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Currently, Panasonic Corporation of North America (PNA) is seeking a Sr Manager, Strategic Sourcing Corporate Services
Responsible for leading sourcing and process optimization initiatives to optimize Panasonic Corporate of North America’s (PNA) Corporate Services categories (including Real Estate, Facilities Management, Energy, Travel/Meetings, Fleet, Security, Office Supplies, etc.). The ideal candidate will possess: 1). 7 years of experience leading strategic sourcing and operational/value generating initiatives 2). knowledge and expertise of indirect categories in scope as well as managing outsourced providers, 3). the strategic, analytical, and interpersonal skills to act as an effective change agent. 4). a consistent track record of delivering business impact in a complex global corporate environment and 5). the vision and implementation skills required to drive spend management excellence in complex categories.
Excellent analytical skills, communication skills, business acumen, influencing skills, and the ability to work in a team environment are also critical.
What You’ll Get to Do:
Category Management: Provide sourcing category expertise for Corporate Services related categories
- Develop category strategies based on rigorous analysis of spend data, supply market dynamics, category intelligence, and business requirements
- Partner with the business to build influence, evaluate and challenge the status quo. Identify and obtains buy-in for category strategies and value opportunities
- Identify and capture profit improvement opportunities beyond sourcing, such as demand management, process improvements, insource vs. outsource, innovation, etc.
- Actively drives value beyond cost – e.g., growth, innovation, risk management
- Regularly monitors the market for category leading practices and demand/supply shifts such as supply consolidation, technology innovations, etc . Strategic Sourcing: Execute strategic sourcing projects utilizing best practice sourcing methodology to deliver exceptional total value in partnership with key stakeholders across the business
- Executes strategic sourcing initiatives following the 7-step Sourcing Methodology
- Gathers stakeholder and subject-matter expertise/insights and market intelligence to ensure sourcing solutions meet business needs
- Assess supplier capabilities and identify new suppliers
- Analyze supplier proposals and facilitate fact-based supplier selection process
- Prepare and present business cases and should-cost models; performs complex data analysis and build financial models (i.e. ROI, NPV, supplier scorecards, savings tracking, make vs. buy decision models)
- Analyze and summarize RFP responses and results and prepare recommendations for Senior Management
- Develops negotiation strategy and leads negotiations to maximize total value and minimize risks for PNA
- Establishes contract terms and conditions and coordinates with legal to execute contracts with suppliers that optimize the partnership Develop transition plan to new supplier and support implementation
- Ensure savings are delivered in a timely manner and ensure Panasonic realizes expected benefits
- Drive continuous improvements post project
- Support PNA's supplier diversity and sustainability goals by increasing use or opportunity of suppliers in all commodity areas and by tracking opportunities to increase impact. Supplier Relationship Management: Establishes and manages the governance processes with suppliers and outsourced partners for categories in scope. .
- Develops qualified, competitive sources of supply on a continuing basis through comprehensive financial and market review
- Implements strategies to best manage the supplier base for categories in scope, reviewing suppliers against contracted obligations/service levels and business expectations
- Provide feedback on performance, seek continuous improvement and innovation
- Work with suppliers and key stakeholders to manage supplier performance and develop new capabilities
- Build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders and third party providers
- When performance issues emerge, identify root causes and work with internal and external stakeholders to drive efficient resolution Continuous Improvement: Work with PNA teams post projects to identify continuous improvement initiatives. Identifies costs drivers to increase cost awareness and influence cost consciousness.
- Identifies, oversees, pursues and manages re-engineering, value engineering and demand management opportunities to enhance operational effectiveness, interfacing with cross-functional teams
- Develops implementation and transition plans acting as a change agent
- Implements and drives procurement strategy, policies and procedures.
- Enforces compliance to procurement policies and works to increase adoption What You’ll Bring:
Education & Experience :
- BS/BA degree in relevant area such as supply chain, business or STEM required.
- MBA and other relevant degree /certification (e.g., ISM CPSM or Six Sigma) highly desirable.
- 7 years of relevant strategic sourcing experience demonstrating success in positions of increasing complexity. Competencies:
- Deep experience designing end-to-end procurement strategies and a track record of leading sustainable high impact sourcing approaches levering sourcing levers beyond tendering
- Experience with category management strategies for categories in scope, opportunity diagnostic, strategic sourcing process, supplier management with a proven track record of delivering business impact
- Demonstrated analytical, financial, problem solving, organization, and project management skills
- Highly motivated with an entrepreneurial mindset, proactive and innovative
- Experience working effectively in global complex organizations
- Ability to lead and influence change in the face of complexity and ambiguity
- Excellent stakeholder engagement skills
- Thrives in a fast paced, goal oriented, dynamic organization with time sensitive deadlines
- Leverage market data, external expert resources, spend analytics, and cost modeling to drive fact based decision making
- Strong project management skills, including stakeholder timelines and meeting management skills
- Expert understanding of contract terms and techniques for driving additional value and managing risks
- Ability to support, lead and conduct successful negotiations
- Develop and manage relationships across the business to achieve key business, organizational and cross-cultural objectives.
- Knowledge of Supplier Management tools (SRM, conducting Quarterly Business Reviews, etc.)
- Technology-savvy and high competency in MS office; Advanced Excel skills and other analytics software as well as eSourcing, reverse auctions, Ariba, etc. Communications :
- Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills including meeting facilitation and presentations
- Ability to interact effectively and gain credibility with internal associates at all levels as well as external third parties.
Other Requirements :
- Some travel may be required. What We Offer:
Family like environment with an entrepreneurial spirit
Collaborative culture that thrives on innovation and new ideas
Rewards and recognition for great achievements
Growth opportunities for career development
Flexible work arrangements to help balance life and work
Competitive benefits and compensation package
Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer . All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law or company policy. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Pre-employment drug testing is required for safety sensitive positions or as may otherwise be required by contract or law. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Corporation of North America.