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Strategic Sourcing Manager - IT Category - 18707BR - A1D96

Benton Harbor, MI, United States

Posted: 30-Oct-2015

Ref#: 1147798

About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 100,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers throughout the world in 2014. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in more than 170 countries. We earn the trust of consumers in nearly every country by focusing on what matter most. Because of our leadership practices, development opportunities, business performance, strong reputation and a commitment to the communities where we live and work, Whirlpool Corporation has received many awards including - Fortune Magazine's Top Companies for Leaders, one of the world's Most Admired Companies, Fast Company's Top 50 Most Innovative Companies and we've had a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for over 11 years in a row.

This position is located at our global headquarters in Saint Joseph and Benton Harbor, Michigan - a breathtaking vacation community on 40 miles of Lake Michigan beachfront, where swimming, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, boating, and beach volleyball are abundant. The company is host to a variety of employee resource groups, including a Young Professionals Network a group of more than 700 local members who are active in corporate social responsibility commitments like Habitat for Humanity, Cook for the Cure, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, and other social activities. A quick 90-minute drive from Chicago, Southwest Michigan is also home to a new Jack Nicklaus signature golf course called Harbor Shores, 17 other public golf courses, nearly 20 wineries, two art districts, many seasonal festivals, outdoor concerts and events all year long. Join us in making

the most of moments that matter. Additional information about our company can be found at Follow us on LinkedIn or join the conversation @whirlpoolcorp on Twitter.
Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Sourcing Manager opening to join our Global Strategic Sourcing organization.

Day to Day

Today, you might be leading the development & execution of a sourcing strategy. Tomorrow, you'll be interfacing with the IT leadership team and their key process partners on scope of work for critical project delivery and the following year planning. And, you might be meeting with Key Leaders like the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Procurement to review key strategies and results of your category.

What You Will Do

The Sourcing Manager for Information Technology will develop, lead, implement and optimize the sourcing strategy for the Global Information Services (GIS) organization. The Sourcing Manager will work in partnership with GIS and process partners by deeply understanding the overall business needs and providing sourcing recommendations to deliver on annual goals.

The Sourcing Manager for Information Technology will:

Work with the business unit leaders to define their business requirements, develop the strategic sourcing strategy, negotiate deals, take ownership through the contracting process, define the SLA’s and determine requirements for ongoing supplier management
Apply specific IT category knowledge to sourcing strategies to oversee the development and sourcing of IT products and services such as hardware, software, and services. Provide flexible options to meet budget requirements
Lead cross-functional sourcing teams to obtain a result that provides the optimal balance of internal and external customer service support, highest product and/or service quality and value, with speed to market consideration
Lead Supplier Relationship Management initiatives to improve IT services relationships with key suppliers
Review spend analysis reports and provide potential sourcing opportunities.
Develop, manage and execute RFPs; meet with potential participants, both incumbents and non-incumbents, answer RFP related questions from vendors, analyze RFP results and help choose final vendor(s)
Build a best-in-class supply base; cultivate and manage relationships with best-in-class suppliers
Provide detailed cost analysis reports to leadership team and stakeholders.

What You Need to Succeed

The position requires strong business, financial, procurement, and customer service capabilities in order to facilitate and structure deals that protect Whirlpool's best interests and meet the needs of internal customers. The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent analytical skills and attention to detail, be highly organized, self-motivated, good listener, and solution-oriented problem-solver with the ability to handle a variety of tasks independently and efficiently. Additionally, this individual must be energetic, ethical, and desire a challenging work environment.

Bachelor’s Degree in Business or equivalent work experience, MBA desirable.
Functional sourcing or procurement experience with 7 or more years focused on Information Technology for a large multi-national company.
Strong subject matter expertise in information technology services, software, hardware, network, and cloud computing.
Experience in drafting and negotiating contract terms for local, national and international agreements
Possess a detailed understanding of standard legal provisions, pricing strategies, minimum order requirements, and service level agreements
Ability to manage large complex projects including managing to a project timeline, acquiring and allocating resources, ensuring quality deliverables, effective communication and project risk management
Excellent organization, prioritization, project management, and problem solving skills
Strong negotiation skills
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work effectively with all levels of management and other colleagues and demonstrate initiative, mature judgment, great customer service orientation, and the ability to anticipate the needs of the organization
Demonstrated ability to lead by example effectively, influence teams, resolve conflict, and set direction
Ability to take direction, work independently, and perform detailed work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; handle multiple projects simultaneously; and ensure tasks are completed and deadlines are met as required
Results oriented and data-driven approach a must.

Endless Opportunities

Whirlpool has big plans for the future, just like you. We understand that it takes preparation and hard work to get there. So, we offer challenging purpose, ownership of your role, great teams, and tools to build your capability. In our performance-based setting, you can take your career in exciting new directions - and as far as you want to go.

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