Job Description Summary
Under the direction of the Account Director, the purpose of the Procurement Director is to develop partnerships with the business units and ensure Procurement resources are aligned and executing Procurement strategies. This role serves as a senior leader of the Procurement team with regular access and exposure to executives throughout the company in order to advocate for Procurement objectives and critical Procurement- related activities. A primary responsibility of this position is to build strong partnerships and relationships with leadership.
The Procurement Director has overall responsibility for all business facing Procurement Activity which is primarily focused on the execution of category management, strategic sourcing and elements of supplier management associated with the spend categories. The Procurement Director will also be involved and at times lead the execution of any highly strategic, complex or confidential work across categories or transformation initiatives (e.g. Workday deployment, adoption, optimization, etc.).
The Procurement Director collaborates with the Procurement Vice President and business unit leaders to develop strategic plans that support business unit objectives. The Procurement Director will be responsible for meeting or exceeding all promised savings, risk management and other performance targets and will work with the Procurement Vice President to package and communicate those results for dissemination across the executive team.
The Procurement Director has overall responsibility for hiring and retaining talent and oversight of all performance management and career development activities. In addition, the Procurement Director has direct management responsibility for his/her team of analysts, associates, and/or category managers.
Responsible for the following:
• Develops and maintains strong relationships with business units and penetrating the organization by continually demonstrating value and breaking down barriers in order to effectively manage spend
• Engages Business Unit and vendor stakeholders to develop relationship equity
• Supports QBR activities for the respective vendor base
• Creates a unified team environment and team goals and ensures all stakeholders understand the connection between the overall business objectives and the Procurement strategy
• Drives for results by consistently achieving goals and pushing to complete tasks by their deadlines
• Develops and delivers communications with clarity and impact Strategy & Standards
• Leads a team that reinforces and maintains standards, processes and templates that support the delivery of procurement activities
• Creates a roadmap that defines how influence in the organization will be gained, ensuring consistent messaging and delivery of activities is performed with business unit stakeholders so their understanding and comfort level grows
• Encourages creation and brings new best in class ideas and approaches to the table for developing and executing category strategies and working within the supply market to ensure Cushman & Wakefield meets or exceeds their objectives
• Holds vendor partners accountable to their corresponding contracts and SLAs
• Ensure vendor contract compliance
• Develop multi-year procurement strategy and ensure vendor base has ability to scale with portfolio growth Continuous Improvement
• Champions, and implements continuous improvement opportunities in Procurement’s processes, procedures and systems
• Escalates and communicates proposed Procurement-wide process or policy changes
• Works cross-functionally with respective service lines to manage vendor partners
• Participates in external networks and makes external connections to develop and share learnings and practices.
• Demonstrates continuous learning and maintains a highly skilled and engaged workforce by aligning resource plans with business objectives; recruiting, selecting, and developing talent; motivating teams; preparing individuals for growth opportunities and advancement; staying current with industry trends, benchmarks, and best practices; providing guidance when difficult decisions need to be made
• Drives the execution of multiple work streams by identifying customer and operational needs; analyzing resources, costs, and forecasts and incorporating them into business plans; gaining cross-functional support for business plans and priorities; translating business strategy into actionable business requirements; obtaining and distributing resources; setting standards and measuring progress; removing obstacles that impact performance; guiding performance and developing contingency plans accordingly
• Uphold the mission and standards of the firm and support firm-wide initiatives
• Ensure implemented programs adhere to legal, compliance, and audit requirements
• Previous Experience
• Must have at least 10 years of relevant experience in a corporate procurement role
• Proven experience in a procurement leadership role building executive relationships and influencing strategy Certifications
• Professional certification e.g., CPSM, CIPS, C.P.M., PMP, or evidence of continued professional growth
• Targeted Competencies
• Building and managing diverse relationships
• Personal flexibility
• Organizational savvy
• Effective Communication
• Business acumen
• Creative problem solver
• Crisis management
• Decision making
• Leading and inspiring others
• Interface with all levels in the organization Cushman & Wakefield provides equal employment opportunity. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated. Cushman & Wakefield is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law