Data Analytics
WNS Romania
București, București, Romania
2 zile în urmă

Additional Information

Position Description : Strategic Sourcing Associate

Type : Individual Contributor or People Manager

Reports To : Manager

Classification : Exempt

Job Purpose / Summary

The Associate, Strategic Sourcing is a member of a client dedicated procurement service delivery team responsible for assisting category managers (client or WNS) with category planning and strategy development, benchmarking, collecting market intelligence, managing stakeholders, and developing project pipelines.

He or she will lead the client’s defined strategic sourcing execution process, including building cost models, designing and launching of RFIs / RFPs, evaluating bids, planning and executing negotiation strategies, and making award recommendations.

Additionally, this role is responsible for drafting and negotiating contracts and managing supplier relationships. A successful Associate will drive year over year savings while ensuring quality and service level requirements are met.

This role frequently interacts with senior members of the client’s organization, so he or she must have excellent communication skills and be comfortable leading and participating in discussions across levels and cultures.

He or she is also responsible for creating a positive work environment and fostering cross-functional and cross-regional collaboration.

Key Responsibilities / Job Duties

Developing and executing sourcing strategies through the use of the client’s strategic sourcing process

Identifying cost savings through negotiations, event driven activities, and alternate sourcing strategies to achieve assigned cost saving goals

Leading commercial negotiations and drafting contracts

Supporting category managers in managing overall supplier relationships, including supplier performance, capability development, risk mitigation, cost savings, and quality improvements

If applicable, managing the team’s objective setting, performance, career growth, training, and competency development

Acting as the escalation point for the source to contract (S2C) team, communicating and resolving operational issues, and escalating to the Regional Delivery Lead or Category Manager as necessary

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Deep understanding of strategic sourcing methods and approaches and an ability to apply various concepts to category-level activities at the client

Expertise in one or more indirect spend categories (e.g. MRO, Capital, Professional Services, IT, Marketing, Logistics, etc.

including understanding external market dynamics, top suppliers, market trends and highlights, and procurement strategies

Ability to determine the appropriate procurement strategy for assigned categories and business requirements

Ability to draft simple to complex contractual agreements

Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills

Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to provide custom solutions to address the client’s challenges

Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously

Strong leadership skills, including ability to motivate and manage people

Proficiency using Microsoft Office tools such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint

nd will include :

  • Manage project pipeline, assign projects to team members based on availability
  • Manage resource capacity of delivery team so they can ensure support of client requirements and balance the team’s workload
  • Manage additional resource requests (screening and interview for fit, on-boarding)
  • Arrange and coordinate training needs of the team
  • Provide leadership and guidance on complex / strategic projects with high importance and visibility within the client
  • Lead quality assurance processes and regular audits of client delivery team
  • Set individual objectives at the start of the year and manage those objectives during the rest of the year
  • Manage performance and growth of their respective teams
  • Mentor and coach on skills and competency development for team members
  • The person needs to be able to :

  • Build trusting and meaningful relationships with senior executives across multiple stakeholders
  • Communicate and influence on all levels
  • Demonstrate high resilience and ability to navigate in frequently changing environment, sometimes with limited leadership on client’s side
  • Able to prioritize self and team’s work and manage the demand (able to say no or redirect work)
  • Be expert at time and demand management; able to actively lead team’s delivery and in parallel lead several projects
  • Advise and support Nike's business leaders during all phases of the sourcing life cycle
  • Measure value, report performance, engage Legal support, and implement sourcing initiatives using a suite of advanced sourcing.
  • Risk management, contracting, cost savings methodology, partner engagement

  • Measure and report team’s performance and implement corrections where needed.
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