The Sourcing Specialist Technology and Professional Services is a key member of the Sourcing and Procurement team at Boston University. Under the general management of the Assistant Director, Technology and Professional Services, the Sourcing Specialist is primarily responsible for supporting the traditional category management of Boston University's multi-million-dollar travel program. The position is also responsible for the execution of an annual category plan for assigned indirect spend commodities, including technology, and professional services. Additionally, the incumbent will also recommend opportunities for improvement and savings across all assigned spend categories.
Major duties of this position include:
Travel category management includes, but are not limited to, managing the relationship with the University's travel management companies (TMCs), also known as travel agencies, promote the benefits of the TMC / Concur program across BU, answer booking related help desk tickets, monitor travel activity, recommend opportunities for improvements and savings, and manage the relationship with The Boston Consortium (TBC) travel program.
Project management responsibility includes ownership of a subset of initiatives on the Assistant Directors strategic plan. The Sourcing Specialist is expected to deliver measurable, quantifiable cost and/or process efficiencies using BUs established Sourcing Methodology, which includes the following stages:
1) Project Confirmation, Analysis, and Planning,
2) Strategy Development, Competitive Event, and Selection
3) Implementation and Monitoring.
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop, manage, and execute on category plan initiatives to deliver best total value to the university, including managing competitive bid events and negotiating business terms.
Building and manage internal business relationships by providing guidance and expertise on sourcing best practices, including supplier selection, industry insights, negotiation strategies, and contracting.
Work closely on communication and change management efforts associated with executed projects, in addition to developing and managing a supplier performance program within the assigned site related spend categories.
B.A./B.S. in business, finance, accounting, management, nonprofit administration, or public administration
3+ years of experience with demonstrated proficiency in:
Public speaking, written and interpersonal communication skills
Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage concurrent projects with multiple stakeholders
Ability to lead with vision and motivate others
Professionalism, good judgment, and integrity
Detail oriented, demonstrating accuracy and quality of work output
Ability to work optimally and collaboratively in a small, collegial team environment
Self-motivated, proactive, intellectually curious
Experience working in a Sourcing & Procurement function with exposure to a relevant eProcurement system, such as SAP Ariba.
Boston University's generous benefits package includes health, dental, life insurance, and paid time off! Full-time employees are also eligible for tuition remission for courses at Boston University. Note: the remission benefit extends to dependents as well. For more details on benefits, please refer to the Boston University benefits page at https://www.bu.edu/hr/employee-resources/benefits/.
The department of Financial Affairs at Boston University values intellectual, cultural, and social diversity among its staff and students. We remain steadfast in our dedication to building a team that is inclusive and equitable and a place where all constituents can thrive.
For all positions, we are looking for individuals who enjoy working with colleagues in a collaborative environment and who are flexible and creative. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups who share our interest in serving a university community with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities.
Interested applicants are asked to upload a resume, list of references (if available), and submit a cover letter addressed to 'Hiring Manager Sourcing Specialist Technology and Professional Services'. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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