The Sourcing Specialist will support the ongoing development and implementation of strategic sourcing initiatives, category planning, and drive transformation activities, while building relationships both within the Firm and with its suppliers. (S)he will lead cost savings initiatives, sourcing events, contract negotiations, financial analyses and reporting for ongoing projects. This individual will perform the research and evaluation of suppliers and market conditions, while working with internal customers to understand their needs.
Collaborate with business stakeholders to frame and develop project objectives, requirements, and sourcing strategies prior to supplier engagement. Create vendor requests (RFx), evaluate responses, develop and present recommendations to senior management.
Collect and synthesize data from multiple sources, ensuring accuracy and reliability in order to develop cost models for use in complex problem solving, decision making, and negotiation strategy development.
Build transparency of supplier spend and risk through creation of, and enhancement of, reporting capabilities as the firm’s resources continue to evolve.
Analyze spend data and market data in order to proactively identify opportunities to create long term category management strategies, improve leverage, minimize risk, and optimize spend. Perform market research and supplier due diligence in order to illustrate financial and operational capability of each vendor.
Work independently with primary stakeholders, contract management team, and legal counsel to negotiate and finalize supplier agreements, while maximizing value and mitigating risk to the Firm.
Education, Work Experience, Skills
A Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management or Finance related field is required.
Five or more years of Procurement and/or Sourcing experience is required along with a financial analysis and/or project management background.
Expertise in sourcing with a demonstrated ability to manage change is required.
Knowledge of the indirect procurement function is preferred. Potential indirect procurement categories include office supplies, technology, facilities (e.g. furniture, fixtures, and maintenance services), library subscriptions/services, travel, meetings, and event planning.
Individuals in this role must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and are expected to exhibit strong customer service and judgment in communications with attorneys, staff, and vendors of the Firm, including safeguarding the confidentiality of client and Firm information.
Attention to detail and the eagerness to learn and progress within a dynamic and growing environment are imperative.
A working knowledge of MS Office suite with advanced analytical and Excel skills are required.
Certificates, Licensures, Registrations
Certification in Purchasing, Supply Chain or Project Management is preferred.
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