Director, Strategic Sourcing, Software
ViacomNew York, NY
Full Time Job
The Director of Media Technology Services (MTS) Sourcing – IT Software Category will be responsible for driving global sourcing activities and initiatives across Technology with a concentration on Software and SaaS agreements/solutions.
You will serve as a contact point responsible for building and handling relationships with key vendors and Viacom business owners and will be required to identify global sourcing initiatives, drive cost savings and identify and impact efficiencies within the respective departments supported.
You will also handle the development and execution of sourcing strategies, with an equal emphasis placed on the ability to identify, analyze, and quantify opportunities as well as the ability to manage RFI and RFPs and handle vendor negotiations.
• Actively engage and propose measures to MTS senior management that drive global strategic initiatives through sourcing efforts, including supplier and spend consolidation.
• Take ownership and responsibility for leading and running sourcing initiatives.
• Direct, define, and implement sourcing strategies and initiatives to drive the delivery of corporate earnings, growth strategy, and business transformation objectives for responsible categories
• Collaborate with purchasing teams where applicable to drive harmonies and ensure compliance with policies
• Align regional and global organization structure to maximize achievement of sourcing objectives and strengthen our regional presence globally
• Direct the development and negotiation of highly complex, corporate wide, strategic supplier alliances encompassing multiple channel partners and multi-agency collaborations
• Evaluate and recommend strategic opportunities/initiatives to Strategic Sourcing leadership utilizing current and emerging business models, assessing short-term and long-term industry and strategic considerations
• Lead quarterly forums with suppliers to review project status and performance against deliverables and create mutually agreed upon improvement programs as required
• Gather, analyze, and document requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, and task and workflow analysis.
• Drive project activity through the communication of expectations, enforcement of deadlines, and creation and evaluation of deliverables.
• Handle issues and risks and communicate to management, when appropriate. Consult with senior management and project management authorities as needed. Facilitate communication between project team and partners.
• Demonstrate the ability to put a structured sourcing process into action in formal and informal negotiations, and use the process to resolve conflicts and build consensus.
• Lead and Manage RFI/RFQ/RFPs from start to finish, which includes creation, issuance, and facilitation of the entire process, through vendor evaluations (using scorecards) and vendor selection.
• Create supporting documentation to applicable standards such that the value generated can be included in executive-level presentations.
• Define data needed to meet objectives and develop an effective plan for gathering it. Utilize data analysis to solve business problems. Draw conclusions from analyses that are not immediately obvious.
• Proactively seek information on similar, relevant, past agreements and apply such information to optimize current results.
• Contribute suggestions to assist management in the development of team goals or objectives. Participate in professional development activities to keep abreast of current industry standard methodologies.
• Demonstrate and practice a high degree of professional integrity and ethical responsibility in all business activities.
• 8-12 years (Director) of sourcing experience (e.g., RFI/RFQ/RFP, reverse auctions, interests-based direct negotiations)
• Bachelors Degree. MBA and/or formal Purchasing certification a plus
• A proven track record of cost reduction and productivity improvements; ability to influence and drive change while building solid relationships with your internal clients and external vendors
• Internal or external business consulting experience highly desired
• Successful track record of effectively negotiating IT software and Software-as-a-Service products and/or service agreements in a large Enterprise Environment
• Experience in negotiating and writing SLAs and associated remedies
• Knowledge of global Software/SaaS providers and associated solutions provided
• Experience with Ariba eSourcing
• Knowledge and experience in key sourcing areas such as:
• Information Technology
• Telecom & Networking
• Digital Asset Management Systems
• Media Services
• Content Creation and Development
• Post Production
• Film/TV Operations
• Broadcast, Transmission, Physical/Digital Distribution
• Strong analytical skills; MS Excel proficient; financial modeling preferred
• Strong written and communication skills; MS PowerPoint, MS Word proficient
• Ability to work independently as well as lead and participate in cross functional teams
• Ability to collaborate in a team environment
• Awareness of best practices regarding vendor management (e.g., strategic alliances, supplier certification, etc.)
• Excellent documentation and requirements analysis
• Attention to detail and ability to analyze complex data