Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.


0 year(s)

Job Description

At Columbia, were as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, were proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.
Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: Its perfect. Now make it better. As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.
We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.

And we believe in you.

Columbia Sportswear Finance & Accounting teams overseethefinancial health andforwardstrategy for a portfolio of four global brands. These teams exercise expertise across Compliance, Credit, FinancialPlanning andReporting, Tax, Treasury,Procurement and Strategy. Advancing traditional Finance & Accounting functions, the organization is also driving exciting innovation in the applicationofadvanced analytics andautomatedintelligence.

As a Strategic Sourcing Specialist, you will be a member of a collaborative Procurement team, partnering with the procurement category lead on the execution of sourcing activities in support of Columbias Global Information Systems (GIS) and Ecommerce groups. Here you will be responsible for building effective business partnerships with varied internal partners and management levels. Key accountability will focus on identification, definition and execution of sourcing projects, as well as cost and contract negotiations to deliver savings and overall value against established goals.

Strategic SourcingPartner with key business stakeholders to initiate, plan and manage sourcing activities across multiple spend categories from inception through contract execution
Guide cross-functional teams through definition of business requirements, sourcing strategy development, contract negotiation and vendor selection
Analyze historical spend to proactively identify sourcing and savings opportunities
Develop and manage RFx activities in coordination with business partners to drive measurable savings results
Build strong knowledge within assigned categories and contribute to the development of category sourcing strategies

Contract Negotiation and Supplier ManagementFacilitate the contract negotiation and review process, working closely with business unit managers, Legal, Risk, Accounting and IT to ensure proper review and capture of business and legal terms
Facilitate ongoing supplier management activities, including business reviews, supplier scorecards and ongoing relationship management

Business PartnershipBuild strong working relationships with key business stakeholders in order to further extend the influence and value proposition of the Procurement organization

Detail oriented, highly organized, and able to manage multiple priorities
Logical, with a knack for analyzing work assignments and problems
A born problem solver, focused on mathematical analysis
Research savvy, sourcing information on a variety of products

Bachelors Degree in Business, Supply Chain or related discipline
3+ years relevant experience in procurement, sourcing or similar supply chain role
Solid working knowledge of procurement best practices, processes and procedures, and general understanding of accounting practices and procedures
Ability to run sourcing projects focused on the acquisition of goods and services, negotiate pricing, and perform related sourcing functions
Familiarity or direct experience sourcing various IT or Ecommerce categories preferred

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Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.