IT Sourcing Specialist, Purchasing

Reporting to the Director of Sourcing & Procurement, the IT Sourcing Specialist position is responsible for the negotiation aspect of the IT procurement and ongoing IT category management and supplier performance management that require a high degree of experience, knowledge, and professionalism. The IT Sourcing Specialist is responsible for category management for the IT spend portfolio including, but not limited to: hardware, software, and professional services in support of their assigned Business Partner vertical's IT needs. Activities include participating in RFI/RFP/RFQ cycles, completing supplier negotiations, periodically soliciting Business Partner and Business Requirement Management (BRM) input on supplier performance, developing supplier scorecards with Operations input and driving supplier performance management.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Partner with BRM and Business Partners in developing and maintaining IT sourcing strategies from discovery through contracting ensuring fairness and objectivity throughout the entire process
Represent Sourcing & Procurement in the development of RFI/RFP/RFQ package for IT/Business Partner needs, supplier assessment criteria and supplier selection, ensuring compliance with company policies and procedures
Solicits bids and proposals, conducts pre-bid meetings and/or job walks, evaluates and analyzes supplier responses (including complex supplier proposals), negotiates and makes award recommendations to Business Partners and BRM for supplier selection
Build and maintain vendor/contractor relationships with the objectives of eliminating inefficiencies in the supply chain, reducing total costs, and increasing productivity
Negotiates adjustments with vendors involving replacement of equipment or goods not conforming to purchase specifications, cancellations/terminations of contract and/or purchase orders
Reconciles purchase orders, investigates any discrepancies, ensures corrections and/or credits are made with the vendor and/or Accounts Payable
Drive collaborative relationships in order to gather feedback, understand issues, recognize opportunities, and influence category strategies
Work with IT and Business Partners to collect feedback, understand risk and issues for in-flight projects
Generate category spend reports, supplier score cards and coordinate/conduct supplier business reviews on behalf of San Manuel as needed
Perform related duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Information Systems, Supply Chain, Logistics, or Finance required
A minimum of six (6) years of professional work experience with direct hands on experience managing and executing sourcing and contracting activities for hardware, software, and professional services spend either as a sourcing specialist or an account executive required
Familiarity with typical SLA and KPI for IT categories
IT Sourcing Specialist must have strong organizational, customer service, and negotiation skills.
Ability to work cross-functionally, seek guidance when required in a matrix, customer-oriented environment. On the job experience negotiating supplier contracts and supplier performance management. Positive communications skill, high energy level, continuous improvement mindset, and a sense of urgency are all integral to the role
Ability to leverage data and analytics to generate business cases in support of lease vs. buy decisions
Excellent team interpersonal skills and ability to handle multiple sourcing assignments while providing superior service.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and advanced knowledge of P2P systems
Knowledge of casino/gaming industry, suppliers, cost drivers a plus
Professional Purchasing certification a plus
At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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