Manager, Strategic Sourcing

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
30+ days ago
Arizona State University
Arizona State University

Job Description

Plans, manages, and administers the strategic sourcing of goods and services for the university community incorporating customer’s needs, organizational goals, and market conditions.

Job Family

Procurement & Stores

Department Name

UBS PUR Strategic Sourcing



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$65,000 - $70,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Collaborates with University departments on various strategic sourcing initiatives.
  • Develops effective sourcing strategies and action plans for new or improved supplier agreements as well as internal demand management and purchasing behavior changes. Collaborates with campus customers and other key stakeholders to produce best-in-class strategic contracts that will result in cost savings and operational efficiencies.
  • Develops strategic sourcing business cases through detailed analysis of contracts, spend data, usage patterns, future demands, and benchmark data. The business cases must tell a compelling story related to the savings opportunity and potential change management considerations.
  • Develops strategies and lead supplier negotiations. Analyzes supplier proposals and recommends appropriate next steps in the negotiation process. Facilitates all formal activities related to competitive bidding events. Proactively promotes the adoption and utilization of online competitive bidding technology where appropriate.
  • Manages supplier contracts that are strategic to the University, including but not limited to the strategic and marketplace (SunRISE) suppliers.
  • Collaborates with the department’s business analyst to benchmark, measure and manage supplier performance and schedule ongoing business reviews with the strategic suppliers to ensure accurate pricing and effective levels of service.
  • Meets regularly with campus constituents to identify savings and service opportunities, monitors contract compliance and facilitates the exchange of commodity and contract information.
  • Champions creativity and innovation, and looks for opportunities to refine processes and procedures to create efficiencies.
  • Constructively challenges the status quo.
  • Supports the University’s sustainability objectives.
  • Negotiates supplier pricing and terms, thoroughly calculates cost savings, and documents purchase transactions in compliance with university policy and industry best practice.
  • Drafts, reviews and approves RFPs before publication.
  • Understands data for business case development and decision-making.
  • Works with internal and external contacts to resolve problems.
  • May supervise staff which includes hiring, performance management, professional development, and work assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors degree in business, supply chain management, procurement or other related field and, six (6) years of supply chain or procurement experience with at least three (3) years of strategic sourcing, OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience,.
  • Evidence of CPSM / C.P.M.; Six Sigma Certification (Yellow, Green, or Black Belt), MBA or MLS/MPA.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic sourcing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of procurement principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in sourcing a wide array of products and services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contract authoring and review.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Supplier Relationship Management and risk mitigation.
  • Experience with analytical, reporting and dash boarding tools.
  • Experience in negotiation.
  • Experience in PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Experience in collecting, organizing, synthesizing and analyzing data; summarizing findings; developing conclusions and recommendations.
  • Experience in designing presentation materials.
  • Experience in building and maintaining effective business relationships with suppliers.
  • Experience in developing, building understanding, and sustaining campus stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience in stimulating changes in individual, institutional, and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable environment.
  • Experience in leading by example in communicating, participating and encouraging support of the institution’s sustainability programs.
  • Experience in communicating both internally and externally across all management levels.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Department Statement

Arizona State University’s Procurement Department has a national reputation for excellence in higher education and has been awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award by the National Procurement Institute for 12 years in a row. ASU’s Purchasing and Business Services unit assists the University in procurement of goods and services for instruction, research and operations. We are committed to exceptional customer service in order to provide innovative, sustainable and cost savings solutions in the procurement of goods and services for the University.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States; ASU Procurement will not be a sponsor for this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

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