The Sourcing Manager will have generalist Procurement skills that can be adapted across multiple categories (e.g. Infrastructure, Business Services and Technology), and will require a close working relationship with both the US and overseas Procurement teams. This is critical to ensure alignment to overall category strategies, and ensure we are leveraging spend effectively across all locations, whilst utilizing group technology systems and sourcing processes.
The purpose of the Sourcing Manager role is to:
Understand the US business objectives and desired outcomes;
Lead the end to end sourcing process in accordance with company procedures, including stakeholder engagement, strategy development, baseline validation, tender management, supplier negotiations, contract finalization and stakeholder interactions during and after the sourcing process;
Development and execution of strategic category sourcing strategies and plans;
Negotiate commercial terms to deliver best value solutions;
Consolidate the supplier base through negotiating appropriate commercial supplier arrangements and/or strategic partnerships;
Achieve defined cost savings and other value add initiatives;
Develop strong relationships with internal teams and suppliers
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead end to end sourcing activities in both operating and capital expenditure areas including:
Infrastructure - Roadside Operations & Maintenance, Engineering Services, Project Delivery and other related consultants
Technology - Desktops, Telecommunication, Software, IT Services, Roadside Technology, Tolling Systems and other related consultants
Corporate Services - Call Centre, Mail house Services, Marketing, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Professional Services and other related consultants
Facilitate all aspects of strategic sourcing consisting of cross functional strategy development, spend analysis, supply market analysis, RF(x) creation and analysis, negotiations, contracting and implementations
Development and implementation of innovative strategic category management strategies and plans, specific to the US business (and aligned to global wherever possible), and ensure they are effectively communicated to key stakeholders
Identify and exceed cost savings targets through the effective identification of sourcing opportunities, construction of a savings plan and the successful execution of sourcing activities
Analysis of “as is” business processes, functions and data-flows to establish a baseline for change
Support the procurement technology platform that will assist in the automation of the Source to Pay (S2P) process.
Ensure that supplier spend visibility and strategic analysis is undertaken regularly across the US spend categories.
Continue to gather category / market intelligence across the supplier base, relevant to each category, to understand where the industry is going both in the short and long term and anticipated impacts and opportunities for company
Ensure effective negotiation strategies are in place and are consistently utilized.
Build and maintain effective relationships with key internal & external stakeholders relevant to the business including Headquarters Procurement & Corporate Services Team and the US Legal Team
Work closely with the US Procurement Team to ensure sourcing initiatives are commenced or implemented successfully.
Ensure a clear process of communication is maintained with all internal & external stakeholders.
Assess, measure and actively manage stakeholder requirements &/or expectations.
Reporting and Governance
Provide appropriate sourcing activity status reporting to assist in managing sourcing workload and priorities.
Contribute to the overall development of the procurement policies and practices governance framework specific to the sourcing function.
Effectively manage and ensure compliance to company and procurement policies.
Raise any non-compliance or improvement opportunities.
Update monthly reporting and other ad hoc reporting to management and stakeholders in support of sourcing, spend visibility, cost savings, savings opportunities, and opportunities for improvement
As the business develops, the position will continue to evolve and the incumbent will be expected to adopt a flexible approach to work requirements and to undertake new or alternative duties as required. This may include new technology usage, new work procedures and customer service delivery systems. Changes will involve the employee and will be supported with training.
This position requires autonomy, judgement and a high-level of accountability; requires rapid response to meet demands of dynamic and fast-moving environment. The incumbent is required to work with teams across the business and suppliers to support business activities. As such, he/she will need to operate in a consultative manner and utilise effective communication skills ensuring all stakeholders are well informed of developments and share ownership of activities.
This position will be required to interface and coordinate with the Procurement function at the overseas company Headquarters. Working outside of normal business hours will be required, as business needs dictate.
Bachelor’s degree required (business or operational background preferred)
In depth sourcing experience; preferably with Technology experience, and proven proficiency managing major spend categories
Superior knowledge of the entire sourcing process & skilled with technology based systems including spend analytics
Track record of contributing to evolution of supply chain processes, and/or continuous improvement of strategic sourcing and category management programs.
Demonstrated ability to engage the business, determine requirements and deliver a strategy.
Impeccable ethics, both professionally and personally.
Strong analytical, business process analysis and problem-solving capabilities.
Proven negotiation and contract management skills; including a strong understanding of business and contract language.
Strong influencing and negotiation skills
Personable and a strong relationship builder.
Excellent time management and organizational skills, including the ability to work on multiple tasks/projects at any one time
Ability to meet competing deadlines
Excellent self-management skills and initiative with a high degree of self-motivation and the capability to take the initiative and work independently
Exceptional interpersonal and communication (both written and verbal) skills
Ability to travel between different offices as required (13 miles)
Ability to work off hours (on occasion) to collaborate with the overseas Headquarters
Ability to think critically and be solution focused
Ability to operate and adapt in a changing and fast-paced environment
Ability to engage, present and manage matters/issues to obtain buy-in and approval
Advanced in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word
Experience with Ariba preferred.
Experience with Microsoft Project and Visio preferred.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
The hiring company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.