Director Sourcing

WALGREENS - Deerfield, IL3.6

Full-timeEstimated: $130,000 - $170,000 a year
Job Summary
Responsible for developing strategy, leading change management, and directing a team of Category Managers, who specialize in one or more healthcare related spend categories; establishing objectives for a group of spend categories along with developing the strategy for the short term and long term sourcing plans; overseeing and adjusting the execution of sourcing and procurement strategies; leading the development and execution of reporting and tracking mechanisms; reporting on sourcing strategies and performance within areas of responsibility; driving cross-functional category teams in change management and business continuity; defining procurement requirements and operational needs; implementation of enterprise wide strategic sourcing tools and systems as outlined in the Global Sourcing Long Range Plan; participation and obtaining a leadership role in the development of Business Unit (Walgreens) and Global Sourcing process, continuous improvements, and operational efficiencies. Direct management and administration of >$750m of healthcare category related spend.

Job Responsibilities
Creates collaborative business plans with strategic vendors, develops negotiating strategies, and directs the execution of strategic programs. Provides direction and oversees that Category Managers develop and maintain positive vendor relationships. Approves Category Manager vendor contract negotiations, guaranteeing the attainment of the most advantageous pricing, terms, discounts, allowances, quality, delivery, service and dating (where applicable). Ensures all goods and services meet established standards and legal requirements. Addresses business unit concerns / issues, requests, and questions and resolves within legal/tax and corporate guidelines. Establishes and maintains the sourcing strategy for the enterprise including the shaping of supply chain strategies and metrics for assigned categories.
Directs and approves the planning process with Category Managers in developing and recommending sourcing solutions, distribution channels, and execution of best practices. Applies analytics to enable optimized cost savings and supply base. Collaborates closely with supply teams to establish inventory/ replenishment metrics and drive supplier performance.
Plans, develops, directs, and implements complex business strategies through the establishment of short/long-range objectives, change management, performance goals, and metrics for each spend category. Collaborates with internal and external resources and to champion enterprise wide cross-functional sourcing initiatives. Understands category specific details and store/pharmacy operational principles and produces analytics that contributes to the formation of budgets and effective P&L management by the business unit. As appropriate, ensures close collaborations with other Global Sourcing centers of excellence and related functions in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Directs and executes budgetary cost reduction programs and initiatives that facilitate business owners achieving their business unit goals and financial targets. Assures the appropriate use of capital and financial resources. Generates analytics to support these positions.
Directly manages complex negotiations with key suppliers that require a detailed strategic plan and that have a direct correlation with Corporate operational needs and/or goals. Decision maker and subject matter expert for risk management allowances, terms/conditions, pricing, transportation, pricing and quality control/acceptance.
Manages the development of policies/procedures to ensure goods and services are available to business units and collaborates closely with supply chain to ensure working practices are implemented that ensure sufficient inventory levels and/or supply chain availability to support all events to avoid negative budgetary/ P&L impacts.
Supports the talent development of inter-departmental team members and the overall development of cross-functional teams (including global sourcing resources located in other regions). Sets the example and conducts training sessions for negotiations, financial reviews, business analytics and general management. Establishes and trains staff on methodologies for change management, contract reviews and supply base optimization.
Provides continuous leadership to business units to assist in the achievement of their goals and the overall corporate strategies/targets across assigned categories. Consults and advises business unit senior leadership teams/executives on the impact of procurement activities on projects, budgets, and select sourced retail goods.
Conducts industry specific research, benchmarking, financial and business analytics for long range pricing and buy rationalizations.
Collaborates with the departmental DVP for resource allocation, budgetary control, staff development and sets enterprise wide sourcing plans to effectively assist in the attainment of the company’s P&L. Part of the DVPs senior leadership team and directs department in conjunction or absence of the departmental DVP.
Walgreens Disclaimer-
Walgreens, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

As the neighborhood drugstore and retailer, our goal is to make health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach. And we remain a trusted wellness provider offering convenient access to important health services, such as immunizations and an array of pharmacy services that can help patients improve their health. To our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment. We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment, and be a part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, team members and the communities we all call homeWilling to travel at least 15% for business purposes (within state and out of state and internationally).
Basic Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and at least 8 years of experience or High School Diploma/GED and at least 11 years’ experience in developing targets, developing global strategic sourcing strategies and delivering breakthrough levels of performance improvement across a portfolio of assigned categories for a retailer, wholesaler, CPG or a services company with annual sales in excess of $5 billion.
Proven track record of delivery in managing category spend (>$500m) across multiple categories.
At least 8 years’ experience applying procurement practices/strategies focused on meeting the business challenges, P&L needs, and the needs of the organization with a minimum of 5 years’ experience developing and implementing requirements/change management methodologies to execute strategic sourcing activities.
At least 5 years’ experience developing and implementing requirements to execute and enhance day to day sourcing activities. Must have budgetary management experience and/or P&L management experience.
Detailed knowledge of the strategic sourcing procurement lifecycle and procurement best practices and methods and can demonstrate how this knowledge has been applied to optimize category profitability and supplier performance.
Highly developed communication skills both verbally and in writing to various audiences (work group, team, company senior management, prospective acquisitions and external parties).
Experience in diagnosing, isolating, and resolving complex issues and recommending and implementing strategies to resolve problems.
Experience coordinating and facilitating executive management meetings
Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).
Intermediate level skill in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: applying a theme, formatting character spacing, inserting a picture, changing slide layout and theme colors, adding transitions, customizing slide numbers, changing chart style and/or formatting font).
Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: inserting headers, page breaks, page numbers and tables and/or adjusting table columns).
At least 5 years’ experience planning, developing, and managing departmental expense and capital budgets.
At least 5 years’ experience directly managing people, including hiring, developing, motivating, and directing people as they work.

Preferred Qualifications
MBA or other advanced degree or CPM/CPSM certification
Experience of leading cross-functional teams within a large global matrix organization
Experience in Walgreen Retail