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Marketing Category Specialist

Galveston, TX, US, 77550


Who we are.

American National is a successful and stable corporation guided by five core values: Financial Strength, Integrity, Respect, Service and Teamwork. We are among America’s Most Trustworthy Financial Companies according to Forbes. We’ve spent the last 110+ years earning this reputation and we work each day to expand this legacy. We know we’re not just selling insurance, we’re providing security and peace of mind to our 5 million policyholders.

 

The growth, innovation and success of American National are driven by our incredible employees who thrive on delivering exceptional service to our clients. Success begins and ends with our people. Their loyalty and dedication to American National is why we’re successful.

If you share our values and can contribute to our mission of providing the highest quality service to our clients, we want to hear from you!

 

Why join us?

We know that our employees’ lives encompass much more than the time they spend at work. To help them maintain a healthy work/life balance, we’ve compiled a generous benefits package, including: medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending account, matching 401(k), paid time off, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement and referral bonuses.

 

We’ve also incorporated unique benefits like our volunteer program where employees are provided PTO for giving their time to a non-profit of their choice. Healthy employees are productive employees so we also have a comprehensive wellness program that includes onsite fitness centers and classes or discounted gym memberships, free health screenings, free flu shots, and more. ​

Marketing Category Specialist

The Marketing Category Specialist role operates as part of a growing and collaborative procurement team responsible for the execution of sourcing activities supporting the Marketing category. Examples of marketing include creative, promotional items, photography, events and sponsorships. The Marketing Category Specialist is responsible for building effective business partnerships with an array of internal departments and management levels, creating value and delivering cost savings. The role acts as a liaison between the Corporate Procurement organization and various marketing divisions across the enterprise to build and grow relationships with budget owners and other business group personnel and to establish Procurement as a key business partner.

 

Responsibliities:

  • Negotiate prices and handle issues with the vendors
  • Partners with key business stakeholders to initiate, plan and manage sourcing activities across marketing spend categories from inception through contract execution.
  • 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 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.
  • category management (sourcing, negotiation, contracting and RFx) for an established portfolio of highly similar marketing products and services. Examples of marketing include creative, promotional items, photography, events and sponsorships.
  • Manage suppliers and vendors addressing issues on deliveries, invoicing or quality.
  • Work with Accounts Payable to make sure invoices process in a timely manner and address any issues with the vendor or Accounts Payable to get resolved. They also work with Accounts Payable to set up any new vendors.
  • Coordinate deliveries to the warehouse and monitor forms inventory to make sure it is accurate.
  • Provide quotes for large build outs for the real estate group and coordinate the delivery of furniture for the facilities managers.
  • Coordinate new contracts, Purchase Orders and provide the preferred vendors for Information Technology Finance 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 their knowledge of the category of spend on product and vendor recommendations when leadership is working on a project or needs a project researched.

 

Qualifications

  • 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 and be willing to advance.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking 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 tell 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.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Hiring Practices

The preceding job posting has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this role. 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 always have the ability to determine their application status by logging into our Career Portal.

 

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

 

American National is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of 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, Marketing, Finance, Technology

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