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About the opportunity

Jacobs Corporate Procurement team is a group of strategic-focused professionals whose goal is to ensure the company gets the most value out of every dollar spent. As Category Manager for HR Services and Contingent Labor, you will partner with HR leadership and senior Business Unit stakeholders to lead the development, implementation and ongoing management of category strategies at a global and regional level. Above and beyond Strategic Sourcing activities, the Category Manager understands external variables (supply markets, cost drivers, commodity trending), learns the internal landscape (requirements, organizational structure, priorities) and develops relationships (within Procurement, with Stakeholders, with Suppliers) to successfully develop Category strategies that utilize various value levers to deliver improved cost, reduced risk and more efficient programs at Jacobs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops category strategies for the assigned areas of responsibility: Category strategies should have global scope but may necessitate various regional/local approaches based on supply market structure, business conditions or other variables. Category strategies will be updated by Category Manager on an ongoing basis and reviewed by Procurement and Stakeholder management at least annually.
  • Understands concepts of supply chain and impact of sourcing to all cost drivers in the supply chain. Aligns with Operations and Procurement to fully understand and communicate implications of category strategy when necessary.
  • Relationship development is paramount to success: Relationship with Procurement to ensure appropriate engagement or handoff as projects progress from the strategy to execution phases. Relationship with Stakeholders such that Category Manager is able to prove value in continued engagement, can challenge the stakeholders when fruitful, and can bring additional subject matter expertise to them. Relationship with Suppliers to ensure the most strategic partnerships are appropriately managed and nurtured to mutual benefit whenever possible.
  • Achieve cost savings, risk mitigation and process efficiencies through various value levers, such as: market analysis, make/buy analysis, sourcing, TCO modeling, process improvement, low-cost country sourcing, demand management
  • Lead supplier selection process across multiple subsets of the category, with various scope and stakeholder groups. Recommend sources of supply from diversity, disadvantaged and small business where applicable.
  • Lead negotiations with current and potential suppliers as part of the contract renewal or vendor selection process.
  • Collect and analyze internal/external category data, metrics and reports to inform strategic decisions and track performance against goals.
  • Lead category councils and business reviews to support collaboration, knowledge sharing, opportunity identification, and overall relationship development.
  • Develop mechanisms and metrics to track supplier performance
  • Innovate within the procurement space; look at new ways to structure programs or categories, benefit from changes in supply market, or modify tools/processes to add value.
  • Provide support throughout the sourcing and contracting process when necessary, ensuring seamless handoff to GBS or other teams when appropriate.
  • Strictly uphold Company and Department policies and procedures.
  • Relationships:

  • Reports to Senior Manager of Corporate Procurement, part of the Global Finance organization
  • Works under minimal supervision
  • Is comfortable working remotely as necessary and with virtual teams
  • Has sufficient business acumen and interpersonal skills to lead via influence where a formal management relationship does not exist.
  • Develops and maintains meaningful relationships with applicable internal peers, the project procurement team, suppliers and subcontractors, professional associations, existing and potential new clients.
  • Authority:

  • Commits, spends and controls client and company dollars within limits established in company policies or procedures.
  • Oversees and where necessary approves the commitments made by buyers within limits established
  • Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • Degree in Business, Law, Engineering, Supply Management or other applicable field, and training in procurement. Experience in lieu of a degree is acceptable.
  • Experience:

  • Procurement experience, preferably within the engineering and construction industry.
  • Significant experience in managing procurement operations on major projects, including drafting and formulating contracts, RFx development, negotiations, administering major purchase orders, contracts or subcontracts.
  • Experience in projects related to HR Services and Contingent Labor, including recruitment, training, and talent management – either as a Procurement professional or a practitioner in the function. VMS, MSP and staffing agency experience a plus.
  • Certifications:

  • None required. Certification from the Institute for Supply Management or National Contract Management Association (or other international equivalent) is desirable.
  • Travel:

  • Less than 5%
  • Why Jacobs?

    We clear the way for inventive thinking, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can. 

    Our Culture:

    We’re invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.

    We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative.

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    As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role.

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