Job Description Summary:
DataStax powers the Right-Now Enterprise with the always-on, distributed clouddatabase built on Apache Cassandra™ anddesigned for hybrid cloud. We are seeking a talented Purchasing Manager to join our team.
The Purchasing Manager’s main task will be to develop, refine and lead the overall strategic and tactical buying process to support company goals. This includes assisting with or leading supplier negotiations, addressing contract terms, pricing and vendor performance.
Essential Job Functions:
Interact with key stakeholders building relationships and selling the features and benefits of early procurement involvement.
Manage and support procurement processes and related systems to ensure efficiency, cost savings and best practices.
Work with finance team throughout the procurement cycle to assist with forecasting and budgeting.
Perform sourcing, liaising and negotiating with new and existing suppliers to support purchasing goals.
Develop and manage supplier quote/RFP process for supplier selection.
Evaluate existing contracts for opportunities to re-negotiate with suppliers to produce better savings and increase value for spend.
Partner with employees at all levels of the organization to provide outstanding customer service and ensure customer satisfaction.
Maintain positive working relationships with strategic suppliers to assure cost, quality, and delivery targets are met.
Analyze market and delivery trends so as to develop procurement technologies and processes that support continuous improvement in procurement activities.
Report on outcome of activities including cost savings and process improvements
Manage buyers and scale team based on positive outcomes
BA or BS
7 years progressive experience in corporate purchasing and vendor selection
3 years purchasing staff management experience
Exceptional negotiation skills with proven knowledge of standard procurement practices, contracts, and negotiation diplomacy.
Ability to partner with employees at all levels of the organization to provide outstanding customer service and ensure customer satisfaction.
Strong communication skills and values, ability to nurture and build strong relationships with staff, internal customers and suppliers
Timely in managing work flow and communications
Excellent judgement with the ability to think strategically
Broad experience negotiating contracts of varying types from SAAS, to event venues, to hardware vendors