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Manager Strategic Sourcing

Company: Highmark Health
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: May 12, 2024

Job Description:

Company :
Highmark Health
Job Description :
This job creates and drives strategic sourcing for a group of spend categories with enterprise-wide responsibilities for the procurement strategies of direct and indirect spend categories as well as collaboration with multiple Business Units to secure optimal purchasing opportunities for the Organization. The incumbent acts as a strategic business partner, interfacing at the SVP and VP levels of the company, with the ability to understand customer needs and drive results to achieve customer satisfaction. Drives continuous improvement of procurement processes throughout the Organization and its subsidiaries and provides expertise to business leaders in planning and implementing supply chain strategies to achieve business goals and objectives. This position has multi-million dollar financial and enterprise risk mitigation responsibilities.

  • Perform management responsibilities including, but not limited to: involved in hiring and termination decisions, coaching and development, rewards and recognition, performance management and staff productivity.

  • Plan, organize, staff, direct and control the day-to-day operations of the department; develops and implements policies and programs as necessary; may have budgetary responsibility and authority.

  • Lead creation and implementation of sourcing and demand management strategies for assigned categories of spend, manage the development of RFx materials, detailed analysis of proposals and vendor capabilities, negotiations and supplier selection as well as perform player/coach for staff to produce the same results for their respective areas.

  • Leverage key metrics to identify problem areas and adopt current and emerging business models with an entrepreneurial mindset and creative approach to drive best practice.

  • Lead and coach a team responsible to strategically partner with business unit leaders and contribute to client strategy by providing procurement expertise and strategic partnering for purchasing opportunities.

  • Counsel business unit leaders regarding purchasing processes, technology capabilities and policies to assist in the procurement life-cycle.

  • Build and manage relationships with priority business executives, serves as a key member of the business unit leadership team to support implementation of business strategies through advanced procurement initiatives and team alignment, facilitate the entire sourcing process and closely collaborate with clients to select and award business to suppliers.

  • Demonstrates a strategic business mindset, organizational savvy, presents an executive-level presence, and balances multiple stakeholder interests simultaneously.

  • Create, drive and mentor staff in long-term strategic planning efforts for assigned sourcing categories including advanced multi-year category strategies designed to anticipate enterprise-wide requirements while optimizing forecasted shifts in both supply markets, industry trends and supplier economic cycles.

  • Lead the development and negotiation of contracts with new suppliers and/or renegotiate existing contracts to accomplish lowest total system cost and savings objectives as well as perform player/coach for staff to produce the same results for their respective areas.

  • Conduct category spend analyses and reporting, supplier stratification, supply market and category industry research as well as perform player/coach for staff to produce the same results for their respective areas.

  • Provide oversight and evaluate ethical procurement practices of contracted goods and services which includes compliance with corporate and departmental policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local regulations.

  • Other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Business Management, Finance, Marketing, or Accounting or four years of relevant experience and/or education as determined by the company in lieu of bachelor's degree


      • Master's degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Business Management, Finance, Marketing, or Accounting


        • 7 years in a procurement role

        • 3 years of leading cross divisional or functional teams

        • 3 years of strategic sourcing experience with expertise in influencing business strategy and vendor relations

        • 3 years of highly honed negotiation skills, developed through significant corporate sourcing environment experience

        • 3 years of writing and generating RFPs, RFIs and RFQs to suppliers


          • None


            • None


              • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)


                • Strong influencing skills that can be used to lead teams and build partnerships with internal resources and Highmark Health supply base

                • Proven leadership skills - ability to motivate others to quickly achieve results in a matrixed environment

                • Uses knowledge of industry and market trends to develop and champion long-term strategies

                • Demonstrates the ability to effectively persuade others to listen, commit, and act on a new approach

                • Strategic mindset with executive presence and organizational savvy

                • Self-confident with an ability to accept and respond to challenges in a positive manner

                • Manages change, ambiguity, complexity and drives for results

                • Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills, effectively presenting complex topics in a concise manner to audiences at various levels and in various sizes

                • Broad understanding of business issues, metrics, organizational linkages and customer value

                • Strong organizational and analytical skills in addition to advanced project leadership and management skills

                • Extensive knowledge of assessing and recommending creative and time-sensitive solutions

                  Language (Other than English)
                  Travel Required:
                  0% - 25%
                  Position Type
                  Teaches / trains others regularly
                  Travel regularly from the office to various work sites or from site-to-site
                  Works primarily out-of-the office selling products/services (sales employees)
                  Physical work site required
                  Lifting: up to 10 pounds
                  Lifting: 10 to 25 pounds
                  Lifting: 25 to 50 pounds
                  Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.
                  Compliance Requirement: This position adheres to the ethical and legal standards and behavioral expectations as set forth in the code of business conduct and company policies.
                  As a component of job responsibilities, employees may have access to covered information, cardholder data, or other confidential customer information that must be protected at all times. In connection with this, all employees must comply with both the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices and Privacy Policies and Procedures as well as all data security guidelines established within the Company's Handbook of Privacy Policies and Practices and Information Security Policy.
                  Furthermore, it is every employee's responsibility to comply with the company's Code of Business Conduct. This includes but is not limited to adherence to applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations as well as company policies and training requirements.
                  Pay Range Minimum:
                  Pay Range Maximum:
                  Base pay is determined by a variety of factors including a candidate's qualifications, experience, and expected contributions, as well as internal peer equity, market, and business considerations. The displayed salary range does not reflect any geographic differential Highmark may apply for certain locations based upon comparative markets.
                  Highmark Health and its affiliates prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation/gender identity or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Highmark Health and its affiliates take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation/gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.
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                  Req ID: J242974

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