SR Manager – Procurement

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SR Manager – Procurement

Location: Sacramento, CA.


Reporting to the Senior Director of Supply Chain, this position will be responsible for the effective management of the company’s procurement processes and executing sourcing strategies for the Corporate Procurement area which includes IT, Telecom, Marketing, HR, Finance, Consulting, & Travel.  This role will be reporting to the Sr. Director of Procurement and will have direct responsibility for the assigned categories and suppliers with regards to Cost, delivery, and customer service. This position will utilize Oracle and other Procurement system capabilities to capture data in various spend categories under the Corporate procurement, and leverage this spend to effect significant cost savings & working capital improvements for the business. This position is accountable for providing overall program management for the company’s Procure to pay processes and related policies drawing experience and knowledge of best practices in the industry.  This role has day-to-day interaction with all business units and personnel responsible for various functions within all levels of the organization.


Here is what you will be doing as part of the team: Develop & deploy comprehensive Category level strategies; Procurement governance including Global Procurement policies and processes to drive compliance and address non-compliance through the appropriate channels as required; Provide leadership in the initiation and deployment of extensive Procure to Pay (P2P) strategies, policy, process & tools; Provide corporate procurement leadership to various business stakeholders, including RFP development, market assessment, risk management, strategy development, contract negotiation, contract management, and product management; Apply analytical skills to understand and accurately communicate trends and supply market opportunities and conditions.  Provide forecasts and analysis required for financial, capital, and strategic planning and budgeting. Educate stakeholders on market dynamics and metrics; Apply planning skills to identify and prioritize procurement initiatives, and to allocate appropriate time and resources to work within agreed project timelines. Follow up on suppliers and stakeholders to close negotiations and contracts; Communication at all levels; Align and collaborate with Business leaders, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders (including suppliers) to implement agreed to strategies and provide ongoing oversight regarding performance; Category management, relationship management, and influencing skills to develop shared objectives that ensure all stakeholder expectations align with procurement initiatives and activities; Negotiate and manage contracts by understanding various obligations to mitigate risk and add maximum value. Manage existing contracts, dispute resolution, changes, renewal, default, etc.; Participate as part of a cross-functional team in the qualification and ongoing audit of the supply base including - Identify key suppliers; pro-actively monitor their health, and performance levels.  Work with internal stakeholders to provide routine structured feedback through score-carding and Supplier Relationship Management; Responsible for driving payment terms improvement initiatives; Deliver timely communications to appropriate stakeholders and project members as needed; Drive execution of sourcing projects through all phases of – spend analysis, requirements, RFPs and execution while proactively finding creative solutions for road blocks; Lead the effort to eliminate waste, standardize, and globalize requisition-to-purchase processes; Foster a culture of moving forward in a change environment and continuously assuring buy-in and ownership at all levels; Use of Lean and other business process improvement concepts to improve efficiencies and increasing velocity of procurement processes across the organization; Owner of e-Sourcing best practice strategies, tactics, and supporting tools. Manage the execution of all e-Sourcing auctions which includes conducting market research and analysis, data collection, financial analysis, RFIs, RFPs, and RFQs.


Measures of Effectiveness: Facilitate achieving cost reductions and cost avoidance savings targets; Drive towards high level of Procure to pay policy & process adoptions and compliance; Maintain and provide a current understanding of industry best practices and market trends; Build relationships with and influence clients, coworkers and management in a clear, concise and timely manner; Lead migration to best practices and advise on category & spend trends; Proactively make improvement recommendations to existing processes and tools landscape; Strategically utilize e-Sourcing technologies to develop and implement RFIs, RFPs, and RFQs; Evaluate supplier capabilities and establish sources for new technologies and in new markets as business requirements dictate.


And here is what you will need to be successful: Bachelor’s degree; Minimum of 8-10 years progressive experience in strategic sourcing/procurement; Experience in managing a team and people development; Working knowledge of best practices, negotiating, benchmarking, purchasing methodology, and strategy development; Ability to work and periodically present to the senior leadership team. Build relationships, influence and negotiate without authority across all levels of the organization; Expert in program management and execution skills; Strong communicator, presenter and collaborator, possessing ability to understand and communicate; Ability to act with conviction to make decisions in the context of ambiguity and risk; Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with the ability to present solutions clearly and concisely; Self-starter who can work effectively on an individual and team basis; Results driven and proven records of success through key performance indicators (KPIs); Ability to summarize results and report to management on a periodic basis. Benefits: Friendly, fun, high-energy work culture; Medical (including PPO, HMO and HSA options), Dental and Vision coverage; Stock option grants for New Hires; Life insurance coverage at no cost to employees; 401K & Roth retirement account options; Pre-tax commuter and dependent care benefits; Robust management training & leadership development programs.

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