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Strategic Sourcing Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Oakland, CA
  • 100000-120000 USD / Year
  • Salary: 100000-120000

University of California

Another Source’s client, University of CA, Office of the President (UCOP), is recruiting three Strategic Sourcing Specialists to join their team in Oakland, CA. This is a hybrid schedule, requiring three days of working on campus.  (Internally titled: Strategic Sourcing Professional)


Here’s a little about UCOP and the position they are recruiting for:

At the University of California (UC), your contributions make a difference. A world leader producing Nobel and Pulitzer prize recipients with over 150 years of groundbreaking research transforming the world. Choose a career where you can leverage your knowledge, skills and aspirations to inspire and support some of the greatest minds in the world, and those who will follow in their footsteps. Working at the University of California is being part of a unique institution, and a vibrant and diverse community. At the University of California, Office of the President, we propel our mission through impactful work locally, in government centers and systemwide. We are passionate people, serving the greater good.


The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the headquarters to the 10 campuses, six academic medical centers and three national laboratories and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.


To Learn more about the UC Office of the President:


Department Overview

The Business Resource Center (BRC) aims to build a strong foundation for UCOP financial operations, allowing departments to focus on their core duties. Our goal is to standardize procedures and controls to ensure maximum service to departments, as well as efficient, controlled and compliant transaction processing for administrative functions. BRC staff strive to provide excellent service while demonstrating accountability to stakeholders, including the Regents and the public.


The expected salary range for this position is $106,000- 120,000 per year.


Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Local Procurement, the Strategic Sourcing Specialist (SSS) will use their skills as a seasoned, experienced professional to coordinate a variety of diverse procurement operations including purchasing activities and relationship management with campus clients and suppliers to carryout efficiently as to facilitate continuous supply/service support to UCOP operating departments.

The SSS will develop supplier sourcing strategies, lead RFP solicitations, and drive collaboration in a cross-functional team to deliver quantifiable value. Success will result from adhering to proper policy while innovating creative solutions in a forward-thinking environment. Excellent communication skills and the ability to lead diverse groups will be paramount.


The SSS will utilize their full understanding of industry practices and organizational policies and procedures to resolve a wide range of issues in imaginative as well as practical ways. The SSS will work on categories of diverse scope and complexity where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. The SSS will demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions; cultivate internal and some external contacts.


What you will be doing:

(30%) Strategic Sourcing
(30%) Procurement
(30%) Relationship Management
(10%) Point of contact/ support for finance and business needs
Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in related area and 3+ years of experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain management, procurement or related experience in large organizations, and/or equivalent experience. Professional certification preferred.
Minimum 2 years demonstrated high level of product or service expertise including leading negotiations.
Strong customer service and interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate with internal and external partners to accomplish projects.
Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills including the effective presentation of strategies and progress to clients, stakeholders and leadership.
Demonstrated experience in use of Microsoft suite of productivity applications with a minimum of 3 years of experience in preparing spreadsheets for analytical purposes.
Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, identify and consider potential solutions and make timely recommendations. Works with others to effectively address issues when they occur. Excellent organization skills, including meeting facilitation and decision making.
Demonstrated understanding of and ability to comply with a complex array of University policies and state and federal laws that govern acquisitions. Knowledge of the specific category field in higher education or other highly decentralized organizations, including supplier, distribution models, products, and equipment.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience using various proven negotiation’ methods and the ability to critically analyze a negotiation.
Demonstrated knowledge in the development of opportunity assessments, category profiles, and strategic sourcing plans.
Demonstrated ability to lead and advise cross organization workgroups.
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