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What you’ll be doing...

As a Category Sourcing Expert you will be responsible for handling the company’s end to end sourcing operations within the Technologies (Outside Plant) Sourcing team. The successful candidate will be able to appraise and improve Verizon sourcing activities by analyzing the company’s spending, building supplier partnerships and by identifying new savings opportunities for Verizon.

  • Manage the company’s passive product suppliers and ensure supplier contracts are managed and maintained on ARIBA.
  • Generate and implement category management sourcing strategies with business partners and with category intelligence team.
  • Analyze and calculate annual spend and annual cost savings opportunities.
  • Prepare and agree supplier negotiation strategies. Conduct contract negotiations with supplier and appropriate Verizon teams, and secure profitable deals for Verizon.
  • Lead RFX projects for product tenders and collaborate with team stakeholders.
  • Optimize sourcing procedures to attain maximum efficiency – question the day to day activities that can deliver further improvements.
  • Build and foster Verizon US team relationships with business stakeholders and with your peers.
  • Lead supplier performance business reviews locally and virtually.
  • Perform cost and scenario analysis, as well as pricing benchmarking.
  • Identify supply risks and apply risk minimizing techniques in line with corporate policies.
  • Discover and partner with trustworthy suppliers.
  • Execute projects from beginning to end with emphasis on attention to detail. Item pricing and item data management is an essential function within this role.
  • Experience in summarizing and presenting scope of work and supplier selection solutions to internal clients.

What we’re looking for...

You’ll need to have

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience.
  • Experience in Sourcing.

Even better if you have

  • Sourcing experience preferable in the electronic manufacturing industry or the telecommunications industry.
  • Proven track record as a sourcing expert – be able to demonstrate activities and results.
  • Understanding of market dynamics and sound business judgment.
  • Operated with internal & external stakeholders in a matrix environment.
  • Strong Presentation skills. Be able to present to senior management.
  • Contracting experience – drafting, negotiating and execution.
  • Demonstrate creative thinking – solving problems by thinking outside of the box.
  • Strong project management and leadership skills – be able to interface with global colleagues and be able to meet target dates/milestone task timeframes.
  • Ability to build and sustain positive networking relationships.
  • Comfortable with figures and analyzing/interpreting data.
  • Proficient in excel/powerpoint and reporting tools.
  • Good knowledge of ERP systems (SAP an advantage).
  • Attention to detail for project management and for task completion.
  • BSc degree in supply chain management, business administration or other appropriate qualification.