Procurement Manager, HR and Person Services in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 5/9/2018

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Job Description

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.:

The HR and Personal Services Procurement Manager is responsible for leading procurement sourcing activities in Human Resources and Personal Services functions in support of approximately $100MM in spend at Advance Auto Parts. This individual will lead the development of category procurement strategy, goals and savings targets in line with company strategy, sourcing events, supply market analysis, and procurement best-practices. He/She is responsible for the new supplier selection processes and developing/maintaining supplier relationships in his/her assigned categories. Supports internal collaboration, knowledge sharing, compliance with best practices and established category management process. Additionally, he/she will work with internal and external stakeholders to develop strategy for procurement category initiatives, provide thought leadership; identify, create and implement initiatives to maximize value to Advance Auto Parts, while ensuring ongoing management of supplier contracts and relationships.  

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement procurement strategies for all Human Resources and Personal Services disciplines and ensure that the HR strategy complements  AAP’s overall procurement objectives
  • Work closely with the HR team and others to set category long-term and mid-/ short-term objectives and pipeline of initiatives
  • Communicate category strategy, objectives and performance targets with management team and ensure that objectives are met
  • Drive cost reduction initiatives with suppliers within category
  • Manage supplier relationships and execute supplier performance management techniques in accordance with standards and guidelines
  • Act as central point of contact and subject matter expert for assigned categories
  • Take ownership and manage specifications, supplier base and contracts for assigned categories
  • Prioritize and manage all strategic sourcing initiatives for managed categories; coordinate efforts with support functions
  • Lead the sourcing process including RFx, negotiations, and contracting with selected suppliers
  • Ensure quality of internal demand management for managed categories
  • Constantly monitor the supplier market and identify opportunities resulting from new product offerings and/or market shifts (e.g., entry or exit of suppliers, changes in pricing, or industry litigation)
  • Monitor category performance and take corrective action when required
  • Develop market intelligence on supply base, own key supplier relationships based on assigned categories
  • Monitor performance of suppliers against contract obligations and serve as a resource to resolve issues/problems
  • Engage the support of stakeholders using problem solving and proactive communication skills
  • Ensure clear communication and documentation of delivery requirements and expectations
  • Foster and develop relations (e.g. legal, finance, Data security, Risk, Privacy) across a matrixed organization
  • Accurately forecast total cost benefit opportunities
  • Develop economic projections on key goods and services affecting the business
  • Coach and support the professional development of junior category team members
  • Work with procurement analysts to prioritize and conduct spend analysis
  • Knowledge of eSourcing activities and associated activities
  • Manage category performance by adhering to savings goals and developing financial models for assigned category spend.
  • Knowledge of project management discipline to help manage multiple work streams and initiatives within the assigned category. Ability to ensure timelines are met, while communicating project status to stakeholders and identifying risks.
  • Understand the balance between cost and service.
  • Develop and implement a sourcing process that delivers the right level of service and outcomes through planning, defining business needs, assessing the supply market, defining the strategy, execution, supplier selection and contracting
  • Ensure all contract obligations are documented, risks are mitigated and identified
  • Manage stakeholders at all levels within the organization and with suppliers; challenges and influence others.
  • Understand stakeholders’ challenges and build long term relationships with stakeholders.
  • Responsible for on-going category management (strategy management) activities including driving supplier performance, demand management savings, and increasing category compliance.
  • Communicate, negotiate, and own the relationship with clients and suppliers through all levels of the client organization. The Category Manager is the primary interface to key category client stakeholders. Executive Management communication and interface required.

Qualifications and Experience

To be considered for this position and to be successful, the ideal sourcing manager requires at minimum the following qualifications and experience:

  • MA/MA/MBA or equivalent preferred
  • 6+ years of experience in related field preferred
  • Substantial experience in category management or strategic sourcing and pricing and contract T&Cs negotiations; negotiation aptitude
  • 3+ years experience in HR and Personal Services categories
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with disparate teams and be considered a thought leader by stakeholders who drives ROI through marketing partnerships.
  • Must be a human resources and personal services category expert who understands how to successfully support marketing goals and objectives while driving outstanding value to the procurement organization.
  • Ability to navigate a matrixed organization
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong ability to manage risk
  • Strong supplier relationship development and Industry experience preferred
  • Professional qualification / certification from related professional body, (ISM – CPM / CPSM, APICS) would be an added advantage

Job Requirements

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.