Procurement Manager

Mar 27, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
Human Resources
Other, Publishing
Full Time
Create a department to manage third party expenditures and third party supplier relationships through the development and application of professional procurement practices. Procurement Manager must be able to proactively communicate with senior management, heads of business units/departments, peers, and subordinates in order to drive efficiency and foster an atmosphere of shared accountability. Specifically, the Procurement Manager shall lead the function’s strategic and tactical efforts encompassing low-cost sourcing, negotiations with and vendor selection, supplier relationship management, etc.

Job Responsibilities:

-Collaborate with stakeholders to create a centralized purchasing program that would define types of expenditures covered, authorization levels, dollar limits, etc.

-Drive cost reduction initiatives across the organization.
Build relationships with senior leadership to better understand and meet their needs.

-Lead implementation of a purchasing software program.

-Manage the negotiations for acquisition of expenditures under the purchasing program, which could include such areas as:

  • Event contracts for various business units – hotels, catering, venues, etc.

  • Promotional materials

  • Office supplies

  • Travel expenses

-Development of standard RFPs.

-Supplier relationship management and contract relationship management.

-Develop procedure to hand-off completed projects to the appropriate management team.

-Collaborate with in-house legal team to identify and mitigate risks and identify value adding opportunities to the supply relationships.

-Manage and control specific costs by tracking savings and highlight variances

-Other duties as identified


-Minimum of 7-10 years of procurement management experience; development of procurement process where none exists, preferred.

-Procurement experience in a small to mid-sized company

-Demonstrated ability to prioritize and create order where none exists currently

-Excellent project management and communication skills with the ability to work across all levels of the organization.

-Strong process management and improvement skills with the ability to manage end to end processes and to use various techniques to improve reliability, customer service and reduce costs.

-Demonstrated ability and willingness to challenge processes and identify new solutions.

-Bachelor degree (BA or BS) or equivalent experience. MBA a plus!

-CPIM or CPM preferred (or other purchasing certification).

-Strategic sourcing experience required.

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