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Procurement Operations Lead Job

DATE: Jun 28, 2019

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 87556 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Finance 


Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. The company operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. The Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson® footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand® and Max Studio®. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, Designer Brands also owns a stake in Vince Camuto®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, CC Corso Como®, Enzo Angiolini® and others. More information can be found at


General Summary: DSW Procurement works proactively with line of business colleagues to identify capable vendors, lead the strategic sourcing process, and develop contracts.  The Procurement Operations Lead is responsible for leading the tactical execution of Procurement, including requisition flow, project and savings tracking, and tools deployment for Procurement related activities.

Reports to: Director of Procurement


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Workflow Management

  • Leads work with business clients and other stakeholders to define requirements for a Procurement transaction
  • Maintains oversight over the Procurement Inbox to assure all requests are resolved in a timely manner
  • Manages the process for creation of PO’s for product and services, as needed.
  • Verify and/or Enters PO receipts are completed correctly. Work with Vendor Finance to correct issues.
  • Perform monthly Lawson close the of PO module, enabling timely monthly P&L completion.
  • Manage New Vendor Setup process and coordinates the setup with Vendor Finance department.
  • Interfaces with Store Construction team, to maintain Lucernex as needed.
  • Oversees the Travel Management program, striving to improve the experience for Travelers in terms of compliance with policy, savings from contractual arrangements, and ease of use of the tools.
  • Leads the monthly Contract Approval process for Procurement, ensuring all relevant Policy steps have been completed, and proper documents are ready for submission by meeting deadlines


Spend Analysis

  • Provides functional and category analytics, both routinely and on an ad-hoc basis as required.
  • Establish data request templates and reporting capabilities for category management and business unit data needs.
  • Synthesizes, summarizes, and interprets spend information from multiple sources (historical, forecast, internal and external)
  • Identifies and supports the resolution of misclassified spend data within the system
  • Participates in demand analysis and category prioritization meetings to identify and allocate support for the process as required.
  • Supports the development of spend analytics capabilities within the procurement function, sharing knowledge and leading practices as well as tools and techniques.
  • Drives to properly classify spend at the transaction level and minimize spend without the transaction details necessary to properly categorize the spend
  • Establishes process and mechanism to communicate current spend and forecasted spend and areas for savings


Reporting and Controls

  • Leads analysis and reporting of all savings tracking and reporting activities, developing procedures and tools to support the process.
  • Establishes and ensure the delivery of procurement reporting for leaders.
  • Measures and benchmarks metrics/KPI’s for Procurement.
  • Develops custom reports in order to make the right information accessible to decision makers in a timely fashion
  • Leads the Vendor Credit Check process to monitor vendor health, and escalates information related to vendor health that may impact vendors ability to perform


Procurement Tools

  • Assists with the investigation, qualification, implementation and leads the on-going management of the Procurement systems utilized to accomplish Procurement’s mission
  • Provides Procurement system training to end-users as-required to drive adoption and use of the tools to enhance the benefits from their use.



  • Assist with policy development and maintains compliance with all policy and procedural guidelines.  Demonstrates 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.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Builds effective and trusted relationships with internal clients and vendors
  • Work cooperatively with Procurement team members to meet common objectives
  • Consistently demonstrate a high level of professionalism with all stakeholders
  • Good understanding of procure-to-pay process and procurement-related policies, procedures, processes and risks, and ability to apply that understanding to daily work
  • Excellent internal client and vendor management skills
  • Demonstrated capability to work independently, or in a group
  • Excellent analytical skills, including financial analysis
  • Effective handling of ambiguity in day-to-day problem solving
  • High energy and enthusiasm required to contribute to and help shape an evolving Procurement organization
  • Ability to complete routine procurement transactions effectively, efficiently and accurately from requisition to purchase order close in a fast-paced environment
  • Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal and influence skills
  • Team and organization skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Solid judgment with ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and changing priorities




  • 5 to 8 years relevant business experience (support, procurement, contractual knowledge)
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite (especially advanced Excel, including the use of pivot tables)



  • Bachelor’s degree, Business or Supply Chain preferred

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working experience with Lawson Suite preferred



Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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