This is a Strategic Sourcing role. Strategic Sourcing is the process of developing channels of supply that provide the lowest total cost of ownership, not just the lowest purchase price. It expands upon traditional purchasing activities and embraces all activities within the procurement cycle, from specification, receipt, payment and long term supplier relationship management. The candidate should be comfortable leading strategic sourcing initiatives for assigned commodities/services under the direction of the commodity team leader.
The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:
Create and execute category strategies by leveraging current and future business requirements, market intelligence, and historical spend to drive cost reduction, enterprise consistency, and business value
Develop and lead cross functional sourcing teams
Lead Sourcing Teams in sourcing efforts
Develop Cross Functional Teams
Identify needs and Hone Specifications and Service Levels
Create proper business case, execute sourcing process, analyze offers, negotiate and execute contracted programs and implement.
Utilize an array of eProcurement tools when applicable
Create a category specific initiative pipeline that will forecast and direct procurement projects and sourcing activities
Procure products, equipment and services and arrange for leases and rentals. Coordinate and conduct negotiations with suppliers to achieve business objectives with a positive result.
Develop new sources of supplies as needed. Evaluate and select vendors.
Negotiate, write and revise contracts with the most preferential commercial terms, relevant laws, regulations and risk.
Build and maintain strong working relationships with internal customers and enhance working relationships with key preferred suppliers.
Establish category metrics and savings targets, monitor performance, and communicate these to stakeholders
Develop a working knowledge of relevant industry trends and issues, market conditions, audit process and ethical standards governing relationships between buyer and seller.
Be Comfortable working in a de-centralized procurement environment
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree required. Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. CPM or CPSM preferred. Minimum of 2 years, preferably 2 - 5 years purchasing experience. Minimum of 2+ years in designing and implementing successful Category strategies. Additional experience may substitute for education to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Special skills and knowledge:
Applies flexible approach(es) to achieving category results in dynamic situations
Keen negotiation skills
Strong contract knowledge of both commercial and legal terms
Familiarity with applicable state and federal laws and regulations helpful
Experience in use of eSourcing tools to enable optimal strategic outcomes
Ability to process multiple projects, set priorities and work independently
Ability to influence others to voluntarily adopt category management practices
Strong analytical and financial skills
Strong oral and written communication
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Project, and Excel, eSourcing Rfx tools
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