Procurement Specialist

Chicago, IL | Freelance | Job ID #58770 |
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Our Fortune 500 client in the Loop is seeking a Procurement Specialist to join their team.

In this role, you will:

• Establish trust and build effective business relationships with vendors and internal stakeholders for short- and long-term partnership
• Develop and implement the strategies
• Drive category knowledge, understand cost drivers and be innovative/creative on how to reduce costs without jeopardizing quality
• Develop & execute sourcing strategies for assigned commodities
• Manage scope of assigned categories to achieve business objectives and benefit targets
• Lead ongoing category management activities within assigned scope
• Ensure meeting or exceeding benefits targets for impact to bottom line
• Build and manage internal customer relationships and satisfaction for assigned categories, understanding business requirements as input into enterprise-wide sourcing efforts
• Maintain external / marketplace awareness, related to trends within responsibility scope, and supply chain best practices
• Lead implementation activities for commodities with impacts to the business and key stakeholders
• Proactively engage internal business partners to communicate new product solutions based on category, market and sourcing information
• Participate in appropriate business team meetings to ensure engagement and facilitate relationships with internal business partners
• Provide strategic guidance to profiles and models used to support sourcing decisions
• Lead supplier selection and recommendation activities including qualitative and quantitative analysis, selection criteria, long and short lists, RFI and RFP development and analysis
• Contract development and management (Master Agreements, Business Schedules, NDAs, etc) in Ariba Contract system to ensuring the most optimal terms and conditions while never compromising service or quality


• You have a Bachelor's degree in Operations, Business or Supply Chain
• 3+ years in procurement and/or operations
• You have strong analytical skills, knowledge of e-Sourcing tools and proficient with MS Excel

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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