Strategic Sourcing, Category Manager

Summary:

Responsible for working with Sourcing Team to lead all centralized sourcing initiatives and contracting activities. Work with business unit executives to define requirements needed to develop the strategic sourcing strategy, negotiate deals, take ownership through the contracting process, define the SLA's and determine requirements for ongoing supplier management. This person must review spend analysis reports and identify potential sourcing opportunities. Identify and lead e-procurement strategy for category and other clients as assigned. This person is viewed as a trusted business advisor and excellent source of knowledge to business unit executives.

The position requires strong business, financial, technology, and customer service capabilities in order to facilitate and structure deals that protect Caesars Entertainment's best interests and meet the needs of internal customers. The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent analytical skills and attention to detail, be highly organized, self-motivated, good listener, and solution-oriented problem-solver with the ability to handle a variety of tasks independently and efficiently. Additionally, this individual must be energetic, ethical, and desire a challenging work environment. This role is based in Las Vegas at our corporate headquarters.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead cross-functional sourcing teams to obtain a result that provides the optimal balance of internal/external customer support, executive direction, product/service value and speed to market consideration
  • Responsible for six-step sourcing solutions providing strategy for cost deflation, large program implementation, establish processes, standards, requirements, brand management, contract negotiation, compliance and presentations to stakeholders and senior management
  • Responsible for providing financial analysis to identify new opportunities in existing and previously non-sourced spend areas; Implementing change management with all levels of personnel
  • Responsible for active management of all suppliers with all reporting, process improvements and sales/savings tracking with applicable inventories and supply chains
  • Strength in developing partnership with vendor companies and developing reporting requirements to track and benchmark sales, savings and identify additional areas of spend of potential areas of opportunity
  • Establish processes and procedures to facilitate meeting needs of global corporation by analyzing business requirements, while addressing multiple regulatory and diversity requirements in varying jurisdictions
  • Ability to provide creative cost efficient solutions to meet company needs without compromising quality, customer service and delivery requirements
  • Strong work ethic and reputation for high ethical standards
  • Proven leadership and decision making abilities
  • Proven ability in communicating and interfacing with Executive teams, internal customer business units, and vendors; strengthen relationships by forming cohesive teams and partnerships to achieve common goals
  • High energy, detail oriented self-starter with multi-tasking abilities. Driven by challenges to provide innovative solutions; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently May be asked to mentor or manage other sourcing staff

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in Business or equivalent work experience. MBA preferred
  • Minimum five (5) years' experience in sourcing and/or supply chain
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of management and other colleagues and demonstrate initiative, mature judgment, great customer service orientation, and the ability to anticipate the needs of the organization
  • Strategic Sourcing expertise in identifying sourcing opportunities, performing/reviewing spend analysis, developing sourcing strategy, development of RFx documents, contract negotiation, contract management, supplier bench-marking, contract compliance
  • Ability to manage large complex projects including managing to a project timeline, acquiring and allocating resources, ensuring quality deliverables, effective communication and project risk management
  • Ability to provide creative cost efficient solutions to meet company needs without compromising quality, customer service and delivery requirements
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating contract terms for local and national agreements
  • Detailed understanding of standard legal provisions, pricing strategies, minimum order requirements and service level agreements
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of programs. Ariba experience a plus.
  • Ability to take direction, work independently, and perform detailed work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; handle multiple projects simultaneously; and ensure tasks are completed and deadlines are met as required
  • Excellent organization, prioritization, project management, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Results oriented and data-driven approach
  • Subject matter expertise in Marketing or Gaming categories a plus

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Caesars Entertainment reserves the right to make changes to the job description whenever necessary.

As a part of Caesars Entertainment's employment process, finalist candidates will be required to complete a drug test and background check prior to an offer being extended. Caesars Entertainment Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status.


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