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Career Opportunities: Strategic Sourcing Manager (88424)

Company: Freeman
Location: Austin
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

About Us Freeman is the global leader in events. Whether virtual, in-person, or hybrid, we are on a mission to redefine live for a new era. With a data-driven approach and the world's largest network of experts, our insights are shaping exhibitions, exhibits, and events that drive audiences to action. Our integrated full-service solutions leverage a 100-year legacy in event management as well as new technologies to deliver moments that matter. Summary Freeman is seeking a Sourcing Manager - Strategic Sourcing to be responsible for the management of Strategic Sourcing initiatives and projects for the company with primary responsibilities across a number of business units including Operations, Product Management, and supporting stretch projects across all business lines. Manages category planning, spend analytics, sourcing strategies, negotiations, and other procurement activities. Supports a number of divisions at the company as a sourcing resource to improve quality, maximize customer service, value creation, and reduce supplier cost. Essential Duties & Responsibilities * Demonstrates the highest level of ethics and integrity in all supplier interactions. * Gains the respect and trust of departmental spend owners and Procurement to deliver significant savings with the right trade off in cost, quality, and operational impact. * Works closely with the other areas of Procurement to develop strategies for reducing total costs, improving transactional efficiencies, and improving supplier performance. * Develops and implements best practices in the areas of supply market intelligence, sourcing, performance management, process improvements, and contract negotiations. * Promotes excellent customer service by maintaining communications with departments regarding procurement policies and consistent sourcing procedures. * Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development and training courses. * Identifying cost reduction strategies for categories, aligning them with corporate strategy and user needs. * Establish and lead cross-functional teams to manage the development and implementation of the procurement category strategies and align the strategies with Procurement and internal customer departments. * Negotiate complex contractual agreements with suppliers to ensure that service, quality, added value, total cost, security of supply and the deployment of the supplier's capabilities in innovation are secured. * Skilled in performing analysis, interpreting results, and providing effective recommendations. * Work proactively with outside consulting organizations related to any sourcing or procurement strategy as may be required. * Must be able to project manage multiple opportunities simultaneously. * Perform other duties as assigned. Education & Experience * Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Finance, Business Administration or related field * MBA, a plus * 7 years+ of relevant strategic sourcing experience demonstrating success in positions of increasing complexity * Knowledge of direct and indirect spend categories * Excellent diplomacy and relationship skills with internal clients and external vendors * Hands on knowledge of procurement technology software such as SAP * Demonstrated understanding of the Strategic Sourcing Process. Experience implementing company sourcing strategy for operational performance improvement and savings * Well-honed negotiation skills and solid contract writing * Strong consultative, analytical and problem solving skills * Ability to develop and execute strategic plans * Excellent verbal and written communication skills Diversity Commitment At Freeman, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is helping us to create not only a great place to work, but also an environment where our employees, our customers and our communities around the world can reach their goals and connect with each other. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status and other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Keywords: Freeman, Austin , Career Opportunities: Strategic Sourcing Manager (88424), Executive , Austin, Texas

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