Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Lead - IT Professional Services

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## Description
The Team
The Sourcing group strategically sources and manages a combination of commodities/categories in support of Sourcing and Procurement Solutions (SPS) objectives. By utilizing the SPS Strategic Sourcing Methodology, SPS will deliver procurement value and enable clients to deliver on their commitments through careful contract negotiating and securing value added discounts for our clients.
Sourcing & Category Management
Proactively assess sourcing and category opportunities by gathering spend information, company purchasing patterns, competitive position, structured analysis of supplier/category industry, economics, market conditions, and expiring contracts; make recommendations based on these findings.
Collaborate with clients to understand their business needs and objectives and establish requirements.
Establish sourcing strategies which include evaluation of sourcing alternatives, identifying the sourcing approach, and establishing project plan / timeline to deliver an effective sourcing solution.
Effectively drive execution of the sourcing strategy for key projects which includes ability to create and utilize the most appropriate sourcing tools / templates, align business client needs, identify supply alternatives (inclusive of diverse suppliers), effectively communicate with suppliers, and influence cross functional teams / advisory groups.
Develop supplier selection criteria and gain client alignment; facilitate cross functional teams to evaluate supplier responses to select finalists (participate if appropriate) and effectively communicate the impact of sourcing decisions to involved clients, management, impacted employees and suppliers, as appropriate.
Negotiate contract terms and perform all aspects of the contract process:
Gather, develop and document client requirements.
Establish and execute a negotiation strategy.
Conduct contract and price negotiations with supplier.
Collaborate and communicate with Information Security, Legal, Privacy, Risk Management, Treasury, and internal client throughout the contracting process to develop and document final terms and conditions that comply with requirements.
Execute all contracts in the contract repository.
Develop and execute an overarching category strategy and plan for applicable categories.
Supplier Management
Perform all aspects of the Supplier Performance Management (SPM) process for assigned commodities including contract inventory, segmentation, risk assessments, contingency planning and validation of right pricing.
Create and implement SPM plan and internal compliance standards and measurements.
Document supplier performance measurements that ensure achievement of client goals.
Conduct business reviews with suppliers and internal clients to measure supplier performance, contract adherence and participate in issue resolution.
Maintain contact and network with supplier community for assigned commodities.
Other Responsibilities
Strengthen, expand, share, and utilize internal and external relationships.
Provide effective communication (written, conversation) for high complexity topics to influence and gain acceptance and approval of ideas, proposals and solutions.
Lead discussions with internal clients, expense managers, and key stakeholders to develop and implement demand management guidelines to govern the use of assigned commodities.
Measure and manage internal compliance with demand management guidelines and take corrective actions as appropriate.
## Qualifications
Bachelors degree in business, supply chain, or related field
MBA a plus
CPM, CPSM and/or CPCU designation preferred
7+ years business experience, including significant experience in sourcing and procurement or equivalent
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the IT Professional Services (e.g. application development, application maintenance, application testing, and system implementation/integration), Management Consulting and IT Consulting categories
Experience contracting with foreign/offshore suppliers preferred
Advanced knowledge of procurement techniques and principles
Sourcing process, negotiations, contracting, supplier management, supplier diversity, industry/trend analysis, metrics/measurement, etc.
Procurement tools (i.e., financial reporting tools, contract management tool, reverse auctions, etc.)
Sourcing for high complexity commodities/categories
Advanced experience with RFP development and execution
Strong negotiation experience
Effective communication and interpersonal skills, to interact independently with both internal customers and external suppliers at all staff levels
Project management and organizational skills
Ability to prioritize projects and review with management
Advanced analytical capabilities, including cost models
Ability to conduct issue analysis, solution development, and conflict resolution
Customer focus
Ability to influence actions/decisions of customers and suppliers (at all levels)
Formulate strategies and approaches to achieve project objectives
Ability to develop junior level employees (directly or indirectly)
Awareness of corporate and SPS goals
Ownership of and input into departmental direction
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel
Demonstration of continued development via obtainment of professional designations (e.g., CPM, CPSM, CPCU, CPA)
Careers @Allstate
We are insurance. We are financial services. We are also so much more. We are lawyers, writers, web developers, accountants, building engineers, application developers, project managers and human resource specialists. We are creative, driven, passionate, fearless and curious. Our unique culture of inclusion helps us maximize innovation and creativity. We believe that welcoming differing ideas, cultures and backgrounds gives us a competitive advantage in a diverse, global marketplace. At Allstate, it''s our differences that drive our success -- as individuals and as a company. We celebrate creative problem-solving as we work together to make a difference in our communities. We believe in providing the very best tools and resources available to help keep our customers -- and our employees -- in Good Hands .
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Benefits and Perks
Pension plan plus 401K
Career path/succession planning
Mentoring programs
Tuition reimbursement
Modern work spaces
Flexible schedules
Generous paid time off (with option to purchase additional days)
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance
Health and wellness benefits, including: nutrition/weight management, smoking cessation program, stress management, lifestyle coaching, financial resources, healthy choice/subsidized meals at corporate cafeterias, on-site fitness center / doctor / pharmacy / massages
Corporate discount programs (insurance, automotive, childcare, mobile phone plans, fitness centers, retail)
On-site daycare
Adoption assistance program
On-site services: oil changes, dry cleaning, nail/hair salon, convenience store, doctor, pharmacy
Comprehensive health insurance plans
Flexible spending accounts (FSA)
Employee Resource Groups including Allstate Women''s Information Network (AWIN), Professional Latino Allstate Network (PLAN), Allstate Asian American Network (3AN), Allstate Network of Gay and Lesbian Employees and Supporters (ANGLES), African American Working Network (AAWN), Young Professional Organization (YPO), Parents Working Together (PWT), Allstate Adoption Network (AAN) and Allstate Veterans Engagement Team and Supporters (AVETS)
Join our award-winning team!
Diversity, balance, innovation and providing an environment where employees can thrive. These are all core values at Allstate, and we have the awards to prove it:
The World's Leading Top 100 Companies - Forbes magazine
Diversity Elite - America's Best 50 Companies for Minorities - Fortune magazine
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50 Happiest Companies in America - CareerBliss
Best Places to Work for Recent Grads - ConnectEDU
100 Best Companies for Working Mothers - Working Mother magazine
Top 40 Best Companies for Hispanics to Work - Hispanic Business magazine
Top 10 Companies for African Americans to Work - DiversityInc
Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT - Computerworld magazine
Top 100 Companies for Employee Training and Development - Training magazine
Job: Procurement
Job Type: Experienced
Primary Location: IL-Northbrook
Req ID: NOR04807
Company Description:
We're more than insurance agents and claims representatives. We're individuals with hopes, plans and passions. The biggest of which is helping people live smarter, safer lives. Doing so means continuing to re-imagine how we do what we do, the impact we can make on the world, ways we can each succeed in our own careers and actions we can take as a company that are good for all. To do that, we need all kinds of people - including lawyers, accountants, building engineers, project managers, marketing professionals, human resource specialists and so many more.

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