Buyer/Planner III-US

  • Location: Waltham, MA
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #176679
Waltham, MA
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Our multinational electricity and gas utility client is hiring Strategic Sourcing Specialist, responsible for supporting client sourcing activities within US Procurement. Experience should include; 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.

This role is within the Wholesale Networks procurement organization and will have a strong focus on the procurement of substation and transmission line construction services through an EPC contracting approach. Familiarity and experience with end-to-end EPC contracting process is high desirable, especially in the areas of heavy industry, power generation and related fields, and construction.

We at Ian Martin envision a world where everyone is connected in meaningful work and if you find great meaning in developing some of the most widely used products in the world, then we have the career path for you.

Position Responsibilities of (including but not limited to):

Category Management

·        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 quarterly business reviews (QBRs)

·        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

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

·        Obtain 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

Knowledge & Experience Required:

•        Bachelor’s degree (B.A or B.S) required; in supply chain, finance or business management preferred. C.P.M or equivalent certifications preferred. MBA, MS preferred.

•        Preferred five years’ experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and vendor management. Strong working knowledge of SAP, Ariba & P2P systems required.

•        An equivalent combination of education and extensive subject matter expertise along with procurement process experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education requirements listed above.

•        The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills, specifically in communications across a multi-national organization. Additionally, the candidate should be proficient in planning, collaboration, and analysis.

•        Familiarity and experience with end-to-end EPC contracting process is high desirable, especially in the areas of heavy industry, power generation and related fields, and construction.

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