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Category Lead


We are committed to connecting Canadians through unique partnerships, our world-class network and content Canadians love—and our innovative team is growing. We are looking for dedicated team members to join our Corporate team who have a genuine passion for making positive impacts on customers and the communities where we live and work. We have a variety of business units with exciting and meaningful work waiting for you, including Communications, HR, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Supply Chain, Finance, and Real Estate. If you are considering your next step, we have exciting opportunities waiting for you. Come build a rewarding career at Rogers and be a driving force behind our success story!


Network Procurement is seeking a Category Lead eager to join the team. Reporting to the Sr. Manager, Network Procurement, the Category Lead will have knowledge of software, hardware, infrastructure, and professional services to install, integrate, test and maintain such products as it relates to wireline and optical transport networks. The candidate will be quickly recognized by business partners as a valued contributor in the management of commercial strategies, total cost of ownership and risk management of such purchases. This individual must be an excellent communicator with proven ability to influence at various levels within the organization.


You are a business partner oriented candidate who has an understanding of Procurement policies and practices, the ability to achieve CAPEX/OPEX savings targets and realize those savings through competitive bid and contract negotiations. You have good analytical skills, are detail oriented, and proven relationship management experience. You are a creative, critical thinker with strong workload management skills who champions innovation, change and process improvement. You are a professional communicator and collaborator able to build and maintain strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. You are able to seek, analyze and translate facts and data into key insights, concepts and recommendations to enable effective decision making. You have experience at presenting technical topics with confidence to non-technical business partners. You excel in a fast paced, changing environment and have the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities at once.  You excel in a culture of continuous improvement leveraging innovation and system based tools to increase efficiency and value.   


What you’ll do:

  • Take ownership of assigned spend categories and projects to deliver procurement and company objectives and business partner goals. 

  • Identify cost savings objectives for assigned categories/projects and drive the total cost of ownership reductions by aggregating demand to leverage Rogers’ scale and scope, standardization and cost savings.

  • Act as a first level escalation point for issues related to suppliers for which you are identified as the procurement prime.

  • Manage the analysis of spend data to assist with the identification of sourcing and cost take-out opportunities.

  • Ensure procurement cost saving challenges are built into the capital and operating budgets and Procurement’s projects and efforts are aligned to meet budget expectations.

  • Ensure procurement projects and savings are tracked against the budget and targets.

  • Assist in additional analytical related activities including but not limited to compliance, catalogue adoption rates, procurement metrics and dashboards, etc.

  • Drive relationships with assigned key suppliers within your categories/projects ensuring fulfilment of contractual obligations and business partner requirements.

  • Manage assigned supplier issue and dispute escalations to settlement, including negotiations and settlement agreement execution.

  • Develop and maintain solid relationships with key internal stakeholders across the organization to ensure suppliers within the category and the category strategy are meeting business needs.

  • Actively participate in efforts to drive continuous improvement, implementation of innovations and automations to create best-in-class procurement practices that are intuitive and user-friendly for internal stakeholders and suppliers.

  • Ensure compliance with ethical procurement practices, procurement policies, supplier social responsibility objectives, and supplier diversity and sustainability programs.

  • Act as internal resource to business owners on sourcing practices, supplier performance, compliance, and risk management policies, processes, and procurement standard practices.


What you need to succeed:

  • University/post-secondary degree required. Such degree in business, engineering, computer science, math, or related field with a general understanding of business operations, financial modeling, is desirable.

  • 3 years+ procurement, telecommunications, finance, IT or equivalent experience

  • Experience supporting multiple projects and priorities in telecommunications industry or IT is a strong asset

  • Strong communications, listening and influencing skills, able to communicate complex information to decision makers and key stakeholders in a clear and concise manner

  • Critical thinking mindset and analytic skills.  Creativity to seek, encourage and find non-traditional approaches

  • Ability to deal effectively with ambiguity and resolve multi-party conflicts to drive decisions and deliver results on-time

  • Motivated self-starter and quick study of complicated technical topics

  • Strong interpersonal skills; a collaborator with a professional presence and a demonstrated ability to navigate difficult situations through relationship building and influencing others

  • Proven ability to execute against multiple projects and excel in a fast-paced, consistently changing, results-oriented work environment

  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills are required, as well as excellent attention to accuracy and detail

  • Must be able to create comprehensive project plans and execute with discipline

  • Requires proficiency in Microsoft products including Excel, PowerPoint and Word

  • Demonstrated experience of Strategic Sourcing practices is desirable, but not required


Schedule: Full time
Shift: Day
Length of Contract: Not Applicable (Regular Position)
Work Location: 8200 Dixie Road (101), Brampton, ON
Travel Requirements: Up to 10%
Posting Category/Function: Procurement & Category Management
Requisition ID: 282328


At Rogers, we believe the key to a strong business, is a diverse workforce where equity and inclusion are core to making everyone feel like they belong. We do this by embracing our diversity, celebrating our different perspectives, and working towards creating environments that empower our people to bring their whole selves to work. Everyone who applies for a job will be considered. We recognize the business value in creating a workplace where each team member has the tools to reach their full potential by removing any barriers for equal participation. We work with our candidates who are experiencing a disability throughout the recruitment process to ensure that they have what they need to be at their best. Please reach out to our recruiters and hiring managers to begin a conversation about how we can ensure that you deliver your best work. You matter to us! For any questions, please visit the Recruitment Process FAQ.  


Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check as part of the hiring process.
Posting Notes:  Corporate





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· Health & well-being benefits
· Donation matching
· Paid time off for volunteering
· Wealth Accumulation including: Pension plan & Employee stock options
· Generous employee discounts
· Leadership development, Mentorship, and Coaching programs

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