The Strategic Sourcing Specialist represents the University by establishing and maintaining selected strategic and successful relationships with internal customers, outside suppliers and other business partners while also performing routine to advanced administrative activities in the purchase, receipt, verification and processing of purchase orders/invoices for materials and services as requested by end-users. The position holder purchases certain materials, equipment, supplies, and services for University departments in a timely and economical manner by applying approved purchasing techniques in accordance with established policies and procedures. It is in this role where the introduction of the strategic sourcing process and techniques are introduced where applicable in order to further obtain cost savings, credits or cost avoidance for the University. This position manages spend and influences the procurement activities for specialized commodities on the BC Campus. He/she functions collaboratively and maintains a customer service focus while interacting with departments throughout the University. This position seeks to identify contracts which can be brought into the University from the Higher Education Consortiums.
*Minimum of 2-3 years experience in a strategic sourcing/supply management setting
*Strong listening, oral and written communication skills
*Experience in simple negotiations, team facilitation, RFP development and execution
*A demonstrated interest and aptitude to learn the skills necessary to handle higher level negotiations, develop fairly complex RFPs and lead cross functional teams
*Project management knowledge, understanding of E-procurement tools and the ability to incorporate them into sourcing strategies and contract terms
*Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization
*Ability to identify and respond to obstacles and/or challenges
*Ability to handle multiple tasks effectively
*Certification by a recognized Purchasing or Sourcing Association
Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.