Category Lead, Indirect Procurement in Toronto

at Spin Master Careers

Date Posted: 10/16/2019

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Category Lead, Indirect Procurement - Toronto

Are you a kid at heart looking to build a career with a leading global children's entertainment company?

At Spin Master, our unwavering commitment to open mindedness, integrity and innovation is a great part of what has made us an industry leader. How do we stay ahead of the pack? By hiring the best and brightest minds—and that’s why we want you!

What’s it like to work here?

Spin Master is a fast-paced, hands-on organization that provides many great opportunities for impactful decision-making; though our challenging start-up atmosphere isn’t for everyone, we have a proven record of opportunities for future advancement and internal transfers for our passionate and results driven team.

The Job:

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Category Lead, Indirect Procurement based out of our Toronto head office.  The Category Lead, Indirect Procurement plays a key role in supporting the efforts of the Procurement team ensuring Spin Master obtains the best combination of pricing, service and quality across indirect spend categories of goods and services.

What we can expect from you:

  • Strategy: Under the direction of the Senior Category Manager, create global procurement strategies for assigned indirect spend categories to reduce costs, increase operational efficiency and mitigate business risk
  • Sourcing: Design and execute sourcing events (RFx), analyze supplier proposals, negotiate, and manages post award supplier activities
  • Stakeholder Management: Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, including driving compliance to procurement strategies, policies and processes
  • Contract Management: Partners with business units and legal team in the negotiation of contracts and agreements, including Master Services Agreements, Statements of Works and Service Level Agreements
  • Reporting & Analysis: Prepare analysis and provide high level reports on data needed for strategy development including spend data, market data, business process metrics, cost modelling and category opportunity analysis
  • Tactical Purchasing: Issue purchase orders utilizing e-Procurement system, administer supplier approval and setup, and support continuous improvement of the technology enablement initiative
  • Project Management: Facilitates implementation of procurement initiatives by driving cross-functional team collaboration. Responsible for ensuring consistent standardization of procurement processes while driving global procurement strategy
  • Efficiency: Collaborate with internal stakeholders to define SLA's and KPI's for suppliers and assist business units in measuring supplier performance
  • Value Add: Support ad hoc requests, including one-off tactical sourcing requirements for internal business units
  • Integrity: Interact with internal and external stakeholders in a professional and ethical manner, adhering to procurement best practices
  • Travel as required


Job Requirements

Who’s a good fit for this team:

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to be innovative and resourceful when solving problems
  • Highly effective interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to collaborate and influence key stakeholders     
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in project management and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize while working within a dynamic team
  • Strong work ethic with an ability to work independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Visio and PowerPoint
  • Prior experience in a high performance, fast-paced industry
  • Experience with SAP procurement and Procure-to-Pay Process

You should apply if you have the following:

  • 7+ years of category management and/or strategic sourcing experience of indirect goods and services including IT, HR, Real Estate, Facilities, Travel
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience with contract management and working knowledge of contract law would be an asset
  • Direct exposure to the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry is preferred

What you can expect from us:

Our mission is to Make Life More Fun with a vision to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and fun. From top leadership to new and veteran team members alike, everyone at Spin Master embodies our Core Values:

  • Integrity
  • Open Mindset
  • Innovation
  • Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Driving Results
  • Entrepreneurship

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