Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Posted Date: Oct-18-2016

Job ID: 5503

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Finance

City: Bellevue

State: Washington

What's cool about this job

If you are an experience professional with a belief in results-oriented customer service, you might be a fit for a position within REI’s Procurement organization. This role contributes directly to REI’s success by being responsible for developing and executing sourcing and procurement strategies to achieve the best value and outcome for all assigned categories, with a focus on business services (Marketing, Legal, PR, Private Brands, and Human Resources).  This includes management of end to end sourcing activities such as competitive bids, RFP’s and reverse auctions using established sourcing system. 

In this role, you will own the functional business relationship with vendors; manage and negotiate strategic level contracts; identify and understand customer business needs; represent and draft business requirements; work with Finance on spend analysis and financial modeling; handle direct contract negotiations, legal collaboration and contract execution; and provide consultation on purchase price/life cycle costs, market research and contract conditions to our internal customers. Using best practices and sound business judgement, you will support the continuous improvement of a center of excellence in our strategic procurement, vendor management and sourcing organization. This role will support, align and partner with multiple teams to execute sourcing strategies, produce cost savings and improve productivity within the Procurement team. You will be part of a high performing team delivering exceptional customer service with keen business acumen. You will provide actionable insights to support business decision-making to help REI meet and exceed its goals. You will act in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.


Bring your passion and expertise

  • 5+ years procurement and strategic sourcing experience
  • Minimum of 3+ years demonstrated procurement and strategic sourcing experience supporting key business services spend categories, including development and execution of sourcing category management plans.
  • Ability to execute sourcing actions independently and with limited direction.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration preferred. Bachelor's degree required.
  • CPM, CPSM, or similar certification
  • Ability to create, redline, analyze and negotiate contracts with minimal guidance and consultation from Legal staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and explain business and legal risks within contracts.
  • Experience applying process improvement methodologies to improve business outcomes 
  • Ability to understand accounting and budget implications of proposed expenditures
  • Intermediate to advance computer skills required; Experience using Ariba Sourcing and Procurement solutions highly desirable.
  • 2+ years of experience managing strategic vendor relationships to maximize benefits of supplier partnerships

Why you'll love it here

Join a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a live well-lived. REI is a co-op, born in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in 1938. We’re here to help our 5.5 million members have amazing experiences outside—and do the same ourselves. Bring your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoors—we can’t wait to meet you!

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 19 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 11,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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