Blizzard is seeking a Senior Manager of Strategic Sourcing who would be responsible for the transformation, strategy and execution of complex, long-term sourcing strategies across numerous Activision Blizzard categories. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a newly formed Strategic Sourcing function in a fast-paced and dynamic business in the entertainment industry.
The role will be responsible for forming relationships with internal stakeholders, evaluating new suppliers, negotiating current contracts with an emphasis on price, terms, quality, and to execute on consolidation opportunities. You will work closely with many people across the organization to develop e?ective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans. We’re looking for a sourcing expert with a consistent record of actively identifying process e?ciencies, anticipating business needs, and implementing solutions across the organization.
Understand the business, its competitive environment, and appropriate benchmarks
Drive forecasting process and analyze trends
Drive the process to select, evaluate, onboard suppliers
Develop RFP’s and negotiate new contracts
You will lead a systematic, analytical and results-based method for monitoring supplier's performance and communicate results to suppliers and stakeholders
Lead issues and quality concerns with suppliers to ensure timely resolution
Track and report key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve e?ectiveness; perform cost and scenario analysis, and benchmarking; articulate ideas clearly demonstrating e?ect on the bottom line
Monitor strategy implementation
Drive annual productivity improvements and cost savings initiatives to targeted goals
The ideal candidate has great EQ, is a natural relationship builder, has strong negotiation skills, and excellent communication skills. The role will require independent thinking and a self-starter mentality.
Bachelor’s Degree in relevant ?eld of study
7+ years of Strategic Sourcing or Procurement experience, with a strategic (not transactional) focus, ideally at a multinational company
Experience leading sourcing in categories such as professional services, HR, facilities, marketing, studio production, event production.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strategic mindset and solid analytical skills
Strong negotiating skills and experience
Strong presentation skills
Ability to seamlessly work with stakeholders with different personalities across the organization
Quantitative Analysis - ?nancial or price modeling-both creation of model itself and performing the analysis from which a negotiation strategy is determined, requires comprehension of complex business objectives and a high level of attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal skills
Project Management (medium to large scale); able to handle and prioritize multiple projects
Proven ability to roll up sleeves and work together with team members
Able to work independently, with limited direction and limited ability to delegate
Able to work in an ambiguous environment that is constantly changing
MBA from Top University
CPSM, CPM, CPP, PMP, Six Sigma, or similar certifications
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Join us!
About Activision Blizzard
Blizzard Entertainment® is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software. After establishing the Blizzard Entertainment label in 1994, the company quickly became one of the most popular and well-respected makers of computer games. By focusing on creating well-designed, highly enjoyable entertainment experiences, Blizzard Entertainment has maintained an unparalleled reputation for quality since its inception.