Are you a motivated and intellectually curious strategic sourcing professional?Â Are you ready for an exciting challenge and an opportunity to add immediate value to a world-class University?Â If you can say yes to these questions, please read on!
The University of Southern California (USC) Finance Division is seeking an experienced Strategic Sourcing Category Manager with strong technical and interpersonal skills to join its Strategic Sourcing Team.
The work you will do:
Reporting to the Director of Strategic Sourcing, as a StrategicSourcing Category Manager you will work on a broad range of initiatives and categories with a strong focus on the Scientific and Research categories of spend.Â You will also have opportunities to drive sourcing activities and initiatives across the university in other areas of spend, such as technology and business services.Â You will partner with senior leadership and lead category strategy development and execution to drive total cost savings/improvement, develop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) category and supplier strategies, lead implementation activities, and manage sourcing initiatives that achieve value without compromising business strategy and performance.Â Your focus will be on the following strategic initiatives:
Category Management: Across a wide array of indirect spend areas, including, but not limited to, Â Research and Scientific goods, services and capital equipment, develop an understanding of the sourcing categories and supply markets; help determine the primary suppliers; utilize cost reduction, risk mitigation, and value optimization strategies; lead mid-range to high-dollar RFI, RFP, and RFQ processes; negotiate pricing, SOWs, and Master Agreements.
Supplier Management: Establish and track key performance indicators that will drive continuous improvement across categories and suppliers; meet with strategic suppliers to review performance and develop expectations; oversee supplier contract compliance program.
Leadership: Provide leadership and guidance to the department/division and other university team members
Develops an understanding of the sourcing categories and supply markets through a combination of research, professional experience, and communications with internal clients. With input from key stakeholders, determines the primary suppliers for specific categories and evaluates changes within the market to provide guidance for the category as a whole.
Develops total cost of ownership (TCO) category and supplier strategies and leads implementation activities. Utilizes cost reduction, risk mitigation, and value optimization strategies. Establishes sourcing targets with key business units based on business needs and requirements. Engages proactively with schools, departments and administration to identify opportunities and develop appropriate sourcing strategies and approaches. Establishes and executes plans to meet or exceed established targets. Has responsibility for close management of projects and initiatives, engaging both internal partners/stakeholders and suppliers.
Develops and executes fact-based negotiations strategies and approaches. Leads mid-range to high-dollar RFI, RFP and RFQ processes as required. Utilizes these sourcing processes to maximize the benefit and quality for each project and/or initiative.
Using knowledge of legal terminology/language, and contract structure, the Strategic Sourcing Category Manager negotiates and drafts basic contracts with both legal and business terms.
Develops additional category-specific performance indicators and expectations specifically for suppliers. Determines corrective action plan when supplier performance does not meet expectations; communicates action plan expectations to suppliers and monitors the plan to track progress. Meets with the strategic suppliers on a periodic basis to review performance and develops expectations for the next period.
Provides leadership and guidance to Business Services and other university team members. Communicates effectively to all levels of the organization on category and supplier information, current and upcoming initiatives and other core activities (e.g. demand management, compliance, process improvements, etc.). Improves team membersâ performance through coaching, development and leadership. Leads strategic supplier management activities focused on total cost, risk assessment, supplier performance management, continuous improvement, and innovation opportunities.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time
Candidates for the position of Strategic Sourcing Category Manager meet the following criteria:
Bachelorâs degree; Masterâs degree preferred
7 years of experienceÂ in negotiating supplier agreements, data analytics, and supplier performance management; 10 years of experience preferred
Strong experience in developing category strategies and developing and administering RFx processes for indirect spend areas
Outstanding written and verbal communications and presentation skills
Deep understanding of the contracting process and strong understanding of legal terms and conditions
Ability to build relationships and consensus with senior stakeholders
Strong command of data and analytics
Build and drive innovative strategies
Experience leading change
A relentless approach to nailing the details, driving process, and managing goals
Knowledge of current best practices in strategic sourcing
The USC Finance Division â Strategic Sourcing Team values Accountability, Teamwork, Open Communication, Integrity, and Opportunities for Growth & Professional Development. Join us â apply today!
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:Minimum Education:Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience:7 yearsPreferred Education:Master's degreePreferred Experience:10 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Experience in negotiating complex supplier agreements, data analytics, and supplierperformance management. Experience in developing category strategies and developingand administering RFx processes. Possesses strong written and verbal communicationsand presentation skills. Possesses team leadership or management experience.Understands business law, legal contracts and financial analysis.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.