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Category Manager - Kiewit Supply Network


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 155319 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: DHO Kiewit Supply Network 

Department: Procurement 

Market: Corporate Home Office 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The position is responsible for development and implementation of procurement strategies for various categories as assigned, which are in alignment with Project objectives for cost, quality, schedule, etc. The position will focus on achieving “best cost” while improving efficiencies throughout the procurement process from estimate to contract close-out to drive savings across the company.

District Overview

Kiewit Supply Network group specializes in providing comprehensive procurement services to clients across the construction and engineering industries in multiple markets, including transportation; water/wastewater; power; oil, gas and chemical; building; and mining.  Our key objectives are to offer clients a world-class service focused on ensuring equipment, materials and services are consistently estimated and procured at the right price. We strive to offer an appropriate level of quality and ensure materials and services are delivered on schedule and in compliance with the client’s specifications and expectations.  


This position will be based out of our Lenexa, KS. 


  • Develop category strategy to achieve financial savings targets through detailed analysis of the category portfolio including consolidation of supplier base and spend across all geographical areas
  • Closely monitor the global supply market with regards to pricing & commodity trends, supplier capacity, supplier news, industry news and new product developments
  • Aggressively pursue defined Category Management (CM) strategy in order to ensure competitive advantage for Kiewit and to position Kiewit as a market leader and preferred client of our key suppliers
  • Proactively challenge current procurement, estimating, and cost tracking practices to drive improved results
  • Build wide and effective networks of contacts inside and outside the organization
  • Ensure that strategies for assigned categories evolve to adequately address changing market conditions
  • Negotiate Master Agreements with key suppliers
  • Execute supplier management programs with key suppliers including the development of performance metrics (Spend/Saving Tracker, KPI's, SLA's, etc.), performance goals and improvement initiatives, monitor and report on supplier performance and compliance
  • Understand every aspect of the supply chain and notify the senior management team of any possible obstacles to ideal efficiency
  • Perform cost analysis and set appropriate benchmarks for suppliers and commodities against Kiewit projects and districts


  • 5-10 years’ experience in an engineering and/or construction related role
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, supply chain management, construction management or equivalent degree preferred
  • Extensive expertise in procurement, estimating, business, and leadership
  • Strong functional knowledge of ERP systems, including ability to collect, organize, analyze and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Highest standards of accuracy and precision; highly organized
  • Self-motivated, driven to succeed, strong critical thinker, and able to think and communicate in terms of process flow

Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    FIELD ROLES ONLY May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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