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Category Specialist, Corp Procurement Services

Galveston, TX, US, 77550

American National is an established, stable, and successful multi-line insurance corporation that has provided financial strength and a sense of security to employees, customers and business partners since 1905.  We’ve been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s most trustworthy financial companies and best mid-sized employers. With focus on our organization’s values and cultural richness: Financial Strength, Integrity, Respect, Service and Teamwork (FIRST) and Agility, Collaboration, and Engagement (ACE) we continue to pursue our vision to be a leading provider of financial products and services for current and future generations.


What’s in it for you?

American National supports a comfortable, diverse, and inclusive work environment, following a casual dress code and focus on healthy work-life balance. We understand that comprehensive benefits are important which is why we offer a generous package that includes: medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, matching 401(k), paid time off, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, health-wellness initiatives, and a volunteer program where employees are provided PTO for giving their time to a charity of choice, and referral bonuses! We also offer a comprehensive wellness program that includes onsite fitness centers and classes or discounted gym memberships, free health screenings, free flu shots, and more.

Category Specialist

This position is responsible for evaluating the vendors used in their category on an annual basis to see if they have delivered the product or service as outlined in that areas service level requirements.



  • Negotiate prices and handle issues with the vendors
  • Set up vendors and negotiate early payment discounts while working with Accounts Payable to make sure we are capturing the discounts
  • Verify vendor catalogs, both punch-out and internally hosted and verify that all catalogs are up to date with available products and correct pricing
  • Work on projects for process improvement within their category and work with suppliers on innovation
  • Assist with budgetary numbers for internal customers
  • Work on Projects and Research as needed to keep their category aligned with market changes.
  • Manage suppliers and vendors addressing issues on deliveries, invoicing or quality.
  • Work with Accounts Payable to set up new vendors, insure invoices process in a timely manner, and address any issues with the vendor or Accounts Payable to get resolved.
  • Coordinate new contracts, Purchase Orders and provide the preferred vendors to allow our systems team to submit orders.
  • Fulfill free form order requests in Coupa, trace deliveries on orders to endure timely delivery and provide ongoing training and support in the adoption of Coupa.
  • Offer expertise within categories including total spend on product and vendor recommendations when leadership is working on a project or needs a project researched.
  • This position will work alongside internal Marketing teams to develop strategic plan(s)-of-action for addressing short- and long-term objectives for the category to optimize various Marketing operations area budgets. 
  • Build relationships with stakeholders, conduct supplier interviews, and perform independent market research.
  • This position will facilitate marketing sourcing strategies ranging from tactical SOW renewals to strategic agency reviews, and should possesses the ability to aggregate, interpret and present quantitative and qualitative data.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience required. Preferably concentration in Finance or Business.
  • 2 – 4 years of business experience required. At least 1 – 2 years of procurement experience preferred.
  • Work with American National Team members to facilitate requests for proposals, request for quotes and invitations to bid.
  • Must have worked their category long enough to be a subject matter expert demonstrated through their knowledge of the category and be a technical expert in that category.
  • Ability to conform to shifting priorities in spend strategies, product demands and purchasing timelines through analytical capabilities.
  • Excellent Skills in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Coup and SAP.
  • Must manage the selection of preferred vendors, and document the selection process for those vendors, and maintain evaluations for those preferred vendors.
  • Must be a team player with a strong desire to succeed.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas verbally and in writing so others will understand.
  • Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Ability to recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.


Hiring Practices

The preceding job posting was designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It is not intended to be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.


American National’s recruitment policies help us place individuals in a timely and efficient manner. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted by our recruiting team. Candidates may check the status of their application(s) by logging into our Career Portal.


Learn more about our company, by following us on social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @CareerswithAN


American National is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing a diverse and inclusive environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected categories.


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“If you believe you can make a difference in the lives of our clients, if you’re willing to work hard, if you want a fulfilling career, and if your values match ours, then I want you to work for American National. ” – James Pozzi, President and CEO.




Nearest Major Market: Galveston
Nearest Secondary Market: Houston

Job Segment: Accounts Payable, Social Media, ERP, SAP, Market Research, Finance, Marketing, Technology

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