Category Sourcing Manager

Procurement ROCHESTER, New York


Description

Category Sourcing Manager

Frontier® Communications provides communications services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states. Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its FiOS® and Vantage™ fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice, and Frontier Secure®  digital protection solutions. Frontier Business offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses. More information about Frontier is available at www.frontier.com.

The Role:
At Frontier Communications, we recognize that effectively managing our supply chain and strategic sourcing processes are integral in our ability to deliver innovative and competitive communications products and services to millions of customers.

The Frontier Strategic Sourcing Department has an overall objective to align with business partners to improve profitability and performance by maximizing the value of our purchased goods and services. This will assure continuous improvement in the cost effectiveness and value of services delivered, ultimately improving customer satisfaction, company financial performance, and the overall strategic position of Frontier.  Strategic Sourcing supports the organization by managing the sourcing process, including Request for Proposals (RFPs), contract negotiations, supplier management, and overall supplier performance. The position will report to the Manager, Strategic Sourcing.

REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate should have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, IT or Engineering. MBA or equivalent background is a plus. Professional purchasing certification is desirable. Solid background in supply chain management, procurement, or project management with an emphasis on strategic sourcing with 7+ years’ of experience. Demonstrated experience sourcing materials and services for major projects in a fast paced environment. Experience in Telecommunications industries highly desirable.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Category Manager will oversee all sourcing related activities and processes associated with the acquisition of materials and services, which may include engineering services and network maintenance to support the operational needs of the company. This includes: requirements gathering, sourcing, creating and issuing Request for Proposal (RFP), proposal evaluation, contract negotiations, contract drafting and administration. Functionally responsible for ensuring compliance with Company Procurement policy, ethical and legal business practices, and lowest total cost procurement.

  • Serves as the primary point of contact to assigned business units for sourcing needs. Executes the Frontier Strategic Sourcing Process which includes; strategic planning, scoping, bidding, contract execution, compliance, and supplier management activities for assigned categories. 
  • Must have in depth industry and category expertise in area of concentration. Will have knowledge of trends, should cost models, ability to develop long term sourcing strategies, and be able to develop a pipeline of initiatives to drive cost out of the spend area.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams comprised of business managers, Legal, Risk Management and other impacted organizations to coordinate Company sourcing activities.  Demonstrated ability to build and analyze financial models to evaluate proposal scenarios and present recommendations in a clear and concise format.
  • Structures contracts as to pricing, performance measures, and breach of contract remedies and/or termination options.  Must be skilled in negotiating, renegotiating, and administering contracts with suppliers and vendors such that the best interest of the Company is paramount.
  • Must be adept at communicating with vendors and internal business partners to establish and maintain credibility for the sourcing function, while increasing service to our internal business partners - improving the quality and performance levels of the supply base to achieve the lowest total cost to the Company.
  • Must be able to develop, coordinate and control multiple process and or projects, achieving on time contracting services to satisfy the operating requirements of the Company, while delivering a high level of customer service to the organization.
  • Must be able to create and maintain documentation, in adherence with policy, to meet internal and external audit requirements.
  • Must have excellent written communication skills to effectively and accurately convey detailed and complex information regarding contract specifications, policies and procedures to consultants/contractors and internal clients.
  • Computer skills should include proficiency in MS Office including: Word, Excel and Power Point. Experience working with Lotus Notes, Access, Visio, MS Project, E- Emptoris, and Document Imaging systems is also desired.
  • Able to comfortably interface with all levels, inside & outside the organization.

 

Educational & Experience Requirements: The successful candidate should have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Engineering. MBA or equivalent background is preferred. Professional purchasing certification is desirable. Solid background in supply chain management, procurement, or project management with an emphasis on strategic sourcing with 10+ years’ of related experience. Demonstrated experience sourcing materials and services for major projects in a fast paced environment.

 

Company Info: Frontier Communications is an S&P 500 company and is included in the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. Frontier serves predominantly a mix of urban, suburban, and rural areas across the U.S. The company offers a variety of services to customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice and Frontier Secure digital protection solutions. Frontier Business Edge offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses.

 

Team Overview: The Frontier Strategic Sourcing Team has an overall objective to align with business partners to improve profitability and performance by maximizing the value of our purchased goods and services. This will assure continuous improvement in the cost effectiveness and value of services delivered, ultimately improving customer satisfaction, company financial performance, inclusion of diverse business partners, and the overall strategic position of Frontier.  Strategic Sourcing supports the organization by managing the sourcing process, including Request for Proposals (RFPs), contract negotiations, supplier management, and overall supplier performance. The position will report to the Director of Strategic Sourcing.

Location: Position is located in Rochester, NY

 

Frontier Communications is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.