Director, Category Management at Zayo

| Greater Denver Area
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Company Description

Zayo provides mission-critical bandwidth to the world’s most impactful companies, fueling the innovations that are transforming our society. Zayo’s 133,000-mile network in North America and Europe includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. Zayo’s communications infrastructure solutions include dark fiber, private data networks, wavelengths, Ethernet, and dedicated Internet access. Zayo serves wireless and wireline carriers, media, tech, content, finance, healthcare and other large enterprises.

Position Description

The Director of Category Management will be responsible for developing and driving Category strategy in-line with Procurement Organization objectives. The role will be a critical strategic partner to functional teams and Operations in managing total spend while procuring quality products and services to meet Zayo requirements. This role will oversee a team of procurement specialist managing and supporting construction and network operations categories.


  • Manage a small team of Procurement professionals who supports all categories related to Network Operations and Construction such as major / national construction projects, local network expansion, infrastructure rights, network maintenance & restoration, network materials & equipment

  • Identify and realize significant cost savings from assigned categories

  • Oversee development of strategic plans for management of all vendors in assigned categories

  • Approve recommended targets for cost savings, service levels and vendor management approach (including vendor segmentation)

  • Approve recommended resource allocations across procurement projects and initiatives based on strategic plan priorities 

  • Develop category strategies for approval by Procurement Lead and relevant Operations Leaders. These plans will serve as a primary input into Procurement annual budget planning and KPIs

  • Communicate Procurement performance to key Zayo internal customers

  • Actively manage all stages of strategic sourcing related to assigned categories:

    • Conducts spend analysis

    • Understand business requirements

    • Analyze supply markets and evaluate supplier risk

    • Assess and mitigate supply chain disruptions 

    • Develop and execute competitive bidding schedule

    • Manage end-to-end RFP/vendor selection process and make recommendations for business award

    • Conduct periodic business review and drive continuous improvement in supply base 

    • Manage supplier performance management (service level, quality, cost, delivery) 

  • Identify and report gaps to Procurement Lead and relevant Functional Team Leads in current process, standards, systems, tools and best practices that Procurement Support functions can support 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Finance or related field 

  • Minimum eight (8) years relevant industry experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain management and vendor relationship management

  • Experience from Telco or related Industry, preferred

  • Category experience with assigned spend categories, preferred

  • Line experience and training with a major firm with a significant sourcing practice, preferred 

  • Certifications in disciplines such as Procurement, contract review and management or Operational Planning, preferred

  • Strategic sourcing experience and capabilities:

    • Services spend management

    • RFP development and selection process

    • Vendor negotiations

    • Vendor management

  • Results-driven mindset and capabilities, adept at resource prioritization, target setting, budgeting and business case development

  • Excellent project management skills to manage strategy development and execution across multiple service providers and site locations

  • Motivated, high-energy and self-starter business mindset; proven change agent with excellent facilitation and problem-solving skills

  • Cross-functional teams experience and capabilities:

    • Experience working in and driving results in cross-functional teams, as they will regularly interface with site-level purchasing teams and internal customers to drive national category strategy execution

  • Interpersonal skills:

    • Strong interpersonal and vendor management skills, as Manager could serve as a main point of contact for key national vendors

  • Negotiation skills:

    • Track record of successfully shaping the procurement decision-making process in situations where there are competing objectives. Must have extensive negotiation experience and be comfortable representing the Zayo’s interests in interactions with vendors and other counterparties

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills required to develop Category strategy, considering:

    • National demand forecasts

    • Contract development

    • Service level requirements

    • Vendor and industry dynamics

  • Proficient in synthesizing apparently unrelated ideas to identify the optimal solution or to develop a coherent plan or vision

Required Competencies

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other MS Office applications

  • Tools and processes will be in place to provide support; early support required from Category Manager role to complete selection of tools

Additional Notes

  • Travel as needed


Base salary range: $137,300-170,000/annually

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

Benefits, Rewards & Wellness

  • Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) - Full-time Zayo employees are also eligible for discretionary AIP which is based on the performance of the Company, an employee’s business segment, and the individual employee

  • Sales Incentive Plan - Full-time Zayo sales employees are also eligible for discretionary incentive cash compensation through our Sales Incentive Plan

  • Excellent Health, Dental & Vision Insurance

  • Retirement 401(k) Savings Plan

  • Fitness membership discounts

  • Generous paid time off policy including paid parental leave

Please note, in accordance with Zayo's commitment to providing and maintaining a workplace free of recognized hazards, all U.S. and Canadian employees and any employee, vendor, customer, or visitor who enters a Zayo office or facility in the U.S. and Canada must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of such vaccination. If you are hired by Zayo, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

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In Colorado we have campuses in Downtown Denver and on 29th Street Mall in Boulder, where employees can benefit from access to restaurants, retail, fitness and more!

What are Zayo Perks + Benefits

Zayo Benefits Overview

Zayo Group is committed to providing our employees with a benefits program that is both comprehensive and competitive. Our benefits program offers health care, dental and vision coverage, as well as financial security to our employees and their families.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
B Strong, Greenhouse Scholars, A Precious Child, AMP the Cause, There With Care, Boulder Parks and Rec, and many more....
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) enable you to put aside money for important expenses & help reduce your income taxes at the same time. Zayo employees can contribute up to $2,650 annually.
Disability Insurance
If you are out of work for an extended period or time due to a disabling injury or illness, disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $5000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Dental exams can help you & your dentist detect problems in the early stages when treatment is simpler & costs are lower. Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your medical health.
Vision Benefits
The vision plan covers routine eye exams and also pays for all or a portion of the costs of glasses or contact lenses if you need them.
Health Insurance Benefits
Each person's health care needs are different. That's why our medical plan offers multiple options (3) so that you can choose the coverage level best-suited to your personal situation.
Life Insurance
Your family depends on your income for a comfortable lifestyle and for the resources necessary to make their dreams a reality! Zayo offers Basic Term Life and AD&D as well as supplemental insurance.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Do you love working out? So do we which is why Zayo offers access to group fitness sessions and company-sponsored events, such as the B Strong Ride.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Zayo Group offers a 401(k) plan through Fidelity. Eligible employees may join the plan as soon as administratively feasible after their date of hire and may contribute up to the IRS limit of $19,000.
401(K) Matching
Zayo matches 50% of employee contributions up to 4% with a cap at 2% match.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Zayo employees receive between 0 and 25 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
We encourage our employees to give back to our communities by providing 4 hours of Volunteer Time Off per quarter.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Zayo Group offers the option to elect Commuter Benefits which helps you pay for public transportation and parking costs while commuting to and from work using pretax dollars.
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted twice monthly and include alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
Parking is available at Zayo offices.
Recreational Clubs
Love sports? So do we! We offer a variety of options to get involved with your co-workers outside of the office.
Fitness Subsidies
We strongly believe that there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our employees and families. To promote health and fitness, Zayo has partnered with GymPass.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
The tuition reimbursement program provides an opportunity for Zayo employees to further their education and to apply to be reimbursed for eligible education expenses.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Zayo is committed to providing opportunities for employees to expand and grow their knowledge base through lunch and learn sessions.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning

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