Category Manager-HR Services/Contingent Labor

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Job Family: Category management
Updated At: July 23, 2019

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Weatherford is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies providing innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates in over 90 countries and has a network of approximately 1,000 locations, including manufacturing, service, research and development, and training facilities and employs approximately 29,500 people. For more information, visit and connect with Weatherford on LinkedInTwitterYouTube and Facebook.

Weatherford delivers innovative technologies and services designed to meet the world’s current and future energy needs in a safe, ethical, and sustainable manner. Grounded by our core values and inspired by our world-class people, we are committed to being a trusted business partner to those we serve.



The Category Manager will establish progress and champion transformative category strategies, based upon vast market research, existing and future state demand requirements to deliver best in class quality, cost, and delivery results at global level. The category is responsible for assuring spend is maintained and managed to out-perform business expectation.  This role leads strategy development and execution related to Contingent Labor processes, systems and operational delivery.  Beyond Contingent Labor, this Category Manager is the key interface for all commercial initiatives with Human Resources and the Quality-Health-Safety & Environment groups. 


Understand and adhere to all safety regulations and applicable Weatherford Policies.

Ensure all of Weatherford’s Codes of Conduct and Compliance are followed as applicable

Understand, recommend, and support the implementation of all new and revised streamlined policies and processes to continuously improve the planning and materials management function across Weatherford

Oversee and negotiate contract agreements in alignment with global initiatives to drive the best value and service, while ensuring business continuity, while adhering to compliance and regulatory policies

Know and understand Weatherford Quality Policy and comply with all requirements of the Quality Systems Manual, Operating and Technical Procedures and Workplace Instructions.

Work assignments to be carried out with the highest level of quality

Establish a culture of continuous improvement to define the function’s best-in-class status

Identify, coach and mentor junior category managers, sourcing leads and operational leaders as part of an overall talent management effort to recruit, retain, and engage top talent

Partner with applicable stakeholders to develop strategies that will secure capacity for critical disciplines or product lines

Establish, manage and maintain a strong and consistent supplier pipeline through strategic alliances, while ensuring appropriate mechanisms are in place to assess supplier quality and capability. Pipeline should consist of suppliers who furnish materials and services which result in a clearly identifiable advantage in functionality, price, quality, delivery reliability, logistics, partnership and/or reduced total landed cost

Oversee and negotiate contract agreements in alignment with global initiatives to drive the best value and service, while ensuring business continuity, and adhering to compliance and regulatory policies

Perform spend analysis to establish a detailed view of the current spend segmentation for assigned categories

Accountable for producing reports to measure results against strategies and goals

Conduct risk analysis associated with the development and deployment of outlined multi-year strategies

Ensure key stakeholders are fully engaged and provide input to category strategy

Provide tools and guidance for team members to develop, execute and sustain sub-category or specific supply chain strategies within the category

Establish process methodologies to document and archive business requirements that the regional teams can execute

Develop and execute on a detailed communication plan, defining the global category strategy and performance drivers

Exhibit and deliver deep expertise within their category area, with an intimate knowledge of the supply market, key dynamics and latest thinking within the field. Have a clear view of supply market analysis and segmentation as well as developing and driving category strategy and implementation plan, taking in account optimum purchasing channels and contracting

Build, advance, and maintain positive internal customer relationships

Interacts with key stakeholders effectively and professionally

Create a “Customer-focused” environment

Apply customer relationship and “account management” skills and behaviors

Understands the financial impact that an effective and efficient category management function can have on the performance of the enterprise

Develop category cost improvement strategies and cost reduction models for specific product line.

Counsels key stakeholders and team members as required on financial impact

Strong understanding of the purpose of a Contingent Labor management process and how it is executed in a large complex environment with multiple product lines and complex supply chains

Proven ability to work in a collaborative environment to achieve a common goal

Sufficient relationship skills to develop a network in multiple geographic regions and multiple organizational units

Strong negotiating and influencing skills

Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact effectively at all levels of the company

Persistent drive for results utilizing sound analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills. 

Effectively negotiates and communicates cross-functionally across the organization, coordinating with various functions to exceed objectives. 

Follows established procedures and best practices.

Exhibit a sense of urgency and independent initiative toward accomplishing objectives.

Excellent communication skills in English (verbal and written) with the ability to achieve results through effective relationship management

Strong project management skills with the ability to establish priorities and drive teams to planned outcomes

Ability to rapidly assimilate information and solve complex problems

Passion for continuous improvement

Demonstrate commercial acumen by developing strategic implementation plans for new concepts and ideas as required by senior leaders and business objectives

Represents Company and the Supply Chain Function to both clients and the vendor community in a fair, ethical, and professional manner



Minimum BA/BS degree in Business, Supply Chain, or Engineering

Must have expereince sourcing & contracting related to major company benefit plans (Health, Dental, Prescriptions, Vision, 401K and Retirement)

Must have experience with Contingent Labor & HR Services 

10+ years of relevant work experience in Category Management, at a global or regional level

5+ years’ experience leading a regional team

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP) knowledge in an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system

Track record of 5+ years with exceptional savings performance and delivery, comprising a mix of operations and supply chain management skills

5+ years of experience in Category Management or Strategic Sourcing

Knowledge or firsthand experience with upstream oilfield services work processes

Highly skilled in the use of Microsoft Office products, especially Excel


APICS certification and knowledge of Lean, Six Sigma and/or other Supply Chain Planning or Continuous Improvement methodologies. JDE/Oracle experience a plus

Master’s degree in Business or Supply Chain

CPM or CPSM Certification

CMA Certification



Weatherford offers competitive compensation and benefits upon hire; including paid vacation to start, matching 401K program, comprehensive benefits program and opportunities for on-going training and career development. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – Priority Referral Requested

Weatherford is an Equal Opportunity Employer Females/ Minorities/ Veterans/Disabled and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.




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