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Walgreens Associate Category Manager in DEERFIELD, Illinois

Job Description:

Job Summary:

Implements procurement strategies, from initial identification of procurement needs through delivery, for indirect goods and services. Assists with implementation of short-term and long-term strategies that align with the Company goals for reducing costs and company financial goals.

Responsible for less complex negotiating, coordinating, and assuring that assigned indirect spend categories and services are purchased at the lowest possible cost. Assesses near-term and long term plans to establish supplier priorities balanced with business needs; consults with Management, and other subject experienced professionals to develop alternative solutions; advises on options, risks, total cost of ownership, and business impacts.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manages day-to-day on-going category supplier relations and seeks out growth or revision opportunities within supply base. Acts as the internal point of contact for supplier management and complaint resolution; conducts regular supplier meetings and implements improvement strategies with suppliers. Creates, nurtures, and enhances supplier relationships.

  • Under the direction of Category Manager, develops and implements category sourcing strategies, including development and implementation of RFI’s and RFP’s, documents bid events through correspondence to suppliers; develops selection criteria; conducts supplier negotiations and ongoing supplier management.

  • Assists with development and implementation of business plans, performance goals and metrics for each assigned category. Collaborates with Operations, Legal, Supply Chain and others as needed on cross-functional sourcing opportunities. Actively seeks ways to streamline business processes; researches and provides information on industry category trends and best practices.

  • Collaborates on inventory control, including lifecycle of product, and assists in project management of all sourcing activities. Makes suggestions for opportunities to reduce product and service costs.

  • Drives tracking and reporting for assigned spend areas; assists with tracking mechanics and supplier key performance indicators with Category Manager. Performs data analysis and modeling.

  • Participates in weekly category review meetings with cross-functional teams to manage category performance.

  • Assists with the management of category performance by adhering to internal Savings goals and reviewing financial models for commodity type items. Supports the balancing of spend portfolio for reoccurring managed spend through coordinated sourcing activities that leverage both Expanse and Capital work streams.

  • Monitor supplier performance to ensure that delivery dates and technical and contractual requirements are met. Participate in strategic meetings with suppliers and business leaders to ensure implementation of defined strategies.

  • Cultivates team morale, motivation, and loyalty through continuous training and mentorship, proving clear communication and constructive feedback.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans

Walgreens ( is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy. As America’s most loved pharmacy, health and beauty company, Walgreens purpose is to champion the health and wellbeing of every community in America. Operating more than 9,000 retail locations across America, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health destination serving approximately 8 million customers each day. Walgreens pharmacists play a critical role in the U.S. healthcare system by providing a wide range of pharmacy and healthcare services. To best meet the needs of customers and patients, Walgreens offers a true omnichannel experience, with platforms bringing together physical and digital, supported by the latest technology to deliver high-quality products and services in local communities nationwide.

Job ID: 526004BR

Title: Associate Category Manager

Company Indicator: Walgreens

Employment Type:

Job Function: Merchandising/Procurement

Full Store Address: 200 WILMOT RD,DEERFIELD,IL 60015

Full District Office Address: 200 WILMOT RD,DEERFIELD,IL,60015-4620-00001-2

External Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of experience in Retail, Sales, and/or Category Management and/or analyzing related data such as sales trends, assortment selections, or financial planning OR High School equivalent and 5 years of experience in Retail, Sales, and/or Category Management and/or analyzing related data such as sales trends, assortment selections, or financial planning.

  • Knowledge of the procurement lifecycle and procurement best practices.

  • Experience in supplier negotiations and developing/executing sourcing strategies.

  • Experience collaborating with internal and external resources to develop strategies that meet department goals within budget and established timelines.

  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).

  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: applying a theme, formatting character spacing, inserting a picture, changing slide layout and theme colors, adding transitions, customizing slide numbers, changing chart style and/or formatting font).

  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: inserting headers, page breaks, page numbers and tables and/or adjusting table columns).

  • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in coaching, mentoring, and training staff.

  • At least 2 years of experience in negotiating deals.

  • Experience in financial planning and analysis.