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Title:  Global Category Management Professional Services


Zürich, CH

Date:  Dec 31, 2021


Chain IQ is an independent, global service company providing strategic, tactical and operational procurement for its clients. Chain IQ operates from its main centers – Zurich (headquarters), New York, London, Singapore, Mumbai and Bucharest – and is currently servicing more than 20 countries (including Germany, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia).

Chain IQ is growing! In order to provide our clients continuously with an excellent service, we want to further strengthen our team either in Zurich-Altstetten or in New Jersey and are therefore looking for you!



Global Category Managers are key subject experts and seasoned professionals that operate across Chain IQ’s client portfolio, working with the Global category sourcing teams,for their respective area of expertise, ensuring Chain IQ continually drives best practice and that Client’s derive maximum value.


Your responsibilities:

Develop and execute Zero-base Category Strategies

  • Support Client Service Delivery on specific Sales/Business Development for new or existing client engagement acting as the expert representative of the category
  • Drive “due diligence” deep dives across indirect category spend and advise on potential savings levers
  • Develop future category strategies, in line with Chain IQ category methodology and industry benchmarks and identify key savings opportunities in close collaboration with Chain IQ clients and the related Chain IQ sourcing teams
  • Coach Chain IQ sourcing teams on Category strategy, to ensure they own the strategy and can effectively execute on measurable savings opportunities
  • On specific, highly complex initiatives oversee and execute the initiatives  
  • Develop and continuously maintain category assets including market knowledge, trends, developments and benchmarks and ensure these best practice insights are made available to and utilized to train Chain IQ delivery organization


Develop supplier partnerships and co-innovation

  • Explore supplier partnerships to co-innovate products, services and business models
  • Develop contractual arrangements that incentivize performance
  • Maintain relationships with category specific suppliers to keep aware of supplier trends.


Accelerate digital and analytics adoption

  • Leverage spend analytics to build competitive advantage and counter margin pressures
  • Analyze data and insights to determine industry and client trends


Transform client to future operating model (BPO) and ensure delivery

  • Provide end to end ownership of Professional Services category strategy on a global, cross client basis
  • Develop and update Category Strategy for client, renewed in a 3-year cycle and in cooperation with the Clients senior stakeholders
  • Supports Chain IQ client teams to understand, own and drive relevant category strategies. 
  • Optimizing buying channels, to ensure efficient transactional procurement
  • Works in close collaboration with Chain IQ delivery organization across all clients to support them in ensuring ongoing optimization of relevant category including global savings opportunities
  • Defines, communicates and maintains category strategies and plans.
  • Supports high value, complex sourcing opportunities as required from time to time.


Your profile:

  • Broad subject matter expertise in the Professional Services category primarily Consulting, Tax, Audit, Legal and Personnel Services
  • Strong negotiation skills with experience in contract management for Professional Services
  • Recognized as having deep category expertise by peers, clients and external supply base alike
  • Strong Professional Services background and proven track record in comparable position for example 10+ years progressive procurement experience typically gained in a major organization/consulting organization, 10+ years from within a supplier organization managing the sales side activities or from general management experience from having managed Professional Services from the business perspective  
  • Proven track record of delivering results in complex, matrix environments.
  • Has the gravitas to actively engage with the most senior level management in Chain IQ and Clients’ organization.


Why Chain IQ?

  • You will take responsibility and will be granted the level of freedom as needed
  • You will have the possibility to grow both personally and professionally
  • We offer a fair and market-oriented compensation
  • We individually support your personal development in order to strengthen your competences
  • We have a culture of open and honest communication as well as appreciation



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