Strategic Buyer

Seeking a Strategic Buyer Immediately
Location: American Water in Hershey, PA
6+month assignment contract to possible hire position
Pay Range is $27 to $31 an hour
Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm, 40 hours a week plus potential OT

Immediate opening for dependable individual that will be responsible for defining sourcing strategies, negotiating agreements and providing vendor agreements with internal customer management to deliver financial savings and procurement process improvements for an assigned set of strategic categories. The individual should have strategic project experience and not transactional experience.

The candidate should be able to:
Manage procurement activities from the development and implementation of the sourcing strategy
Facilitate Category sourcing teams, working with American Water subject matter experts and internal customers to gather and assess business requirements
Collect and analyze category data, and develop the internal and external category profile
Develop Requests for Information (RFI) with potential vendors
Conduct qualitative and quantitative vendor analysis
Develop Requests for Proposals (RFP), assess results, document recommendations and communicate results to vendors
Develop fact based negotiation strategies and assist in conducting negotiation with vendors (or lead depending upon category status)
Develop alternative sourcing options with recommendations
Maintain clear documentation and audit trail of procurement activities
Develop and execute the implementation plans for an assigned set of categories
Build and maintain Vendor relationships with the objective of reducing costs and eliminating inefficiencies throughout the supply chain
Work with the Regional Procurement Managers and other internal customers to ensure service level targets are met
Monitor American Water's adherence with vendor agreements for an assigned set of categories and develop improvement plans accordingly
Collect, collate and report data to support business plan calculations and other key performance indicators

Required Skills/Knowledge
Procurement knowledge sufficient to produce best product at lowest cost in acceptable time frames
Knowledge of or experience in procurement environment for categories managed
Knowledge sufficient to analyze business procurement issues, recommend solutions and implement changes
Knowledge of vendor environment and sourcing strategies and techniques

3 to 5 years procurement experience
7 to 10 years' experience in strategic sourcing
Experience with projects that require strategy and execution of strategy, not so much on purchase orders
Experience with service and material contracts required
Proficient in SAP and ERP Financial System
Knowledge of Six Sigma nice, but not required
ISO or other Quality Management experience (preferred)
Bachelor's Degree Required, MBA preferred

If interested in the position, please respond to the ad with an attachment resume

We are an EOE/AA Employer, Veterans encouraged to apply

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