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Indirect Procurement - Vendor Manager

Company: Sonos
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: August 14, 2019

Job Description:

We are looking for a Vendor Manager to join our Indirect Procurement team and help support Sonos goal of driving sustainable and profitable growth. Sonos Indirect Procurement oversees global spend of indirect services and products, supporting all business units within the company. With the team located in the US and Europe, we partner cross-functionally to minimize risk and maximize value through strategic sourcing and vendor management.* Partner with Sonos internal stakeholders to develop category and supplier relationship management strategies that deliver value back to Sonos.



  • Schedule and lead supplier meetings to review commercial terms and identify opportunities to reduce spend by establishing and utilizing all available savings levers.
  • Lead bid process, including requirement gathering, RFP development, evaluation criteria, industry benchmarking, vendor selection, negotiation strategy, legal redlining and final contract signing.
  • Create business cases to substantiate total cost of ownership, savings opportunities and prioritization.
  • Develop and maintain a strategic plan to drive value across multiple categories based on an understanding of the business priorities, the market, spend baseline and benchmarking expertise.
  • For assigned categories, continuously research and monitor the industry and report on significant activities, R&D investments, mergers and acquisitions, and competitors activities.
  • Lead supplier relationship management, building and maintaining relationships with strategic suppliers across multiple categories.
  • Experience developing procurement strategies for travel services, airlines & hotels to optimize cost & service, including design and execution of global RFQs, contract negotiations, etc., to implement defined strategies.* Strategic operator - able to define and implement an ambitious strategy through cross functional influence and leadership at all levels. Thinks big, always looking for more effective ways of achieving goals.
  • Systems literate - understands systems and how to develop and maximize their impact through processes, structures, skills and partnerships.
  • Strong communication, presentation and organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks concurrently.
  • Navigate ambiguity - comfortable with uncertainty, able to develop a point of view with limited information and articulate opinions across all levels.
  • Externally inquisitive - always looks to understand our customers, partners, and wider environment and uses this as an input to critical thinking.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of the company and influence senior leadership on strategic direction, business case value proposition and sourcing recommendations.
  • Strong analytical ability to quickly gather facts, perform root cause analysis and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural global business environment.
  • Experience developing procurement strategies for travel agency services, airlines & hotels to optimize cost & service, including design and execution of global RFQs, contract negotiations, etc., to implement defined strategies.
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in an Indirect Procurement role, with responsibility for various spend categories (IT, Facilities, Travel, Consulting Services).

Keywords: Sonos, Santa Barbara , Indirect Procurement - Vendor Manager, Executive , Santa Barbara, California

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