Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with 51,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation, and other services.


Director of Procurement

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Posted 1 year ago in Cushman & Wakefield


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.


Job Description

Responsible for the following:

Business Influence

        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.


Core Responsibilities

      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

 •        Negotiation

 •        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


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