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Category Management & Strategic Sourcing Manager

at Cox Enterprises in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Description
The IT Software Sourcing Manager is a position within the Strategic Sourcing group responsible for integrating and leading sourcing/procurement activities related to IT software and delivering year over year savings in alignment with Cox Communications overall business objectives. IT Software scope includes application software, system software, and development software delivered as licenses, open-source, hybrid, Software as a Service/SaaS, and Cloud based models. Scope also includes the associated warranties, maintenance, and subscriptions. Key accountabilities include: (1) Strategic Sourcing/Procurement of IT Software and software maintenance, (2) Negotiate all elements of assigned IT Software agreements, and (3) Supplier relationship management & scorecard compliance.
Responsibilities:
1. Strategic Sourcing/Procurement of IT Software
Support the development and execution of a strategic sourcing plan for the Category to assure productivity targets are met
Support the planning, implementation, and optimization of the flow of IT software from the point of origin to the point of consumption in order to achieve internal customers' requirements.
Manage the competitive bid sourcing process taking into account price, terms, delivery, compatibility, total cost of products, and the supplier's ability to meet their requirements
Partner with functional business groups to define savings opportunities
Review current IT software suppliers and actively seek new suppliers
Coordinate with IT software suppliers to facilitate expediting orders to insure timely deliveries of the correct products & services.
Serve as an agent to guide Cox's supplier diversity efforts by providing data monitoring, evaluation, status reports, and program communication.
Integrate with Technology Vendor Management & Technology Finance teams to ensure alignment with Technology's strategic plans in IT software.
2. Negotiate all elements of assigned IT software supplier agreements to ensure lowest total cost of ownership, various commercial terms, and performance metrics.
Partner with business owners to establish a current state baseline and negotiation strategy
Effectively leverage all resources (time, information, company position, communication skills, etc.) to achieve desired results
Review, analyze, and evaluate complex master supplier agreement proposals and identifies key business issues
Actively participate in the direct negotiation of key supplier agreements
Partner with Cox legal to drive final contract terms and signature
Manage contractual data collection, monitoring, and renewals
3. Supplier Relationship Management & Scorecard Compliance
Proactively manage ongoing business relationships
Execute supplier and cost management system/metrics for assigned suppliers and demonstrate continuous improvement
Resolve commercial issues associated with supplier performance issues
Qualifications:
BS/BA in related discipline (e.g. Business, Supply Chain, Program Management); and 6 years of experience in related field. The right candidate could also have a different combination, such as a master's degree and 4 years' experience; a Ph.D. in a related discipline with 1 years experience; or 10 years of experience in a related field
Minimum of 3 years' experience in strategic sourcing/procurement and contract management. Direct experience in the negotiation of IT software deals is desired.
Experience with SaaS & Cloud based software delivery models and information systems security is desired.
Knowledge of sourcing best practices, strong financial acumen, and extensive negotiation experience are essential for this role.
Experience with IT contract development and negotiations of statements of work and support agreements.
Individual must possess exceptional analytical and issue resolution skills.
Excellent executive presence and communications skills.
Computer skills: Intermediate-level knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint and Oracle iProcurement.
About Cox Communications
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Job Posting: 3563522

Posted On: Sep 30, 2022

Updated On: Oct 22, 2022