Brown University — Strategic Sourcing Category Manager – Research and Scientific

Job Description:

The Strategic Sourcing Category Manager (SSCM) works primarily with Academic departments in the research and life sciences areas to assist with their overall purchasing activity in support of research, identifying industry trends and opportunities to leverage the University’s spend to negotiate savings and establish contracts with favorable terms and conditions.  The SSCM collaborates with stakeholders across multiple departments to enhance overall category management. Key aspects include identification of opportunities for savings and consolidation, assessment of stakeholder departments’ business needs and development of appropriate category strategies, initiation and leadership of strategic sourcing events, monitoring and reporting on key metrics (applicable spend against contracts / spend under management, savings projected and realized) including post award compliance.

Success in this position requires an accomplished sourcing professional with strong leadership skills and the ability to drive and promote analytical based decisions. This includes developing and fostering collaborative stakeholder relationships; developing and maintaining category subject matter expertise, and executing and managing competitive contracts and supplier relationships. Promoting and maintaining open communication and collaboration between internal stakeholders and Strategic Sourcing will be critical to ensure continued strategic procurement effectiveness and success.

Major responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with departmental stakeholders to enhance category management
  • Conduct and utilize spend data analysis and validation to identify, promote, & initiate strategic sourcing opportunities and initiatives.
  • Develop and manage action plans to achieve cost reduction, cost avoidance, and best overall value.
  • Track quantifiable savings; develop, monitor, and report on key metrics (spend on contracts, savings projected and realized).
  • Collaborate with departmental end users and stakeholders to develop and execute RFP/bid packages in alignment with University goals, bid thresholds, & policies, including compliance with Uniform Guidance.
  • Promote the inclusion of socially responsible procurement practices (diversity & local suppliers, sustainability efforts, etc.) that are in alignment with high-level University priorities in the University’s bid process.
  • Manage bid process from initiation to award and contract development/negotiation/execution.
  • Analyze University utilization and purchasing patterns with a primary focus on scientific equipment, services, and supplies to identify opportunities to leverage buying power and shift buying behaviors from transactional to strategic partners.
  • Develop KPIs for chosen suppliers and negotiate to award strategic contracts that result in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reductions and quantifiable savings. Review requisitions to determine appropriateness of purchase and possible redirection according to University’s strategic suppliers, approved policies and procedures, and proper approvals.

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of experience and education in an applicable field
  • Professional Procurement certification such as CPP or CPPM , preferred
  • Experience in higher education setting preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience (strategic sourcing / procurement / category management / supply chain related)

Job Competencies

  • Strong analytical skills and experience developing and reporting on metrics and quantifiable savings
  • Creativity and problem-solving abilities
  •  Experience and proven ability to negotiate, administer and supervise complex procurement activities and bidding process.
  • Experience in vendor relationship management, including oversight of vendor performance and contract compliance.
  •  General working knowledge of accepted procurement practices as applicable to the Research and Scientific industries.
  • Experience in contract formation, review and negotiation
  • Ability to assess organization’s needs, communicate those needs to the vendor community, and evaluate contracts to determine technical compliance.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve complex issues, effectively and independently.
  • Ability to build relationships and develop internal and external partnerships
  • Knowledge of automated procurement systems
  • Knowledge of federal regulations [e.g. Uniform Guidance]
  • Participation in professional organizations [e.g. NAEP].
  • Knowledge of procurement in a university setting
  •  Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment

Please include a cover letter when submitting your application.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work and must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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Job Posting Title:
Strategic Sourcing Category Manager – Research and Scientific

Strategic Purchasing, Contracts and Insurance

Grade 10

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Full time

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Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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