Category Manager- Indirect Sourcing

United States

Okta’s Strategic Sourcing & Procurement (SS&P) team is looking to hire a Category Manager who will lead sourcing activities for a defined set of indirect spend subcategories for the business teams in the General & Administrative (G&A) category. Teams that fall under this category may include Finance/Accounting, Legal, Workplace, and HR. This role will be remote and reports to the Manager of Strategic Sourcing, G&A.

The primary objective of this position is to maximize the value and minimize the risk associated with contracts and procurement-related activities. This role will partner with the stakeholders and guide them throughout the entire sourcing process, from defining requirements & scope, to leading negotiations, and through contracting. The Category Manager will work closely with the contracts team on negotiating commercial terms for project-level agreements (Statement of Work, Engagement Letters, etc) and various legal agreements. We are looking for a strong candidate who is proactive, organized, and works well within a fast-paced environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop strong relationships with stakeholders to understand their objectives and align procurement initiatives with their business requirements
  • Manage entire lifecycle of sourcing projects from end-to-end, with an emphasis on reducing total cost of ownership while maintaining service quality
  • Collaborate with G&A business partners to identify requirements and lead supplier selection activities including conducting RFI’s, RFP’s, market assessments, etc
  • Develop category strategy plans and manage key supplier relationships
  • Conduct internal/external data analysis and provide recommendations based on the analysis
  • Ensure adherence to compliance regulations in accordance with Okta’s SS&P policies and procedures
  • Lead cross-functional projects with legal, security, and business teams
  • Support M&A integrations with contract consolidation efforts

 

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Supply Chain, Finance, Business or equivalent practical experience
  • 3+ years of Strategic Sourcing experience within indirect/services categories and overall procurement experience
  • Experience in leading negotiations across various services and indirect categories
  • Independently run and manage RFPs
  • Familiarity with the procure-to-pay process and vendor management principles
  • Knowledge of indirect/services strategic sourcing and contracting best practices, experience with G&A is a plus
  • Great communicator with good interpersonal, verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Excellent project management and time management skills
  • Proficiency with analytics and reporting
  • Experience with ERP and financial systems. Familiarity with Coupa, Workday/ScoutRFP is a plus
  • Proficiency in MS office suite (Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) and Google Workspace

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Okta is rethinking the traditional work environment, providing our employees with the flexibility to be their most creative and successful versions of themselves, no matter where they are located.  We enable a flexible approach to work, meaning for roles where it makes sense, you can work from the office, or from home, regardless of where you live.  Okta invests in the best technologies and provides flexible benefits and collaborative work environments/experiences, empowering employees to work productively in a setting that best and uniquely suits their needs.  Find your place at Okta https://www.okta.com/company/careers/. 

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