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Director of Operations for Strategic Sourcing

Function: Procurement
Location: Staples Corporate Center, Framingham, MA US
Date posted: 4/30/2018 3:05:19 PM
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1044499
This position is responsible for ensuring Procurement meets and/or exceeds savings targets associated ongoing Procurement initiatives through the Procurement Center of Excellence and Procurement Operations.

This position will work closely with the Procurement Leadership Team as well as senior leadership, building alignment and consensus with stakeholders.  The candidate will need to have very strong interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), influencing and problem-solving skills as they will interact across all levels of the organization.  They should display a passion for motivating and engaging team members, an acute sense of detail, and the ability to deliver strong results over an extended period of time. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist Head of Procurement in establishing overall savings initiatives to meet or exceed savings goals
  • Function as the program management office ensuring that quick wins, rapid sourcing events and full sourcing events are conducted and completed according to the pipeline plan’s timeline and forecasts 
  • Establish reporting cadence for category teams executing savings initiatives; conducts review meetings and project deep dives according to schedule.
  • Verify, document and report on all savings initiatives
  • Support category teams in savings execution, identifying solutions to roadblocks and obstacles
  • Create and manage project tracking system to monitor progress against savings goals
  • Monitor progress and performance, and provide regular performance against goals reporting and updates to Procurement Leadership Team and senior leadership
  • Analyze variances against the plan and provide analysis with recommended mitigation to Procurement Leadership Team to ensure success against savings goals
  • Drive P2P compliance and adoption throughout the organization; own and lead our relationship with our P2P provider.
  • Drive Spend Analytics improvements
  • Drive Process improvements that save money, time or both for the organization.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA or BS required; MBA preferred.   Procurement certifications are a plus (e.g., CPSM, MCIPS or PMP).
  • Minimum of 5years’ experience in Procurement /Procurement Systems
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in project management or procurement
  • Strong project/program management skills
  • Experience with Procurement Systems/IT applications, proficient with Microsoft Excel (advanced functionality) and PowerPoint
  • Strong written and oral communications skills with demonstrated ability to effectively create and deliver presentations and influence others
  • Demonstrated ability to work across all levels and functions of a complex, changing environment to drive value-added results to the organization
  • General knowledge of all direct/indirect categories and associated spend
  • Proven track record of mentoring, training and developing associates preferred.

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.


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