Senior Sourcing Manager, Professional Services

Cox Automotive - Atlanta, GA (30+ days ago)3.5


The Senior Sourcing Manager, Professional Services will lead the development and provide the ongoing support for a corporate wide strategic sourcing and supplier rationalization program for assigned categories. This position is responsible for the delivery and execution of sourcing projects for the categories. This includes defining category specific sourcing strategy plans and leading the sourcing process to include market and baseline analysis, managing suppliers, developing and implementing strategies, performing supplier capability assessments, continuous improvement and benchmarking that supports the category.

The Senior Sourcing Manager will provide comprehensive strategies that ensure the ''best value'' result is achieved within the category. This includes identifying, evaluating, and selecting suppliers to meet internal business needs, managing sourcing processes and completing necessary documentation (including RFQs, RFIs, and RFPs), and conducting supplier capability and suitability assessments. This role will assist in negotiating product/service pricing and contractual terms and conditions. The Sourcing Manager will assist in establishing standardized and comprehensive contract management packages that comply with the legal department processes, procedures and requirements and that also minimize any potential financial or contractual risks. In addition, this position is expected to have a deep understanding of our internal customers businesses and their objectives to develop strategies that meet their current and future procurement needs as well as develop broad supplier, product, and industry knowledge to provide sourcing expertise to internal clients.

The position will engage suppliers by leading the end-to-end supplier selection and bidding processes across high value spend and continuous improvement processes. Results and benefits will be measured across financial and operational dimensions, including price, quality and service.

Key Responsibilities

Responsible for the evaluation of supplier performance and compliance when considering contract renewals
Engage suppliers by leading the end-to-end supplier selection and bidding processes across high value spend and continuous improvement processes
Define category specific sourcing strategy plans and lead the sourcing process to include market and baseline analysis, manage suppliers, develop and implement strategies, perform supplier capability assessments, continuous improvement and benchmarking that supports the category
Responsible for leading the development and providing the ongoing support for a corporate wide strategic sourcing and supplier rationalization program for Cox Automotive specific categories.
Assist Category Manager in implementation planning and execution of opportunities and supplier escalation processes and supplier relationship management/issue resolution
Serves as an agent to guide Cox Automotive’s supplier diversity and sustainability efforts
Establish balanced scorecard selection metrics beyond purchase price
Drive implementation planning and execution for identified purchasing opportunities within new or existing suppliers and solutions
Drive special project opportunities within categories (supplier and cost benchmarking and research, etc.)
Develops and implements program standards, procedures, guidance and discipline
Identifies change management opportunities and develops recommendations
Responsible for facilitating meetings and presentations to senior leadership
Maintain knowledge of suppliers within categories for opportunity identification and business case development.
Negotiates contracts for strategic and large supplier contracts for the procurement of services
Implement multi-year strategic alliances with suppliers to leverage company/enterprise wide volume, reducing the number of suppliers to an optimum number
Works with legal to create agreements/contracts/standing orders with successful supplier(s) in compliance with company standards
Special projects as needed



BS/BA degree in related discipline in Supply Chain Management, Business Management, Human Resources, Operations or related discipline
Minimum 8 years of experience in strategic sourcing
Experience successfully supporting a large-scale Program Management / Process Improvement / Integration initiatives resulting in organizational change
Advanced experience with Microsoft Office Suite and preferably e-Sourcing tools
Experience assigning and coordinating work of cross-functional team members to accomplish project goals.
Ability to manage 5-10 complex projects at a time depending on project size with moderate analytic complexity
Moderate negotiation strategy development and execution
Ability to develop and execute a negotiation/deal strategy
Ability to develop sourcing strategy with assistance
Collaborate with business partners in setting realistic project timelines and goals
Thorough understanding of the indirect category
Typically faces situations that are unstructured and require original approaches
Demonstrated ability to influence without authority
Nurture professional relationships with peers/counterparts
Superior ability to analyze complex data and spend information
Self-starter with ability to manage projects and relationships independently
Excellent negotiating and influencing skills through written or verbal communication with specific experience in management reporting and executive presentations
Proven ability to create and execute effective business plans
Solid business financial understanding and exceptional organization and analytical skills
Ability to drive competitive sourcing events and support supplier selection process
Ability to execute detailed base-lining and spend analytics within categories of ownership
Ability to track ongoing compliance of category and drive escalation process for non-approved system spend activities

Master’s degree a plus
Top 5 consulting experience a plus
Prefer certification in Supply Chain Management, CPM, or CPSM
Project management experience, Lean, and six sigma training preferred


About Cox Automotive

Cox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, retail, financial and wholesale solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. The Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®,®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, VinSolutions®, Xtime®, incadea®, and a host of other brands. With a complete and connected view of the automotive ecosystem, Cox Automotive is a global company connecting people, cars and capabilities with services that link the automotive value chain. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual’s age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Organization: Cox Automotive

Primary Location: US-GA-Atlanta-6205A Peachtree Dunwoody Rd

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Manager/Senior Manager

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: Ongoing