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Google Category Manager, Research in Chicago, Illinois

Minimum qualifications:

  • 7 years of category strategy development and strategic sourcing experience within marketing categories and overall procurement experience.

  • Experience in research supplier landscape and research methodologies.

  • Experience working in the Technology Industry.

  • Supplier management experience working with Marketing agencies and/or production houses.

Preferred qualifications:

  • MBA or PhD in a technical field.

  • Experience participating on functional and/or global teams.

  • Experience supporting initiatives from strategy to execution and delivery with strong analytical, problem solving and communication skills.

  • Strong influencing skills and change managemnt experience with the ability to successfully manage complexity and multiple priorities.

At Google, we take a different approach to Procurement or Strategic Sourcing than most other organizations. We're a fast moving, innovative company and our Engineers are always looking for ways to change the world -- the Supplier Sourcing team helps make those changes happen. From buying hardware, software and professional services to managing facilities and technology services globally, our job is to work with suppliers to enable quick and scalable development of new products. We're looking for people who can easily navigate ambiguity, collaborate well across multiple teams and build strong relationships with stakeholders to get things done for Google. Since we believe competition is the best way to negotiate great deals with suppliers, you should also be comfortable using data to ensure robust decision making.

In the Google Procurement Organization (GPO), our aim is to unlock value for Google to reinvest in what matters most. We do this by bringing velocity, efficiency, and security to buying at Google, while partnering deeply across Google to deliver solutions fit for purpose. As a centralized organization operating in a high complexity environment, we bring "one voice" to stakeholders and suppliers to ensure the best outcomes.

As a Category Manager, you will partner closely with key stakeholders to help shape and implement procurement strategies. You will support research purchases across Google and will drive efficient procurement processes to develop an exceptional research buying experience for all Google Employees.

The Marketing Category Team is responsible for developing and driving holistic category strategies, managing stakeholder relationships, and bringing excellence to Google-wide sourcing, supplier, and contract management.

The name Google came from "googol," a mathematical term for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. And nobody at Google loves big numbers like the Finance team when providing in depth analysis on all manner of strategic decisions across Google products. From developing forward-thinking analysis to generating management reports to scaling our automated financial processes, the Finance organization is an important partner and advisor to the business.

  • Play a crucial role in development of multi-year global category plans and strategies across Marketing and Research categories.

  • Support alignment of Procurement initiatives with stakeholder business objectives through an understanding of business requirements.

  • Be a part of a cross-functional team executing category initiatives and helping ensure delivery of maximum value across the procurement process. Partner with Sales, UX, Product Marketing, Legal, and Financial Planning and Analysis teams.

  • Contribute to compliance tracking of category specific policies, performance metrics, analysis of market trends, and leading best practices.

  • Identify opportunities for increased competitive bidding, smarter supplier relationships and more efficient processes. Collaborate with teams across the globe to speed up innovation.

Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also Google's EEO Policy ( and EEO is the Law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form ( .