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IT Category Manager

Spring, TX

At ExxonMobil, our vision is to lead in energy innovations that advance modern living and a net-zero future. As one of the world’s largest publicly traded energy and chemical companies, we are powered by a unique and diverse workforce fueled by the pride in what we do and what we stand for.


The success of our Upstream, Product Solutions and Low Carbon Solutions businesses is the result of the talent, curiosity and drive of our people. They bring solutions every day to optimize our strategy in energy, chemicals, lubricants and lower-emissions technologies. 


We invite you to bring your ideas to ExxonMobil to help create sustainable solutions that improve quality of life and meet society’s evolving needs. Learn more about our What and our Why and how we can work together.


ExxonMobil's state-of-the-art campus north of Houston serves as home to its Upstream, Product Solutions and Low Carbon Solutions businesses and their associated service groups. The facility opened in 2014 and accommodates more than 10,000 employees and visitors.


By bringing many global functional groups together, the campus provides employees with the tools and capabilities needed today, and in the future, to achieve business objectives and accelerate the discovery of new resources, technologies and products. It was designed to foster improved collaboration, creativity and innovation and enhance the company’s ability to attract, develop and retain the top talent in the industry.


The campus is located in Spring, Texas, on 385 wooded acres immediately to the west of Interstate Highway 45 (I-45), at the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road, approximately 25 miles from the cultural vibrancy of downtown Houston.


The campus was constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Its design incorporates extensive research into best practices in building and workplace design through extensive benchmarking of the world’s top academic, research, and corporate facilities.


What role you will play in our team

The IT Category Manager has overall responsibility to drive value creation, commercial intensity, and competitive advantage through disciplined, persistent internal and external market research as well as development and execution of category strategies.

They are responsible for design and execution of high-impact commercial actions, supplier relationship management and distribution of effective strategic, commercial, and contractual guidance. This position is responsible for a global portfolio, interfacing with other category managers around the world, business, technical, functional stakeholders as well as external parties. 

The IT Category Manager’s portfolio may cover technologies including Cloud (SaaS/IaaS/PaaS), Software, Hardware, and/or Network/Telecom. Candidate should have working understanding of one or more of these commodities, key suppliers in each category, and industry and market trends.

What you will do 

  • Develop, own, and implement category specific strategies and guidance, aligned with business and functional stakeholder objectives and market conditions
  • Conduct business, category and market research – analyze and synthesize to incorporate strategies and commercial guidance, identify best practices, and promote innovation
  • Deliver cost savings, cost avoidance, business, value chain and/or operational efficiencies leveraging total cost of ownership discipline as well as commercial intelligence including should cost models, benchmarking, and market indexes
  • Analyze business and functional stakeholders needs and market trends
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key/strategic suppliers fostering open communication and collaboration
  • Leverage and support supplier relationship management (SRM) framework to mitigate risk, improve performance and unlock value.
  • Identify, achieve, and report on value, sustainability, and supplier diversity objectives
  • Lead, coach and mentor Contract Owners, fellow Category Managers, business and functional stakeholders on sourcing and commercial best practices and tactics
  • Actively contribute to developing and building commercial and sourcing skills within the category and across the Procurement organization
  • Establish and directly negotiate and/or support negotiations of agreements with advantaged terms, best in class compensation, and strong supply security features
  • Create and maintain category planning sites and tools to drive value for category 
  • Chair global category network calls to support dissemination of category knowledge, share best practices and market intelligence, and ensure alignment with global company priorities
  • Develop Category Total Cost of Ownership models to support commercial activity 
  • Drive and steward business value and identify contract rationalization opportunities within the portfolio 
  • Monitor the selection and management process of current suppliers, verifying compliance with the policy 
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of all category influencers and become the commercial category subject matter expert 
  • Develop and maintain strong technical knowledge of category

About you

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Engineering, Supply Chain, or other applicable business degrees
  • A minimum of 7 years relevant Procurement or IT experience
  • Proven ability to identify innovative solutions and savings opportunities with suppliers 
  • Demonstrated experience with change management and in managing complex projects.
  • Supplier Relationship Management experience 
  • Excellent negotiation experience, including terms and conditions 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to interpret market data including using benchmarking and indexes 
  • Ability to assess industry trends, latest technologies, and best practices in a timely matter to identify and take full advantage of market opportunities 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including leading without direct authority. 
  • Experience adhering to and enforcing project and procurement controls policies 
  • Expertise in strategy development
  • Demonstrated proficiency using data analysis tools and solutions for reporting and decision making.
  • Strong business acumen and the ability to evaluate commercial opportunities within the context of overall business objectives


Preferred Qualifications/ Experience

  • Business and category management acumen
  • Experience managing global networks / international business experience 
  • Strong understanding and application of total cost of ownership, and ability to derive total cost of ownership models and should cost models 
  • Demonstrated Project planning / execution skills 
  • Proven ability to drive continuous improvement / innovation 
  • Knowledge of purchase to pay processes (Buying, Contracting, Payables) 
  • Knowledge of basic to more advanced (e.g., performance based) commercial constructs with ability to effectively design and negotiate into a contract instrument
  • Demonstrated experience in contract development, setup, and stewardship. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead virtual team projects or initiatives 
  • Ability to lead developments and advancements of commercial proficiencies within team, category, and across Procurement.
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and external parties.
  • Ability to think strategically, identify opportunities and develop actionable plans.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key market players 

Your benefits 

An ExxonMobil career is one designed to last. Our commitment to you runs deep: our employees grow personally and professionally, with benefits built on our core categories of health, security, finance, and life.


We offer you: 

  • Pension Plan: Enrollment is automatic and at no cost to you. The basic benefit is a monthly annuity to be paid to you in retirement for the rest of your life
  • Savings Plan: You can contribute between 6% and 20% of your pay and are encouraged to enroll right away. If you contribute at least 6% to your savings plan, the Company will contribute a 7% match
  • Workplace Flexibility: We have several programs such as “Flex your Day”, providing ad-hoc flexibility around when and where you work, as well as longer-term programs such as leaves of absence and part-time work
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Culture of Health: Programs and resources to support your wellbeing
  • Employee Health Advisory Program: Provides confidential professional counseling for you and your family, including tools and resources promoting mental health and resiliency at no additional cost to you
  • Disability Plan: Income replacement for when you cannot work due to illness or injury occurring on or off the job. Enrollment is automatic and at no cost to you


More information on our Company’s benefits can be found at here


Please note benefits may be changed from time to time without notice, subject to applicable law.

ExxonMobil is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or physical or mental disability.


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