The Strategic Sourcing Category Manager â“Research and Scientific (SSCM) is part of the Strategic Sourcing Team in the Strategic Purchasing, Contracts and Insurance department. Â The SSCM works closely with Academic departments to assist with their overall purchasing activity in support of research, identifying industry trends and opportunities for savings. Â The SSCM collaborates with stakeholders across multiple departments to enhance overall category management. Key aspects include identification of opportunities for savings, initiation and leadership of strategic sourcing events, monitoring and reporting on key metrics (spend against contracts, savings realized) including post award compliance.Â
Success in this position requires an accomplished sourcing professional with strong leadership skills and the ability to drive and promote analytical based decisions. Â This includes developing and fostering collaborative stakeholder relationships; developing and maintaining category subject matter expertise, and executing and managing competitive University-wide contracts and supplier relationships. Promoting and maintaining open communication and collaboration between internal stakeholders and Strategic Sourcing will be critical to ensure continued strategic procurement effectiveness and success. Â
The major responsibilities are as follows:
Category Management - Improving processes and having a dedicated resource for key categories will help change the culture of procurement at Brown to one that accepts strategic recommendations from Purchasing Services and will result in reduced spending on materials and contracted services.
Request for Proposal (RFP) / competitive bid processes and Contracts â‹- RFP/Bid process is improved in terms of strategic support provided to internal departments.Â Departments will be more engaged in the strategic sourcing process.Â Savings through an improved use of competitive bidding and supplier management is realized and documented.
Data AnalysisÂ - Opportunities for consolidating spend across University departments are identified and savings opportunities pursued.Â Growth in the Universityâ™s supplier record base is controlled through analysis, identification, and execution of shared/consolidated spend opportunities.
Purchasing Operations - Processing time will be shortened due to dedicated category lead managing requisitions; positionâ™s success will be supported by category lead having responsibility for reviewing and approving all incoming orders; University risk reduced by subject matter expert ensuring compliance with required policies.Â Â
Bachelorâ™s degree, or equivalent combination of experience and education in an applicable field
Creativity and problem-solving abilities
Minimum of 3Â years of relevant experience (strategic sourcing / procurement / category management / supply chain related)
Strong analytical skills and experience developing and reporting on metrics and quantifiable savingsÂ
Experience and proven ability to negotiate, administer and supervise complex procurement activities and bidding process.
Experience in vendor relationship management, including oversight of vendor performance and contract compliance.
General working knowledge of accepted procurement practices as applicable to the Research and Scientific industries.
Experience in contract formation, review and negotiation
Ability to assess organizationâ™s needs, communicate those needs to the vendor community, and evaluate contracts to determine technical compliance.
Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve complex issues, effectively and independently.
Ability to build relationships and develop internal and external partnershipsÂ
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Â Â Â
Knowledge of automated procurement systems
Knowledge of federal regulations [e.g. Uniform Guidance]
Professional Procurement certification such as CPP or CPPM
Participation in professional organizations [e.g. NAEP].
Knowledge of procurement in a university setting
This position requires a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.
Physical demands of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets and attend staff meetings.
Frequently operates a computer (laptop mainly) and other office equipment such as a printer/copy machine.
May be stationary for long periods of time at desk or computer.Â The primary desk for this position has sit/stand functionality.
May use calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment in the course of normal workday.
Frequently communicates with staff as a facilitator for meeting in person, via webinars, and over the phone. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
Occasionally lifts typical office supplies (such as reams of copy paper) weighing up to 10 lbs.
Some travel may be required.Â Typically limited to various locations on and off-campus for meetings, events and training sessions.Â Exposure to weather conditions is possible.
Candidates please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
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Strategic Sourcing Category Manager - Research and Scientific
Strategic Purchasing, Contracts and Insurance
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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Internal Number: REQ163926
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