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Learning Care Group Associate Category Manager - IT Services / Technology in Novi, Michigan

Associate Category Manager - IT Services / Technology

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  • Brand:

Learning Care Group, Inc.

  • Location:

21333 Haggerty Rd



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Be a difference maker, with Learning Care Group. We are a community of collaborative, bold, fun, dedicated individuals, whose passion is the many children we guide, teach, and protect every day. As early education leaders, we’re making a strong, lasting, positive impact on children. Here, you’ll find a dynamic environment and culture that is open, friendly, welcoming, and collaborative. Are you ready to be an inspiring, innovative force that prepares children for elementary school—and beyond? Their future begins now. And so does yours.

The Assistant Category Manager (IT Services / Technology) will play a key role in managing budgets, purchases, and vendor relationships in the Information Technology area. This individual will have the opportunity to bring their software and technology knowledge while managing industry best procurement and purchasing processes.

Job Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and present comprehensive category review, including annual financial budgets for assigned categories. In concert with internal business partners develop a detailed financial budget through an analysis of previous years spend while anticipating new influences that will affect assigned category.

  • In partnership with the Category Manager provide weekly forecasts, and full future period outlook for the supported categories. Identify current trends and behaviors that are causing material changes to category forecasts. Communicate and develop action plans with the appropriate internal/external business partners to bring the category back in line with the forecast. Develop data collection and reporting on A/P and G/L activity for assigned categories

  • Full P&L responsibility for the assigned categories. Reviewed for appropriate authorized spend, aligned with validating the expected timing of expenses versus budget.

  • Review invoices and validate that costs for labor and materials are aligned with contract pricing and note any deviations from contract pricing.

  • Collaborate with team members in developing leading practices in Procurement and Operational efficiencies through the identification of winning strategies and tactics for optimal value to the organization.

  • Identify buying sources for all expenses within the categories and determine the optimal buying strategy to eliminate non-strategic vendors and p-card usage.

  • Supplier Management – In partnership with the Category Manager develop KPI’s and complete periodic business reviews to analyze current trends and develop opportunities for cost reduction and value add opportunities.

  • Where applicable ensure that inventory levels are appropriate for business requirements.

  • Category review of any inventory assortment validating the optimal method of purchase i.e. punch-out, hosted catalogs or other buying methods as deemed appropriate.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • College degree in business, finance, accounting or related category experience

  • CPSM certification (preferred)

  • Three – five years of financial and data analytics or related category experience

Other Skills and Abilities Qualifications:

  • Excellent customer service skills with both internal and external customers. Able to tailor communication based on the audience for the message.

  • Command presence in order to articulate budgets, forecasts, and business execution assumptions/results to C-Level audience.

  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Excel (advanced functions and data management skills required)

  • Exhibits composure will working with frequent interruptions and changing priorities.

  • Must be fluid in business process improvement.

  • Superior communication skills, written, verbal and interpersonal.

  • Proficient time management, organizational skills and ability to meet established deadlines

We at Learning Care Group know our best asset is our people! So we’ve made a commitment to ensure all employees feel valued, with a robust, comprehensive offering that is competitive and exceeds your expectations. That means market-relevant compensation, a targeted range of health and wellness benefits (including life insurance, dental, vision, as well as medical available for full-time positions), and retirement planning, with our new 401k match. For us, it’s simple: Provide great rewards, keep employees engaged, and create difference makers. We encourage your talent, recognize your potential, and support your growth through ongoing training and development so you can give children a great start. We also offer tuition reimbursement, assistance with gaining a CDA (worth college credit toward an Early Childhood degree), and our exclusive Master Teacher program to enhance your skills—and increase your pay. Don’t wait. Start strong today.