The Associate, Sourcing Execution 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 for the IT / Telecom / Professional Services categories.
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.
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
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 the IT / Telecom / Professional Services indirect spend categories, 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
Proficiency using Microsoft Office tools such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.