Indirect Category Manager

at Veolia North America in Plainfield, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Company Description

Veolia Group aims to become the benchmark company for ecological transformation. Present on five continents, the Group designs and deploys useful, practical solutions for the management of water, waste and energy that are contributing to a radical turnaround of the current situation. Through its three complementary activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, to preserve available resources and to renew them. In 2022, the Veolia group provided 111 million inhabitants with drinking water and 97 million with sanitation, produced nearly 44 terawatt hours and recovered 61 million tonnes of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved consolidated revenue of 42.885 billion euros in 2022.

Job Description

Within Veolia Water Technologies (VWT), the Indirect Category Manager will be in charge of the Indirect categories for VWT North America zone (total indirect spend of 19M in the USA and Canada). The Indirect Category Manager will report both to the Regional CPO and to the Global Indirect Procurement Manager.

The functional perimeter covers all Indirect categories: Intellectual services (financial services, engineering services, temporary labour, HR services, marketing services…), IT (software, telecommunications, IT services, IT equipment), Car fleet and Energy.

The geographical perimeter includes the USA Business Units and the Canada Business Unit.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

+ Category management

+ Develop and implement VWT procurement strategies for indirect categories jointly with the global indirect procurement team

+ Complete supplier mapping for each country and contract coverage analysis

+ Analyze indirect spend and identify optimization opportunities

+ Deploy Veolia Group contracts where applicable

+ Set up local / regional panels to cover Indirect needs and rationalize the supplier base

+ Support business procurement initiatives to meet performance savings targets

+ Support the BUs and businesses on their projects, conduct RFPs/ RFIs or direct negotiations with suppliers

+ Manage and anticipate renewals and renegotiations

+ Conduct business reviews with internal stakeholders to monitor progress, identify challenges and opportunities, understand category trends in the region

+ Conduct synergy projects to meet synergy targets

+ Monitor VWT spend for shared contracts with other Veolia entities

+ Participate and/or lead ongoing synergy projects with other Veolia entities within the region

+ Identify new synergy opportunities


+ Education & Experience

+ Degree in Engineering or Procurement or Business Administration

+ Minimum 5-7 years experience in Procurement

+ Procurement and technical skills

+ Solid negotiation skills

+ Mastery of procurement processes and methodologies (RFx…)

+ Fluency in English, French would be an advantage

+ Advanced analytical skills

+ Soft skills

+ Ability to work in a multicultural and large matrix environment

+ Ability to challenge status quo, identify opportunities, drive improvements and deliver results

+ Strong and positive interpersonal skills with a customer-service mentality

+ Ability to network and interact with all levels of management to build relationships with stakeholders

+ Organisational skills and ability to handle multiple priorities

+ Other requirements

+ Willingness to travel as needed

Additional Information

+ This position will preferably be based in Cary, North Carolina or Plainfield, Illinois.

+ Hybrid working is possible

Additional Information

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer! All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

As an inclusive company, Veolia is committed to diversity and gives equal consideration to all applications, without discrimination.

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Job Posting: JC261499080

Posted On: Jun 19, 2024

Updated On: Jul 15, 2024

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