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Category Manager

Job ID 7166
Job Location Rockville - MD
Category Management
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

The Category Manager supports the Indian Health Services (IHS) Office of Management and Budget. This position works to drive sustainable, efficient IT Procurement strategies to optimize business efficiency.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.


Performs category management support to include; strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, contract and performance risk management.


Performs procurement reporting and analysis of management information to identify potential improvement opportunities.


Drives development and innovation of future growth plans in assigned categories.


Assesses customer and stakeholder satisfaction with common contract solutions and strategies.


Identifies innovative procurement solutions that provides cashable savings and processes efficiencies for IHS.


Analyzes IT spend data, share market intelligence improving agencies and their acquisitions of common goods and services. Supports development of BIC vehicles for use by other agencies.


Facilitates implementation of procurement change initiatives within category to improve business performance.


Develops category-specific strategic plans, informed by market intelligence, industry outreach, and agency collaboration, that include key strategies to drive success in achieving the targets and goals in accordance with OMB instruction.


Works with OMB on instructions and directives to improve spend under management and promotes adoption of other strategies, best practices and guidance.


Regularly reviews practices that are suitable for business process reengineering and work with OFPP, CAOs, and other stakeholders to identify and eliminate steps. Including those that have traditionally been viewed as foundational; that impede economy and efficiency or whose costs outweigh the benefits.


Reviews agency analyses of alternatives (AoAs) and drafts business cases. Makes recommendations to OMB.


Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.


Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. 


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.



Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience.



Must be able to obtain government security clearance



Excellent computer skills with proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Ability to respond to requests in a professional, helpful and timely manner

Ability to identify problems and to use sound judgment

Outstanding communication, organization, and problem solving skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Proven ability to manage and prioritize multiple, diverse projects simultaneously

Ability to be flexible, independent and self-motivated



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. 



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.