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Category: Purchasing-Procurement Employee Type: Full-Time
Location: US-IL-Chicago Experience: Not Specified
REQ#: 2017-1664
Job Description
Overview: The jobholder plans, sources and negotiates Shared Services (Finance, Fleet, Travel Management, HR, Wireless, Consulting, Marketing Services, Office Supplies, IT Software/Hardware, etc.) to provide to the organization at lowest total cost of ownership. The jobholder is responsible for handling RFX's, supplier management, day to day activities and projects for the Shared Services category. Success in this position is primarily measured by cost reduction/avoidance impact; managing suppliers, the ability to work with other departments on shared services projects with a high level of customer service. The jobholder supports the Shared Services team in driving strategic alignment with corporate business partners. The jobholder works with the procurement team to develop pipeline savings ideas, obtaining approvals and working cross-functionally to execute over a mid to long term horizon

Responsibilities: Actively manages procurement of goods and services and maintains assigned contracts for the Shared Services Category, which includes Office Supplies & Furniture, Print Services, Subscriptions & Memberships, Human Resources, Marketing, IT, Communications, Corporate Travel, Consulting & Finance.
Works directly with the sites in North America, Canada & the Bahamas, Procurement Operations and Function Managers to implement and maintain compliance with preferred vendors.
Manage the relationship between the internal customers and vendors.
Works with suppliers to resolve service issues and escalate invoicing issues.
Solicits, evaluates and decides upon proposals for goods and services not covered under existing contracts.
Reviews market information and sets strategy for assigned categories and contracts.
Prepares supplier lists & RFx's
Obtains and analyzes offers, prepare bid comparisons
Lead negotiations with the vendors, interacting with Legal to write the contracts.
Negotiates prices, terms and conditions, & warranties with vendors while managing risks and opportunities related to the sourcing portfolio
Optimize the use of appropriate automation tools/standard forms.
Ensure proper order/transactional execution, data entry and follow-up reporting (emphasis on proper process/system).
Ensures appropriate sourcing process takes place according to Morton Procurement policies and procedures.
Streamline and improve processes (SAP processes and technology within Procurement analytics reporting).
Provides transparent documentation of sourcing and negotiation activities
Implement Procurement strategies from Category Managers and Leaders.
Responsible for identifying a savings opportunity pipeline and either execute where appropriate or report to the Category Leader
Responsible for delivering results by assigned category (track and document savings, projects and milestones).

Qualifications: 4+ years of Procurement experience
Bachelor's Degree in Business or a related field, advanced degree a plus
Knowledge and experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain, purchasing or materials management.
Experience working with vendors, negotiating contracts, and conducting financial analysis
Negotiation skills
Analytical and innovative problem solving skills
Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment
Demonstrates High Level of Customer Service Skills
Able to prioritize in complex and fast-paced environment
Knowledge of all MS Office Products
Experience in SAP is an asset
Office Environment Travel 5%

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