Strategic Sourcing & Category Specialist (Information Technology)

Shaw Communications - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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A little about us
At Shaw, we’re proud to be leaders in a movement that brings Canadians the connectivity they need to fuel their lives. We’re making bold moves to connect Canadians and we’re always on the lookout for go-getters that are committed to disrupting the status quo. Does that sound like you? We’d love to meet you.
The role
The Strategic Sourcing & Category Specialist role will be based in Calgary and will report to the Manager, Strategic Sourcing. This individual contributor will drive the development of Strategic Sourcing & Category Strategies, technology contract plans and renewals for the Strategic Sourcing team in close collaboration with internal business stakeholders.

  • Develop engagement and project plans for technical software, related implementation and reseller spend categories.
  • Support the implementation of Strategic Sourcing process and methodologies.
  • Analyze report findings and data and make recommendations when required.
  • Maintain and provide a current understanding of industry best practices and technology trends to team members and business partners.
  • Manage supplier contracts, governance and control programs to ensure delivery of expectations and comply with corporate and regulatory policies.
  • Ensure organizational financial goals are met.
  • Develop and track cost savings initiatives. Implement strategies that directly effect company financial results and growth plans.
  • Ensure compliance with purchasing policies and procedures, ethical practices and adherence to relevant laws and regulations.
  • Manage and measure cross functional team performance against key business objectives.
  • Identify and organize cross functional team resources responsible for Sourcing Strategies.
  • Liaise with internal category teams, business partners and gain a comprehensive understanding of business requirements.
  • Collaborate with functional leaders to establish short-term and long-term business objectives.
  • Conduct market data research and investigate supplier capabilities and establish sources for new innovations, technologies and markets as business requirements dictate.
  • Lead the development of negotiation strategies and negotiations of small to medium value/risk/complex agreements with technology, network & engineering suppliers.
  • Experience with suppliers such as SoftChoice, Oracle, HP, ServiceNow, Microsoft, Salesforce, Deloitte, PWC is an asset.
  • Negotiate small to medium size agreements.
  • Lead the RFx process.
  • Track initiatives and vendor information in a central repository for reporting purposes.
Your skills/experience
  • University/post secondary degree is required; degree in Strategic Sourcing, Engineering, Finance or Business is preferred.
  • 3 to 6 years of progressive experience in leading small to medium strategic projects, strategic procurement, contracting, subcontract management, and supply chain management, legal and/or equivalent required.
  • MBA or post-graduate degree in business, finance, or related field would be an asset.
  • Proven high level degree of financial and problem-solving ability required.
  • Some knowledge of/experience with e-procurement processes and systems required.
  • Strong and proven business/financial acumen.
  • Knowledge of contract law.
  • Prior knowledge and experience in commodities and spend categories required with a focus in Technology, Telecom, Network solutions and services.
  • Some experience in Project Management required.
  • Understanding/knowledge of Lean, Six Sigma and Project Management methodologies is an asset.
  • Thorough knowledge of advanced functions of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) is required.
  • Proven ability to perform in a team environment.
  • knowledge of Strategic Sourcing, Contract and Vendor Management.
  • Excellent relationship building, interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills required.
Other details
  • This position requires the successful completion of a criminal and credit background check.
  • This posting will close on February 21st
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