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Manager, Strategic Procurement Job

DATE: Sep 4, 2017

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 71006 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Finance 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


The Manager, Strategic Procurement works proactively with line of business colleagues to identify capable vendors, lead the strategic sourcing process, and develop contracts.  The overall goals of the Procurement function are to leverage corporate-wide buying power, control risk, and help our business partners obtain the goods and services needed in a way that exceeds their expectations. This position reports to the Director, Strategic Procurement and has no direct reports.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of strategies for significant procurement transactions
  • Identify qualified candidate vendors capable of meeting DSW requirements
  • Carry out all in depth supplier due diligence as required
  • Work with business clients and other stakeholders to define requirements for a Procurement transaction
  • Design and execute the competitive process for each Procurement transaction to obtain the best overall value-added solutions from candidate vendors
  • Evaluate competitive offerings from vendors and develop and present sourcing options that meet DSW's business requirements
  • Development and execution of negotiation strategies that are aligned to the sourcing strategies.
  • Develop Service Level Agreements that will be used to monitor supplier performance against DSW requirements.  Ensure all the selected vendors are compliant with SLA's (Service Level Agreements) through collaboration with our internal partners and client teams
  • Lead the negotiations to establish commercial terms and lead the contract development process through contract approval and execution
  • Develop and present Executive Summary and contract approval material to DSW's senior leaders
  • Create business plans to address commodity, product, and service spends under enterprise/outsourcing arrangements.
  • Maintain compliance with all policy and procedural guidelines.  Demonstrate Policy leadership, by both adhering in full to DSW policies and practices, and educating and guiding other internal stakeholders in their compliance with Procurement policies.
  • Partner with business area teams on local, regional, national, and sometimes global Procurement projects
  • Partner closely with internal legal, risk and finance teams driving the successful completion of intricate negotiations and initiatives
  • Conduct in depth cost and spend analysis in order develop target saves initiatives though various cost reduction means
  • Lead the category and supplier spend management activities with for assigned spend areas and vendors
  • Carry out administrative responsibilities effectively in managing projects and contracting activities
  • Identify new savings and service opportunities that address or anticipate client needs
  • Develop & maintain vendor information, by producing qualitative assessments of vendors.



  • Build effective and trusted relationships with internal clients and vendors
  • Create a portfolio approach towards select key spend categories
  • Proactively engage with internal clients in a consultative manner to develop value added opportunities and holistic sourcing strategies for assigned categories
  • Achieve cost reduction / savings targets
  • Work cooperatively with other Procurement employees as a team member to meet common objectives


Key Objectives:

  • Negotiate, manage and monitor vendor agreements that protect DSW's interests
  • Deliver on projects that lower the firm's total spend and supply risks
  • Consistently demonstrate a high level of professionalism with all stakeholders


Required Skills & Competencies:

  • Strong vendor management/negotiation skills/contracting
  • Demonstrated capability to solve complex problems independently
  • Excellent analytical skills, including financial analysis
  • Excellent internal client management skills
  • Proven track record of broad, strategic thinking in a Procurement role
  • Excellent oral and writing skills as well as listening skills
  • Project management experience in complex initiatives
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite (especially advanced Excel, including the use of pivot tables)
  • Strong knowledge of the key aspects of the RFI/RFP/RFQ
  • Strong understanding and proven experience in executing complex legal agreements
  • Experience with IT sourcing and contracting, with working knowledge of IT contracting concerns, often able to provide guidance to IT business partners on effective structuring of Procurement processes, and contracts to obtain beneficial vendor solutions


Minimum Qualifications


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing a commodity or spend category area


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Marketing related products or services (IT a plus)



  • Bachelor's Degree required; MBA a plus


DSW believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws. DSW also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant or associate who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should contact Human Resources to request that accommodation. 


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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