Strategic Sourcing Specialist I

Strategic Sourcing Specialist I
US - MA - Waltham

  • Strategic Sourcing Specialist I in Waltham, MA
  • 7 month contract
  • Responsible for supporting the client’s sourcing activities for Facilities Management and Corporate Services in MA, NY, and RI
  • Experience in category management, supplier relationship management, commercial negotiations, procurement process management and improvement, systems and analytics, market supplier development and a clear, working knowledge of current industry trends.
Category Management
  • Solid understanding of supplier markets, complexities, and has an overall pertinent vision of procurement needs and practices
  • Manages and administers contracts for corporate services/indirect spend across the organization
  • Maintains policies and systems and provides analysis regarding corporate services and indirect spend
  • With support of the Category Manager, work with Stakeholders to establish clear business needs, apply forward thinking skills to set long term category strategies
  • Able to execute operationally, complex sourcing activities
  • Manage the delivery of savings targets
  • Mastery of transactional sourcing activities
  • Understands sourcing processes, able to implement more than one option: RFX, e-sourcing or pooling
Supplier Relationship Management
  • Actively focused on maximizing contract values, tracks and reviews its benefits
  • Encourages and rewards performance by suppliers
  • Holds suppliers to account for delivery using performance data and strategic business reviews (SBRs)
  • Demonstrates a collaborative approach in delivering business outcomes
  • Understands the broad range of environmental and social sustainability reporting
Commercial Negotiation
  • Solid understanding of most contract terms and able to craft terms with legal and management support
  • Establishes a negotiation plan with clarity of desired outcomes, leveraging specialist support where appropriate
  • Basic understanding of adversary’s position, desired outcomes, and leverage
  • Able to involve stakeholders in negotiation preparations and events
  • Successful completion of professional negotiation coursework
  • 7-Step Sourcing Process knowledge
Procurement Process Management and Improvement
  • Able to identify the appropriate supplier performance measurements (KPIs)
  • Identify ways to build and improve on existing processes
  • Typically improve process efficiency by 5-10% over a 6-12 month period
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or PEx equivalent
Systems and Analytics
  • Demonstrates ability in working with multiple ERP systems: SAP, Oracle, Spend Analytics
  • Understands how to analyze large data sets and extract valuable information
  • Able to build quantitative models and support decision making
  • Evaluate and apply the concept of total cost of ownership (TCO)
Market and Supplier Development
  • Solid understanding of criteria for alternative country sourcing
  • Able to proactively identify how business needs may be met through alternative country sourcing
  • Basic understanding of supplier landscape, risks, and benefits in 1-2 global markets
  • Solid category strategy understanding and the ability to develop your own strategy
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A or B.S.) in supply chain, IT, finance or business management required. C.P.M or equivalent certifications preferred.
  • MBA, MS preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and vendor management.
  • Strong working knowledge of SAP, Oracle, Ariba & P2P systems required.

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