Sr. Procurement Specialist
PNA Panasonic Corp of N. America - Secaucus, NJ

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Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of our business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use our products every day. We share their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. At Panasonic, our success depends on every single employee's contributions - because the more we grow as individuals, the more we grow as a company.

Currently, Panasonic Corporation of North America (PNA) is seeking a Senior Procurement Specialist. This person is primarily responsible for the management and administration of the eProcurement system. This includes all user maintenance, supplier on-boarding functions, financial and metric based reporting as well developing requirements and testing of new system features and enhancements. This position will also be responsible for executing RFP and negotiation of supplier contracts.

At Panasonic, we are constantly striving to improve and grow both personally and professionally. We put our customer first, and demand only the best. We are looking for those that share our passion.


eProcurement System Administration:
  • Manage and execute supplier on-boarding process which requires extensive communications internally with business unit representatives, Corporate Accounts Payable as well as
          • externally with suppliers. Must assemble and maintain all pertinent documentation and maintain tracking mechanism on status of all supplier on boarding requests.
          • Perform analysis of supplier spend data (dollars values, transactions volumes, type of business) to determine applicability of automating supplier transactions via third party supplier network.
          • Serve as primary interface with third party supplier to establish implementation work plans and tracking of supplier registration process.
          • Perform analysis to determine opportunities for creation of supplier catalogs for ease of ordering and automation of purchase order transactions. Includes interfacing with suppliers for developing and testing of “punchout” catalogs as well creation of internal catalogs.
          • Perform all user profile administration functions for the eProcurement application. Includes establishing new users, profile changes as well as terminations. Requires timely action as well as maintaining indisputable documentation for audit purposes.
          • Interface with Finance to maintain tables associated with transaction approval rules.
          • Ability to develop and distribute reports associated with all transactions processed through the eProcurement system including purchase orders, invoices and Request for Approval (RFA) activity.
          • Responsible for analyzing all daily system generated reports to validate all SAP interface batch jobs were completed and resolve all transaction errors by interfacing with IT support and Corporate Accounts Payable.

          Procurement Compliance Monitoring:
          • Provide monthly compliance and audit reports in support Procurement Compliance Manager.
          • Research, identify, seek out and obtain needed information, facts or data by questioning others and/or using paper-based or electronic documentation and data.
          • Provide process and transactional direction to users outside the Procurement Organization including end users and Corporate Accounts Payable.

          Procurement Sourcing Professional:
          • Determine applicability and approach of procurement projects from inception to completion including development of RFx and negotiation strategy for specific commodity areas.
          • Identify organizational needs and negotiate with suppliers for services and products to meet those needs.
          • Execute and administer all agreements to ensure adherence to policies and quality processes.
          • Monitor and enforce compliance with established buying processes and procedures and escalate the issues to senior management as appropriate.
          • Encourage the utilization of procurement services by all prospective business partner organization.
          • Prepare and analyze financial data and quotations.
          • Provide process and transactional direction to users outside the Procurement Organization including end users and Corporate Accounts Payable.

                    Basic Qualifications:
                    • BS/BA degree preferred or equivalent work experience required.
                    • 4 years+ of relevant procurement experience.
                    • Ariba eProcurement administration experience strongly preferred.
                    • Proficiency in: personal computer applications, eProcurement applications, business and industry analysis, excellent financial analysis, supplier selection and management, contract/RFP/NDA/evaluation matrix development, contract negotiations, conflict management, building team alignment, experience in reviewing and executing multi-million dollar contracts and purchase orders.

                    Key Competencies:
                    • Well organized, detail oriented, self motivated problem solver. Executes/manages complex work that has significant impact on achieving business goals. Functions independently within broadly defined direction. Employs a disciplined process for defining, measuring and achieving desired results and objectives on multiple projects. Ability to set priorities and must be able to communicate and coordinate within the multiple organizations.
                    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to interface with all levels of management internally and externally. Provides timely and effective written and verbal communications relating to simple and complex ideas involving multiple procurement issues; seeks input from others. Strong skills to communicate clear directions and report to management. Develop and maintain a network of contacts to achieve key business, organizational and cross-business unit objectives.
                    • Strong Leadership skills required to encourage and obtain cooperation internally to Procurement and across virtually all PNA Units as well as supplier community.
                    • Must be open to continuous learning and change to initiate, accept and embrace process change/transformation through technology and innovation.

                    In addition to an environment that’s as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits.

                    We are committed to creating a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer (m/f/d/v). Pre-employment drug testing is required. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Corporation of North America.