CATEGORY MANAGEMENT LEAD (Information Technology & Cyber Security Categories)

Toronto, ON, CA, M1P2M8

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  • Job ID: 37411
  • Job Category: Finance, Accounting & Purchasing
  • Division & Section: Purchasing & Materials Management, Purchasing Client Services
  • Work Location: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
  • Job Type & Duration: Full-Time, Permanent Vacancy
  • Salary: $93,500 - $119,274
  • Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
  • Affiliation: Non-Union
  • Number of Positions Open: 1
  • Posting Period: 02-Feb-2024 to 16-Feb-2024

The Purchasing & Materials Management Division is a critical function within the City of Toronto’s complex multi-site, multi-division and multi-stakeholder environment, partnering with all City divisions, designated agencies and corporations in order to procure goods and services at the best value. As part of its commitment to ensuring open, fair, equitable and accessible business processes and practices, the Division utilizes a fair and transparent procurement process, provides leadership and quality customer service, and implements the highest standards of business ethics across the organization.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Manager, Category Management and Strategic Sourcing, the Category Lead will focus on setting sourcing strategies and negotiation strategies for Information Technology & Cyber Security Categories in accordance to the business needs, priorities and timelines. Working with clients on the development, review and execution of RFx packages, and the reporting of category performance to the Category Management and Divisional leadership.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements detailed category and sourcing strategies for Information Technology & Cyber Security Categories
  • Assists internal clients with required information gathering, market intelligence, market sounding, benchmarking and supplier performance management
  • Manages a portfolio of contracts, complex strategic sourcing initiatives and reports category performance to Leadership on a periodic basis
  • Provides project management and change management support to ensure successful development and implementation of endorsed sourcing strategies
  • Manages various aspects of the Strategic Sourcing Category programs and contribute functional annual savings targets
  • Anticipates and negotiates cost changes based on market knowledge and technology development  
  • Analyzes the City’s spend data on Information Technology categories to manage and optimize the total spend and make sound recommendations
  • Reviews, analyzes and provides recommendations on existing and potential service contracts including financial implications, staffing and other resources
  • Establishes contracts with suppliers and conducts performance review meetings in accordance with the Supplier Relationship Management Policies and Procedures
  • Leads the development of Information Technology Procurement Plans to support the divisional procurement requirements
  • Support development of evaluation criteria for identified business and technical project requirements
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to develop various solicitation documents Leads supplier information and debrief sessions
  • Monitors contract compliance and reports contract performance to key stakeholders
  • Monitors client Divisions to ensure goods and services are purchased on contracts
  • Leads, motivates and trains assigned staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, continuous learning and encourages innovation in others

Key Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor Degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, Economics OR any other related disciplines e.g. MBA, CPPO (National Institute of Government Purchasing) or CPP (Purchasing Management Association of Canada or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  2. Considerable experience in implementing Category Management and Strategic Sourcing for  Information Technology Categories.
  3. Considerable experience in collaborating, leading, motivating and training staff within strategic Procurement operating departments in a large public or private organization.
  4. Considerable experience with eProcurement type systems (i.e. SAP, Ariba, Oracle, IBM Maximo, etc.) and high proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  5. Thorough knowledge of broad-based sourcing strategies to drive financial benefits through negotiations, reducing total cost of ownership, demand management and Supplier Relationship Management.
  6. Highly developed knowledge of RFx and sourcing leading practices including contract negotiations, reverse auctions, supplier performance scorecard and benefits.
  7. Must be able to work independently with minimum supervision.
  8. Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods used in public purchasing.
  9. Strong project management skills with ability to organize, control and coordinate a variety of activities in a fast paced environment; ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
  10. Demonstrated stakeholder management, time management, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  11. Highly developed communication, conflict resolution and relationship building skills.
  12. Ability to act in an ethical, confidential and transparent manner, in compliance with corporate code of conduct.
  13. Familiarity with Ontario Statutes, including Occupational Health and Safety Act, employment standards, labour and human rights, and other applicable government legislation.

Social and Environmentally Responsible Procurements:

Through its procurement process, the City of Toronto is committed to creating jobs and driving inclusive economic growth through the City's Social Procurement Program which encourages supplier diversity and the implementation of workforce development. Learn more about the City's Social Procurement Program on the City's website at:


In addition, The City is also committed to increasing the development, awareness and purchase of environmentally preferred products that are less harmful to the environment. Learn more about the City's Environmentally Responsible Procurement Policy at:


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.


The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.

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