PB CAREERS: Office Depot Max – Procurement Category Manager Private Brand

Office DepotOffice Depot Max – Procurement Category Manager Private Brand

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has combined annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs about 66,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with more than 2,200 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company’s portfolio of leading brands includes Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Viking, Ativa, TUL, Foray, and DiVOGA

Job Location: 6600 N Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33496
County: Palm Beach
Job Id: 1131712


  • Accountable for ongoing category management activities within an assigned scope of spend categories to achieve business objectives and benefit targets
  • Expected to stay abreast of recent global industry trends and understands the implications to cost, quality and risk
  • Based on market forces and internal requirements, develops sourcing strategies and leads supplier selection process using qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Manages global strategic supplier relationships and rationalizes supply base within assigned spend categories
  • Must possesses knowledge in the assigned category, as well as functional expertise in the strategic sourcing process and methodologies

Bachelors degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain or experience in related field plus a minimum of 4 years experience in related field.

Other Information:

  • Ability to learn quickly and to think creatively
  • Proactive and dynamic, drives sense of urgency
  • Strong strategic thinker and able to succinctly communicate category strategy to business unit stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Cross functional team management and facilitation skills
  • Ability to effectively lead change within organization

Problem Solving/ Resolution

  • Develops solutions to complex problems
  • Regularly uses ingenuity and innovation to develop solutions that are consistent with organization objectives
  • Very strong analytic and negotiation skills
  • Superior communications, interpersonal and presentation skills with strong influencing and persuasive abilities

Technical Skills

  • Expertise in MS Office including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of Oracle ERP systems and online sourcing tools (ideally Ariba)
  • Must be capable of performing all aspects of category management, including:
  • Market Research
  • Strategy Development
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Supplier Performance Management
  • Internal Customer Engagement
  • Continuous Improvement

Position Specific Skills

  • Drives development of optimal strategies for complex categories
  • Knowledge of assigned categories, supply markets, suppliers and products
  • Detailed knowledge of the sourcing process including various sourcing strategies
  • Understanding of pricing models and contracts terms
  • Functional knowledge of e-sourcing tools
  • MS Office required, Ariba or similar sourcing software desired

Pay, Benefits and Work Schedule:
Office Depot offers competitive salaries, a benefits package, which includes a 401(k) and more, along with plenty of opportunity to move and grow within our organization! For immediate consideration for this exciting position, please click the Apply Now button.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Office Depot is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.