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Collegeville, Pennsylvania Quest Diagnostics
Category Analyst - Collegeville, Pennsylvania - Monday-Friday Basic Purpose:The Category Analyst is a key member of the Quest Diagnostics Strategic Sourcing Portfolio teams focused on leveraging Quest spend; delivering operational savings; and maintaining effective relationships, both internally and externally. The Category Analyst will analyze spend categories, conduct sourcing projects, negotiate pricing, and manage supplier relationships. In addition, the individual in this role will perform day-to-day required contract maintenance activity and requisite purchasing system updates. Primary Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:1. Perform spend analysis for assigned portfolios and categories to identify and monitor trends, and explore opportunities for supplier consolidation.2. Work closely, as a team member, with Category Managers, Category Specialists, and Stakeholders, on higher dollar strategic sourcing initiatives.3. Lead lower dollar sourcing projects, including negotiation of pricing and contract terms and conditions.4. Effectively utilize sourcing procurement tool set including iAnalyze and PeopleSoft modules for reporting, and conduct spend analytics and manage project execution.5. Drive spend to preferred suppliers and improve standardization of key goods and services.6. Build relationships with Quest end-users and supplier leadership to quickly resolve performance issues and implementation of corrective actions.7. Develop and maintain a broad understanding of assigned categories and technologies.8. Develop strategy, plans, and execute projects to deliver upon assigned savings targets.9. Client management of small accounts.10. Manage supplier arrangements, including but not limited to: - Coordinating resolution of escalated PO price changes, including supplier negotiations of pricing and credits - Coordinating system updates and approval of item pricing in PeopleSoft system, - Coordinating review and approval of new item pricing, - Amending agreements to reflect required item and price changes.11. Support new acquisition and PLS activity including item matching, new item set-up, price quotes and pricing negotiation.12. Any other duties to support the Portfolio group, as assigned.Skills and Capabilities:1. Office 365 proficiency, including Outlook, Excel, Power Point, and Word2. PeopleSoft or other ERP experience preferred3. Analytical ability including strong excel data analytic skills4. Negotiation skills5. Knowledge of assigned areas (or demonstrated ability to acquire that knowledge)6. Business acumen7. Ability to set high standards and achieve them8. Influencing skills9. Ability to travel 15%Education and Experience:1. BA/BS in business, economics or a scientific discipline, or the equivalent in education and experience.Advanced degree (MBA/MS) helpful.2. At least 3 years experience in selection, implementation and management of supplier contracts, with demonstrated results (cost, quality, service improvement).Experience in managing complex, multi-functional projects.3. Healthcare or Diagnostics industry experience highly desirable.Physical & Mental Requirements:1. Excellent judgement and decision making2. Agility to perform in a dynamic and team-oriented environment3. Ability to structure and solve problems4. Effective verbal and written communication