Procurement Category Lead

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 07/29/17 by Caroline Steer
5 - 7 years experience
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 07/29/17 Caroline Steer

Job Summary:

Our organization serves as the MSP (Managed Service Provider) and assists with all contingentworker needs in the categories of staff augmentation, statement of work (SOW) and Independent Contractors. This role will support the statement of work (SOW) business with all facets of the RfP process: proper worker classification, vendor selection, SOW setup, etc. with varying degrees of complexity and/or sensitivity, ensuring that cost, quality, and delivery terms are adhered to and met.

The Procurement Category Lead is primarily responsible for strategically sourcing new and existing vendors, negotiating and administering contracts with vendors with varying degrees of complexity and/or sensitivity, ensuring that cost, quality, and delivery terms are adhered to and met. The Procurement Category Lead will be a key resource for all procurement and purchasing issues related to SOW based work. This role is accountable for providing procurement leadership throughout all categories, as well as responsible for building a relationship with business owner/hiring manager contacts and internal departments, reviewing purchase requisitions, ensuring appropriate authorization and adequate documentation from key members within the organization. The Procurement Category Lead will be selecting and conferring with vendors to solicit information including price, delivery schedules; coordinate with the representatives from vendor companies and internally to construct, negotiate, and assess all contracts and services. This role reports to the Director, Services Procurement.

Essential Functions:

  • Deep working and demonstrable knowledge of IT services
  • Detailed experience and knowledge of the strategic sourcing process lifecycle
  • Development, coordination, and strategic implementation of procurement sourcing plans that provide maximum value to the business while effectively managing organizational spend
  • Demonstrated experience with driving cost reduction and other savings initiatives
  • Engaging internal stakeholders in order to understand business objectives and desired market related outcomes
  • Maintain, influence and develop relationships with leadership and Executives
  • Leading procurement projects including negotiation of contracts & commercial terms consistent with maximizing business value
  • Measuring and reporting value delivered
  • Conduct strategic supplier sourcing activities including RFx, negotiations, contracting, price analyses, and program management to support new strategies
  • Evaluating and Classifying labor categories correctly
  • Involved in wide ranging planning cycles from short term to multi-year sourcing activities
  • Develop and negotiate vendor SLAs, KPIs and performance metrics
  • Assure that adequate price competition exists and favorable supply arrangements are met
  • Manage customer’s expectations through timely feedback and proactive communication
  • Recommend and implement cost saving and cost avoidance measures
  • Review contract compliance, identify problem situations and recommend corrective measures
  • Identify risk situations and coordinate solutions with management `
  • Knowledge of VMS systems
  • Knowledge ERP systems

Decision Making Level:

  • Responsible for using independent judgment and making decisions that require a great degree of creative, analytical, and problem solving ability
  • Negotiate and support SLA agreements with new and existing vendors to ensure expected performance levels are maintained

Minimum Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum BS in supply chain/purchasing or equivalent substantive experience
  • At least 5years in progressive blue chip procurement or strategic sourcing organization
  • Sourcing categoryexperience in Financial Services, IS, Research & Data Biometrics and Trail Management preferred

Requisite Abilities and/or Skills:

  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Above average organization and customer service skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks concurrently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (written and verbal) required with the ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Experience in implementation of processes, policies and methodologies
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills including advanced use of Excel
  • Working knowledge of Ariba, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Visio, and related computer skills

Core Competencies:

  • Customer Focus
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Approachability
  • Drive for Results
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Business Acumen
  • Self-Development
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