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Sr. Category Analyst

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Location: Columbus, OH, United States
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Req ID: R00934467

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Job Title: Senior Category Analyst 

Job Code: 107890 


Successful applicants for the Senior Category Analyst role in IT Supply Chain will be curious, self-motivated, and able to learn quickly while providing excellent customer service to our internal business partners.  Candidates with excellent communication and analytical skills from other disciplines are encouraged to apply in the absence of specific Supply Chain experience.

The Senior Category Analyst is responsible for helping drive value through the strategic sourcing and the supplier relationship management processes. The applicant must be highly analytical and self-driven with a proven ability to collect and analyze data, build out cost models, draw conclusions, present findings to drive decisions, and track and manage supplier performance metrics.  The Senior Category Analyst must possess an ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and still meet business performance measures, including timelines for sourcing activities and planning for future sourcing needs of the business units.  

The Senior Category Analyst reports to the Manager, Category Management. 


Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Support supplier relationship management of designated categories.   

  • Collect and analyze raw data to build cost models (using spreadsheets, organizing data, creating graphs) and identify savings / avoidance opportunities 

  • Analyze data and create reports and presentations regarding key business measures such as supplier performance, spend analytics and market trends. 

  • Lead the RFX process for medium to large sized initiatives, which includes but is not limited to: supplier communication, development of business requirements and decision/evaluation criteria, document creation and distribution, response analysis, negotiation analysis, and supplier selection 

  • Partner with key stakeholders to develop, negotiate, and execute contracts. 

  • Oversee Purchase Order lifecycle and ensure terms and conditions align with established strategy 

  • Review, analyze, and approve purchase requests with established suppliers  

  • Manage and resolve contract disputes 

  • Understand savings and operational targets and develop and execute on plans to deliver on targets  

  • Proactively taking prompt action to accomplish work goals and to achieve results beyond what is required 

  • Identify, recommend, and implement process improvements 

  • Communicate effectively to build and maintain internal and external relations and resolve issues 

  • Support a positive work environment 

  • Perform Category Lead duties in the absence of a Category Lead 


Required Qualifications for Position 


  • Bachelor's degree or three to five years’ experience in supply chain, procurement or category management 

  • Ability to define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts, and draw well-supported conclusions 

  • Knowledge and understanding of sourcing methodologies 

  • Ability to manage multiple commodities or work streams 

  • Ability to negotiate 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, word, etc.) 

  • Planning and organizational skills 

  • Critical/analytical thinking skills 

  • Ability to support a positive work environment/work collaboratively 

  • Ability to execute and drive results while gaining commitment from others 

  • Ability to establish plans and meet deadlines 

  • Ability to adapt quickly to change 

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results, achieve goals and business objectives 


Preferred Additional Qualifications for Position 


  • Advanced Excel/modeling capabilities  

  • Basic knowledge of contract management & administration  

  • CPSM 

  • Ability to manage and mitigate contractual risk 

  • Knowledge of procurement/ERP software (PeopleSoft, Ariba, or similar) 

  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects and tasks with minimal oversight and direction 

  • Ability to build strategic working relationships 

  • Supply chain experience in the utility industry 




The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position. 

Inclusion & Diversity 
Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities. 

Safety Statement
Promote a safe work environment by actively participating in all aspects of our employee safety program.  Report any unsafe conditions and take actions to prevent personal injuries.  Support our interdependent safety culture by ensuring the safety of your co-workers.  Stay focused on the task at hand and promote productivity through good work habits.

Salary Range:

$91,000.00 - $136,600.00

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