1+ months

Category & Supplier Manager - Real Estate, Capital Projects, & Facilities Management

Cisco Systems Inc.
Carolina Shores, NC 28467
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We are seeking a confident and versatile applicant with real estate, capital projects, and facilities management procurement experience. Applicant will be responsible for maintaining sophisticated working partnerships with internal business functions and external suppliers and service providers. You will work cross-functionally to develop and employ global and regional sourcing strategies crafted to ensure an alignment between Cisco business requirements and emerging supplier capabilities. You will develop the suppliers abilities to build new and optimized value at lowest total cost for Cisco. You will ensure effective and compliant execution of sourcing events including collection of business requirements; supplier identification and qualification; negotiation of pricing, contractual terms and conditions, and SLAs (Service Level Agreements); and business award and transition. This will require practical application of ongoing knowledge of industry standards, market trends, benchmarks, and Cisco standard methodologies, policies, risk profiles, and procedures.

Responsibilities also include the development and execution of a Category Strategy including market/supplier/spend analysis, buy/pay channel strategy, spend and service optimization, supplier landscape assessment, and business model requirements. You will remain aware of industry trends and innovations and incorporate for Cisco's benefit. You will work with the Operations teams and Business Units to continuously define and adapt plans based on market intelligence and business need.

Job Responsibilities will include:

  • Handle the day-to-day relationship with external suppliers and internal stakeholders
  • Develop and execute governance models that drive innovation, value, and advantage while mitigating risk
  • Develop category strategy and annual sourcing plan
  • Lead strategic sourcing activities
  • Conduct market research and benchmarking
  • Deliver year-over-year cost reduction for specified categories and suppliers
  • Influence compliance through preferred suppliers
  • Develop, execute, and supervise global agreements, risk assessments, tool-based reporting & periodic supplier performance evaluation


You will be part of a Global Procurement Services team that serves the Cisco business functions as the supply chain manager and procurement arm for all non-production, indirect and services spend. As category manager of real estate, capital projects, and facilities management sourcing, you will primarily support the Workplace Resources business function in their efforts to deliver the most efficient employee workplace experience.


You have the ability to formulate a Category/Commodity Strategy including critical metrics and savings targets and optimally lead to execution. You are highly collaborative and have a proven track record to influence partners at all levels without direct authority. You are able to anticipate impacts of decisions and actions downstream and adjust accordingly.

Skills youll use every day include:

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Supplier development and management
  • Category management
  • Strategic sourcing / RFx process management (using Ariba platform)
  • Data Analytics: able to conduct statistical data analysis and accurately interpret the results through the lens of business impact to drive measurable insights and recommendations
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Project management
  • Financial analysis & risk assessment
  • Global & regional industry analysis
  • Contract management
  • Relationship management
  • Knowledge of prevalent corporate real estate, capital projects, and facilities terms, concepts, practices, and trends across geographies
  • Knowledge of procurement methodologies and practices
  • Communication: Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication and teamwork skills; demonstrate ability to distill complexity and present and explain the data and insights in simple and easy-to-understand business terms.

Minimum requirements for this role:

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent
  • 5+ years of proven experience in: procurement management, sourcing, category management, and supplier development / management. Proven track record of utilizing recognized Continuous Improvement principles in core role. E2E understanding of procurement activities. Knowledge of corporate real estate and facilities business and market trends.
  • Understanding of Real Estate, Capital Projects, and Facilities Management services Industry
  • Documented results of year-over-year cost savings
  • Knowledge of SAP Ariba system and MS Office
  • Global experience in scope of responsibility is a plus


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think were old (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but were also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do you cant put us in a box!

But Digital Transformation is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Dont care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? Thats cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!

Posted: 2021-05-03 Expires: 2021-07-03
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