirements

    Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees, Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to receive an updated (bivalent) vaccine dose. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals, if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate's offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

    Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: https:// discrimination-statement

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree required, preferably in business administration, purchasing, supply chain management, finance or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have a minimum of five (5) years experience in strategic sourcing, procurement, finance or a related field?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Optional Documents

  • List of Professional References (contact Info)
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