Tyson Foods Senior Category Manager - IT in Springdale, Arkansas


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Position Number:

11166688 Sr Mgr Category

Job Description:


This position is responsible for developing procurement programs and strategies for multiple categories in the Information Technology space (including cloud, infrastructure, security, on-prem software, hardware, and consulting services), with a focus on balancing superior service to IT clients with maximized value for the company of services purchased.

Direct responsibilities of the function include: fostering strategic relationships with key leaders in the business at the leadership level in line with categories listed above; acting as positive challenger/influencer; applying procurement best-practices in order to achieve optimal balance of financial benefit and healthy, sustainable supplier relationships; working with Procurement peers to ensure support of and alignment to the supported function.

The manager will be responsible for developing and maturing Tyson/Supplier relationships to insure targeted departmental and company objectives are met. Duties of the position will include frequent steering meetings to measure and discuss supplier performance relative to Tyson's performance expectation; developing Continuous Improvement strategies for the responsible categories and directing resources relating to project management; executing strategies that will develop the supplier-Tyson relationship, while continuously fostering this model to support proactive technology and innovation ideas that will ensure the competitiveness of Tyson in the marketplace. This position will also be responsible for measuring and reporting category savings. This will include a savings analysis compared to established goals and objectives for the category. This position will be responsible for monitoring commodity market activity and conditions to determine overall strategy to eliminate the cost impact to the Tyson Foods Company. This position will require market forecasting for budgets and analyzing budget versus actual costs.

Key competency expectations which can be executed with limited guidance:

The ability to deeply understand and utilize most procurement processes, tools, and systems, execute & oversee lifecycle management process, be a proven expert in category planning, development & execution, as well as ability to achieve tangible results in competitive and non-competitive supplier negotiations both directly and as a coach to others.

Comprehend and draw insights from most financial data, statements, and models,

Execute complex contracts in accordance with policies and processes.

Rigorously identify, prioritize, mitigate, and monitor risks

Write effective business communications independently and adjusts style for intended audience. Effectively present own work in both informal and formal settings

Assesses the viability, stability, and profitability of complex initiatives / projects

Procurement category knowledge and experience in a wide spectrum of IT areas a must.


Education: Bachelor's degree, Master’s Degree a plus in business administration, finance, economics, or supply chain management preferred.

Experience: 7+ years of procurement experience in related field category focus areas as listed above, and familiarity with business and contract law as applied to supplier relationships required; Exposure to global sourcing is a plus.

Computer Skills: Standard computer skills; experience in spreadsheet, database and statistical analysis are necessary.

Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills; formal presentations are required.

Special Skills: Strong negotiating skills; ability to multi-task, attention to detail, organized; exemplary customer service skills; judgment to handle confidential information and challenging business situations; ability to lead and influence others; effective and proven strategic planning, project management, problem solving, leadership and team building skills.

Travel: 12 or fewer trips a year.


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Pay Type:



Senior Category Manager - IT







Job Function:


Full Time / Part Time:

Full Time

Position-Specific Requirements:

  • IT procurement experience preferred

Position can be located in Chicago, IL or Springdale, AR offices

Relocation Covered:


Company Culture, Inclusion and Diversity Statement:

Tyson Foods proudly embraces diversity and is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment. Our Culture is rooted in our Core Values and brought to life each day through our 5C Team behaviors (Caring, Candor, Creativity, Collaboration and Commitment). Team Members are the heart of our company and its success and culture is the connecting thread which drives our Talent Strategy to Attract, Grow, Reward and Retain the best talent.

Tyson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.