Posting Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Position Summary: The Commodity Manager for Professional Services applies their expertise and experience in strategic sourcing, procurement and supplier relationship management to further UC Procurement's mission to expand opportunities for teaching, research and public service across the University of California.
Working in a diverse and dynamic environment, the Commodity Manager analyzes complex data, business situations, and perspective to identify issues and recommend solutions. UC's professional services category includes a broad range of contingent labor, consulting services, human resources services and financial services.
The Commodity Manager plays the critical role in advancing the 5 Strategic Pillars of UC's Strategic Sourcing Centers of Excellence:
1. Drive UC Benefit in the form of cost reduction and value creation; 2. Leading Excellent Programs that establish UC as a global leader in public procurement; 3. Communicating and Connecting with stakeholders across UC campuses, medical centers and locations; 4. Influencing and Fostering Innovation to constantly improve the value we deliver; and 5. Growing and Developing our people to provide rewarding, mission driven career opportunities.
The position requires travel up to 25% and can be based on the nearest UC campus to residence.
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Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
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Working independently as a Commodity Center of Excellence (COE) team member under the direction of the Category COE Manager, implement strategic sourcing opportunities and strategies that meet the needs of the University, leverage annual category spend in the range of $300-$800 million and produce best-in-class supplier contracts and supplier relationships. Analyze available spend data, campus process data and stakeholder input, and external data identify new opportunities to drive UC Benefit by improving cost, or creating additional value and to develop and maintain commodity strategies to meet University business needs and respond to new opportunities. Maintain accurate sourcing pipeline data of a forecasted sourcing/projects pipeline. Develop and maintain category specific knowledge including leading practices and trends.
Job Requirements Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience. Professional certification preferred.
7+ years of experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain management, procurement or related experience such as Global 1000 enterprise sales or product management.
5+ years demonstrated high level of category expertise including leading negotiations. Builds and maintains credibility as an expert within a specific category with key stakeholders. Required
Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative team environment.
Demonstrated ability to lead through influence independent stakeholder teams through complex initiatives and multi-party negotiations. Ability to influence alignment on business objectives, promote best practices and exchange of information among technical and business collaborators. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience using various proven negotiation methods, and the ability to critically analyze a negotiation.
Experience with cost modeling and related financial analyses, or experience in mathematical modeling of large data sets including operations research methodologies such as regression analysis or linear programming.
Demonstrated knowledge in the development of opportunity assessments, category profiles, and strategic sourcing plans.
Demonstrated ability to lead and advise cross-organization workgroups. Required
Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills, including the effective presentation of strategies and progress to clients, stakeholders and leadership. Advanced listening and communication skills, including the ability to present information in a clear and concise manner verbally and in writing. Strong leadership presence and demeanor.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate focused and effective meetings both in-person and virtual. Very strong customer service and interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate work with others, both internally and externally, to accomplish tasks. Required
Demonstrated experience in use of Microsoft suite of productivity applications with a minimum of 3 years experience with preparing spreadsheets for analytical purposes.
Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, identify and consider potential solutions, and make timely recommendations.
Works with others to effectively address issues when they occur. Excellent organization skills, including meeting facilitation and decision making. Required
Demonstrated understanding of and ability to comply with a complex array of University policies and state and federal laws that govern acquisitions. Knowledge of the specific category field in higher education or other highly decentralized organizations, including suppliers, distribution models, products, and equipment. Knowledge of business and delivery models including research cores, centralized warehousing, and storehouses. Preferred
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