Category Management Advisor

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Date: Aug 31, 2023

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: Celestica International Inc.

Req ID: 108252 
Region: Americas 
Country: Canada 
State/Province: Ontario 
City:  Toronto 


Celestica has a great opportunity for a Category Management Advisor for IT category. If you are looking to improve processes and policies to help us rebuild and transform into a modern, best in class procurement organization, this is the role for you! You will collaborate with business stakeholders and sourcing leaders to achieve quality, innovation and service levels. You will have the opportunity to improve current processes with a goal of cost reduction and improving the quality of the contracts. You will work independently without requiring supervision but, you will have a supportive and collaborative team to work with. You will have the opportunity to be bold in your approach to ensure customer satisfaction while managing the expectations of the stakeholders. If you demonstrate initiative, do not wait for direction to organize activities and projects and find ways of challenging existing terms, processes, practices and scope to benefit your customers, we want to hear from you!



  • Build strong partnerships with IT leaders to support their objectives and jointly develop strategic sourcing strategies while collaborating on sourcing projects
  • Manage business value through the development of cost-effective supply relationships while pursuing total cost of ownership savings by leveraging purchasing volume, strategic supplier relationships and ensuring a healthy, solid supply chain
  • Directly manage and implement best practices in IT sourcing initiatives
  • Manage and track sourcing initiatives for stakeholders, ensuring effective strategy development, market assessments, RFP processes, contract and supplier negotiation and supplier management while enabling collaboration between stakeholders and suppliers
  • Track performance of suppliers and proactively work on upcoming IT renewals
  • Proactively identify opportunities for improvements and execute to realize the benefits targeted whether contractual terms, productivity, efficiency, etc.


The incumbent for this role is accountable, ethical, pragmatic and responsible.


Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

  • Good understanding of global business environment
  • Lead complex negotiations effectively
  • Expert knowledge of best practices in sourcing practices and methodologies
  • Strong ability to work effectively across functions and with suppliers to achieve Celestica's goals
  • Evaluate, prioritize and problem solve a variety of tasks to ensure their timely and accurate completion
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of internal and external customers
  • Drive decisions by using clear, solid communication to socialize, influence and persuade senior management including C-suite members. Succinct and pertinent content


Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (Commerce or Administration), or consideration of an equivalent combination of education and experience (Procurement and/or purchasing designations an asset)
  • IT sourcing experience is a must.
  • Strong project management skills are a must.
  • Previous experience in contract drafting, review of legal (with internal counsel) and commercial terms, negotiating favorable and relevant terms.
  • Proven experience in leading large transformational projects is a strong asset.
  • Global experience, specifically with Asia, is beneficial.
  • 4-5 years of experience in procurement and strategy building roles and having managed large, complex and multi-functional projects is preferred however, the numbers of years is not as relevant as the type, depth and breadth of the projects that you have managed.


Duties of this position are performed in a normal office environment – hybrid work model.


Celestica is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on any protected status (including race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran or disability status or other characteristics protected by law).

At Celestica we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. Special arrangements can be made for candidates who need it throughout the hiring process. Please indicate your needs and we will work with you to meet them.



Celestica (NYSE, TSX: CLS) enables the world’s best brands. Through our recognized customer-centric approach, we partner with leading companies in Aerospace and Defense, Communications, Enterprise, HealthTech, Industrial, Capital Equipment and Energy to deliver solutions for their most complex challenges. As a leader in design, manufacturing, hardware platform and supply chain solutions, Celestica brings global expertise and insight at every stage of product development – from drawing board to full-scale production and after-market services for products from advanced medical devices, to highly engineered aviation systems, to next-generation hardware platform solutions for the Cloud.

Headquartered in Toronto, with talented teams spanning 40+ locations in 13 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, we imagine, develop and deliver a better future with our customers.

Celestica would like to thank all applicants, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Celestica does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruitment agencies or fee based recruitment services.

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