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Antech Diagnostics Commercial Global Category Leader - IT in Fountain Valley, California

We understand that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today, and that’s why we’re inspired to make A Better World for Pets. Antech is comprised of a diverse team of individuals who are committed to each other’s growth and development. Our culture is centered on our guiding philosophy, The Five Principles: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. Today Antech is driving the future of pet health as part of Mars Science & Diagnostics, a family-owned company focused on veterinary care.

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Job Purpose/Overview

The Commercial Global Category Leader IT will develop, optimize and implement strategic sourcing plans and national agreements based upon variable market conditions and demand for Science and Diagnostics, Inc.

Responsible for analyzing price information, market opportunities and driving the negotiation process by executing purchase agreements within the IT category. Categories may include specified areas of IT Services, Peripherals, hardware, software, and other categories as directed within the Global footprint for Science and Diagnostics, Inc., support Procure to Pay (P2P) systems, strategic sourcing initiatives, savings projects, for local and regional sourcing initiatives by ensuring stakeholder needs are met by effectively leveraging supplier relationships or strategic partnerships and to support the drive for standardization and cost reduction across Science and Diagnostics Global region. Responsibilities include protecting the business and maximizing value for money. Responsible for total annual spend of approximately $100M in purchases.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy Creation and Development

  • Define the global category strategy using Mars Strategic Sourcing Management (MSSM) process

  • Deploy in collaboration with the regional sourcing managers

  • Measure the global deployment efficiency

  • Ensure global Business continuity

  • Accountable for sustainable and responsible sourcing in his/her category

SPRM: Supplier Performance Relationship Management

  • Continuously develop these relationships to improve their value to the business

  • Organize high level meetings with key strategic partners

  • Frame long term relationship through global contracts

  • Evaluate end year performance for global players

Stakeholder’s Management

  • Engage our key stakeholders on our strategy by collecting Business needs

  • Share mid and long term commercial vision

  • Key interfaces: IT

Budget Management

  • Design the global strategy and regional specificities

  • Conduct global cost out initiatives to deliver a target of 5%

Knowledge Management

  • Identify, codify and deploy best practices to raise the bar of the category performance

  • Support the operational risk management

  • Ensure regional executions are in line with the global strategy

  • Conduct Quarterly Business Review with appropriate stakeholders

  • Represent the SDx voice towards the Mars GBU’s

  • Global expert of his/her category market and

Support Innovation

  • Upstream involvement in innovative projects

  • Frame the commercial aspect of supplier innovation projects

  • Lead/Support local and regional buying strategies

  • Lead the procure to pay process with a focus on efficiency and process improvements.

  • Lead bid activities, obtain competitive bids and identify negotiation opportunities with a focus on Total Cost of Ownership principles (savings and risk management)

  • Act as a contact for local and regional suppliers and develop/maintain supplier relationships.

  • Proactively support efficiencies and synergies with cross-segment peers in similar roles.

  • Ensure effective risk management of the supply base through robust contracts and monitoring.

  • Ensure compliance with proper procedures, policies, systems and controls.

  • Lead/Support global or regional projects as required.

  • Manage projects as needed to drive value to the business.

  • Accountable for operations and business results.

  • Responsible for savings reporting and reporting on value delivered to the business.

  • Negotiate and execute contracts that mitigate risk for the business.

  • Act as point of contact for contract-related issues.

  • Influence clients to align with regional and global buying strategies.

  • Complete market analysis and industry benchmarking as needed.

  • Implement, align, train and develop diverse suppliers.

  • Ensure value for money and operate within project budgets

  • Utilize the Mars Strategic Sourcing Methodology MSSM

Education and Experience

  • 5+ years of buying experience, with focus in the area of IT

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated successful performance in role of similar scope and breadth.

  • Buying experience for indirect and/or direct categories.

  • Proven Change Management and Project Management skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions in complex and/or ambiguous business environments.

  • Proven results in developing sourcing strategies, negotiating, contracting and generating savings and/or value for business.

  • History of building strong client and supplier relationships.


Up to 15-20%

Working Conditions

The associate is regularly required to apply manual dexterity, including hand/wrist flexibility, for computer keyboarding. The associate frequently is required to sit for extended periods of time, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The associate is frequently required to hear and speak in order to use the telephone, make presentations and communicate with people in an office or virtual environment. The associate is occasionally required to sit and stoop, bend, kneel, or crouch. The associate must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.

The associate will primarily work in a typical office environment or a remote home office. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The associate will be required to use a computer, spreadsheets, data base management, email, video conferencing and the Internet. The associate is frequently required to use a calculator; fax, copy machine, and phone system. The associate must occasionally use media equipment such as an overhead projector, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams. Environment where pets are present.

The Target Pay Range for this position is $90,000 - $125,000 annually. At Mars, pay decisions are determined using factors such as relevant job-related skills, experience, education, training and budget.

Antech offers an industry competitive benefits package and continues to invest in and evolve benefits programs that meet the health, wellness and financial needs of our associates.

Full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits and more:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision (multiple plans available)

  • Basic Life (company paid) & Supplemental Life

  • Short and Long Term Disability (company paid)

  • Flexible Spending Accounts/Health Savings Accounts

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • 401(k) with company match

  • Paid Time Off & Holidays

  • Tuition/Continuing Education Reimbursement

  • Life Assistance Program

  • Pet Care Discounts

  • Several other health and wellness benefits

We are a rapidly growing, stable company with excellent advancement opportunity. We offer a great benefits package and associate pet health benefits too! If you are passionate about animal healthcare, are motivated by making a difference we want to hear from you!

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans / Disabled. For a complete EEO statement please see our career page at Antech Careers (