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Strategic Sourcing Manager with University of California Office of the President

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University of California

At a glance

The University of California Office of the President (UCOP), is recruiting a Strategic Sourcing Manager to join their Professional Services team. And it gets better: this position can be located at any of the 10 university campuses! Join a team that together is aiming to deliver $500 million in annual benefit by 2022 for redirection to the University's core missions of teaching, research, and public service. If you want the opportunity to join a highly effective team, the chance to impact one of the world’s leading university systems, and grow/develop in your career, then check out this exciting role right now! 

Description: What you'll be doing

Another Source’s client, University of California Office of the President (UCOP), is recruiting a Strategic Sourcing Manager to join its Life Sciences Procurement Services team. This is a remote position, but the successful candidate should live near one of the University of California campuses and may be required to be on-site periodically. The position also includes travel to the UC’s ten campuses for the assessment of client needs and for the completion of projects. 


Here’s a little about the University of California’s Procurement Services and the position they are recruiting for: 


This is an exciting, high impact opportunity to be a part of UCOP’s transformational Procurement Services team where your innovation is welcomed. As a Strategic Sourcing Manager, you will achieve cost savings through procurement strategies and programs, increase small business and supplier diversity, and promote sustainable supply chain practices. 


In addition to achieving international recognition, the UC system recently launched a new, streamlined website to assist in procurement. Take a look for yourself! 


If the opportunity to join a highly effective team, to impact one of the world’s leading university systems, and to grow and develop in your career aren’t enough to get you excited, take a look at the UC’s exceptional benefit package - 


The role: 


The Life Sciences Center of Excellence is responsible for establishing and implementing system-wide category procurement strategies including category management, strategic sourcing, contract management, supplier relationship management, utilization management and demand management. The Commodity Manager leads the development and implementation of these system-wide commodity procurement strategies for the University of California.  
Working with a high degree of autonomy as a Commodity Center of Excellence (COE) team member under the direction of the COE Manager, you will implement strategic sourcing opportunities and strategies that meet the needs of the University’s campuses, leverage annual category spend in the range of $300-$800 million and produce best-in-class supplier contracts and supplier relationships. You’ll work within a virtual or in-person team environment through all aspects of a sourcing initiativeYou'll analyze spend by commodity using appropriate business metrics, modifying strategies to maintain flexibility in responding to new opportunities or changing University business needs. You'll participate in the development of a forecasted sourcing/projects pipeline that prioritizes sourcing initiatives to pursue and tracks significant on-going cost savings, and execute against the overall plan. Additionally, you'll also be responsible for developing and maintaining category specific knowledge including leading practices and trends. 


Experience you bring to the team: 


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. 


  • 7+ years of experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain management, procurement or related experience such as Global 1000 enterprise sales or product management.  


  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated high level of product/service expertise including leading negotiations for the Life Sciences category. Builds and maintains credibility as an expert within a specific category with key stakeholders. 


  • Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative team environment, building consensus, promoting an exchange of information among technical and business collaborators and leading stakeholder teams and multi-party negotiations.  


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience using various proven negotiation methods, and the ability to critically analyze a negotiation. Advanced 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.  


  • Very strong customer service and interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate work with others, both internally and externally, to accomplish tasks. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills, including the effective presentation of strategies and progress to clients, stakeholders and leadership. 


  • Demonstrated experience in use of Microsoft suite of productivity applications with a minimum of 3 years' experience with preparing spreadsheets for analytical purposes. 


  • In-depth knowledge of strategic sourcing policies, practices and systems. 


  • In-depth knowledge of life science sourcing category. 


  • Professional certification preferred. 


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. 


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