Manager Strategic Sourcing
CenturyLink - St. Louis, MO

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We have an immediate opening for a Strategic Sourcing Manager that will be responsible for leading a team of Sourcing Analysts responsible for sourcing, contract negotiations, contract life cycle management, supplier performance, and commodity analysis of various technology products and services (computing hardware, software, and cloud based products/services, and customer facing products & services).


  • Day to day management and professional development of approximately 5-10 direct reports.
  • Working closely with functional business unit owners to develop procurement and sourcing strategies which meet the needs of the business, and result in optimal economic benefit for CenturyLink.
  • Understanding product/service markets and developing Sourcing strategies which anticipate and prepare for changes in market conditions, reliability of supply, and supply economics.
  • Supporting the qualifications of potential suppliers, the issuance of requests for proposals, the development and management of project timelines, and supplier selection evaluations.
  • Manage contract life cycles across all defined categories.
  • Summarizing and presenting Sourcing activity to all levels of management in support of decision making processes.
  • Interpreting contract provisions and communicating potential contract, supply chain, and/or economic risks to impacted parties.
  • Managing supplier disputes.
  • Preparing and executing on an Annual Operating Plan detailing expected sourcing activity and results for assigned categories.
  • Development, or redevelopment of processes which enhance the sourcing experience.
  • Ensuring the adherence to corporate budgetary policies and Supply Chain Management Method and Procedures.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent professional experience, in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Law, Finance, or other related fields. (Master's degree preferred).
  • Five years of Supply Chain Management, or other relevant fields, performing activities which include:
  • Managing cross functional teams responsible for multi million dollar initiatives that include market research, drafting specifications, RFI/RFP management, evaluation of proposals, financial analysis (i.e., total cost of ownership (TCO), supplier stability), and supplier selection, negotiating, pricing and contractural terms, contract compliance, and dispute resolution.
  • Development and delivery of executive level presentations which support the business decision making process.
  • Proven experience of influencing business decisions.
  • Implementing sourcing and contract management strategies and methodologies.
  • Managing supplier relationships for an assigned set of products and/or services.
  • Experience working in a fast paced, high visibility environment with frequently shifting priorities.
  • Specific expertise in product & services oriented categories including, but not limited to software, hardware, hosting services/products, and professional services.

Company Statement
CenturyLink is an industry-leading provider of communications, high speed Internet and entertainment services from coast to coast. Our combination of business and residential service solutions – including home and wireless voice solutions and digital television – provide innovative solutions to our customers. CenturyLink is proud to be a participant in the U.S. General Services Administration Networx program, the largest communications services contract in the world. CenturyLink offers you the opportunity to develop and cultivate your career as we lead the communications industry into the future.

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