• Sourcing and Procurement Specialist, Senior Advisor

    Location US-IL-Lincolnshire
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  • Overview

    At Zebra, we’re reinventing how businesses operate at the enterprise edge - helping them run faster, smarter, and more connected than ever before.


    A dynamic community of builders, doers and problem solvers, we each play a unique role - shaping new technologies, bringing solutions to market, and partnering with companies on the front line of business.


    Being a part of Zebra means making your mark as we make digital transformation a reality.

    It means growing into a leader at a leading company that makes a distinct difference - because together, we’ve only just begun.


    Calling all Changemakers.

    Zebra is waiting for you.


    Do you bring an innovation mindset and embrace change for Indirect Procurement?

    Join us as we transform the edge of the enterprise!


    This role possesses deep category experience across different Information Technology mainly focusong on software primarily.  Additionally, the role ideal candidate possesses a demonstrated project management efficiency and effectiveness for complex regional to global projects, exhibits leadership qualities and characteristics, and being an agent of change for Indirect Procurement.


    More specifically, the Specialist Senior Advisor applies their multilayered and deep category experience by working closely with the business stakeholders to identify, define and execute key projects that support defined business goals and objectives over a 12-36-month horizon.


    The Specialist Senior Advisor will handle multiple highly complex regional to global projects and lend his/her industry and category expertise with other team members. The Senior Advisor is a recognized as a member of the Procurement Leadership team with the expectation to support and drive Zebra and Indirect Procurement’s goals and objectives.


    • Drive value through understanding market dynamics; understand the software industry; and the nuances of acquiring software
    • Inspire trust and confidence with executive leadership
    • Engage with management team and stakeholder team members to drive strategic initiatives effectively balancing the RFx process and the TCO evaluation of suppliers against the business stakeholder’s requirements and supplier preferences. Recognized as a company expert within his/her field
    • Ability to simultaneously manage 8+ highly complex projects, leading all deliverables, analytics, negotiations and project management details (as needed). These projects will span from a regional to global scope and will support the company’s key strategic priorities. Additionally, these projects will typically impact multiple functions and involve medium to large sized project teams representing multiple business areas
    • Manage full sourcing process for the most complex projects - inclusive of supply market analysis, leverage spend, establishing business requirements, driving requirements, negotiating SOWs, contract terms, executing and monitoring complex contracts, conducting and monitoring supplier business reviews
    • Independently collaborate with key stakeholders to develop annual category management plan that incorporates the stakeholder’s strategy, goals, challenges, constraints and objectives with a 1 to 3-year time horizon – key outputs included but not limited to spend breakdown, strategic sourcing pipeline, process improvements, supplier rationalizations, targeted supplier business reviews, sourcing levers, etc.
    • Ability to maintain accountability, delivering against timelines, building relationships and becoming a trusted advisor with business stakeholders, executive management and suppliers
    • Perform significant total cost of ownership evaluations, perform supply-market research, conduct the most complex pricing audits and impact analysis for the pursuit of continuous cost improvements
    • Work collaboratively with suppliers and stakeholders to identify and execute continuous cost improvement programs and resolve significant and unique strategic supplier performance issues to ensure business satisfaction
    • Contribute to measuring success, including savings, innovation related to process improvements, improved delivery and simplified processes
    • Maintain a high level of product and industry awareness to keep current on best practices, new suppliers, market trends, etc.


    • Bachelor's degree required with a preference for Accounting/Finance, Business Administration, Supply Chain, Engineering, or related; MBA, CPSM is a plus
    • 12+ years as a procurement professional of Indirect Categories (i.e., IT, legal, marketing, HR, office suppliers, travel, facilities, software, hardware, consulting, etc.) and other indirect categories
    • Strategic Sourcing
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Project Management
    • Spend Analytics
    • Supplier Management
    • Contract Compliance
    • Strategic Collaboration Management
    • Executive Presentation
    • Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Experience managing the software technology category, including all types of software acquisitions, e.g., Application, System, Infrastructure, and Cloud software. 
    • Proficiency in spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel), presentation software (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint), Oracle iProcurement, Scout, and SpendHQ (or similar programs)

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