VP, Lines Of Business Category Management & Strategic Sourcing
Sony PicturesCulver City, CA
Full Time Job
VP, Lines of Business Category Management & Strategic Sourcing
Reporting to the Chief Procurement Officer, this position is a key leader on the Procurement team, managing the Lines of Business (LoB) Category Management and Strategic Sourcing efforts across the Motion Pictures and TV businesses.
This role will focus on strategic thinking, tangible results, cost savings, relationship development, and operating efficiency over a broad spectrum of spend approaching $2.5-3B in new media and technology, marketing, and across production, post-production, and distribution. Critical skillsets include the ability to use structured frameworks across category management, sourcing methodology, negotiation preparation and execution, client interface, contract/supplier management and project execution pursuant to the group's strategic plan. The individual will be responsible for contributing to the planning initiatives for the team's activities, and will coordinate and execute data analysis, model building, process analysis, communication, and supplier/contract management. Integrating and/or divesting Procurement strategies across various LOBs requires the ability to mobilize quickly to support various M&A activities at any given time.
The VP will interface with senior executive leadership and contributors from multiples areas of SPE. This role will also be responsible for developing a high-performing, diverse team that effectively collaborates with others within the Procurement department and the LOBs, as well as supports the values of the LOB Team Charter and Working Agreement, including transparency, respect of diverse opinions, and sustainable workload.
The ideal candidate will have excellent facilitation and negotiation skills, strong project management experience, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to manage the interests and expectations of a diverse group of creative stakeholders. The candidate must have deep experience with category strategy development, process change management, and implementation.
• Follow structured project management methods and principles to execute complex, long-term category management and strategic sourcing initiatives
• Provide rigorous cost and market analysis (following models established by Global Sourcing and Procurement) that focus on reducing total cost of ownership
• Prepare and execute clear, structured negotiations following the SPE Global Sourcing and Procurement Category Management and Strategic Sourcing methodologies
• Execute deliverables to completion with efficiency, robustness, and attention to detail
• Partner with the Procurement Operations team for the roll-out policies and processes that will enhance the overall amount of spend influence and total value created
• Support inquiries from Strategic Sourcing and LOB senior executives with financial, supply market, spend, and relationship opportunity analyses with strategic vision and industry awareness
• Continually assess market conditions and develop category management and sourcing strategies that maximize value to the Company
• Meet clients' requirements for service, quality, and value at the lowest total cost
• Be aware of market trends/conditions that affect suppliers, costs, pricing, and the resulting impact to clients
• Participate in professional development activities to keep abreast of current industry best practices and continuously improve professional skills and technical expertise
• Contribute to the development of long-term direction-setting for the organization, act as a key member of the leadership team
• Attract top talent to the organization and develop internal talent for continued performance and advancement
• Demonstrate exemplary integrity and ethics in all instances, ensuring compliance with Sourcing and Procurement policies and best practices
• 10+ years of broad-based business experience and understanding (e.g., management consulting or business development/strategy) strongly preferred
• Ability to quickly grasp and become expert in different creative Media and Entertainment supply industries
• Proven track record of retaining a high performing team
• Negotiation planning and strategy skills
• Experience managing collaborative supplier relationships
• Strong written and oral communications
• Ability to work in a demanding and dynamic fast-paced environment with the flexibility to adjust to changing priorities and deadlines
• Strong desire to consistently perform at high levels, achieve the best, motivate others, and commit to creating a world-class Category Management and Strategic Sourcing team
• Approachable, professional, positive attitude that leads to creating effective relationships with internal and external customers
• Lean six sigma and operational excellence expertise
Sony Pictures Entertainment is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected characteristics.
* Sony Pictures - CA - Culver City Area & Studios