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Sr. Manager, Procurement Job

DATE: Dec 6, 2018

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 83135 
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!


Job Title: Procurement, Sr. Manager

Reports To: Director of Procurement


Summary: DSW Procurement works proactively with line of business colleagues to identify capable vendors, lead the strategic sourcing process, and assist with the development of contracts.  The overall goals of the Procurement function are to leverage corporate-wide buying power, control risk, and help business partners obtain the goods and services needed in a way that exceeds expectations.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Duties include: 

Responsibility for sourcing of assigned categories of spend, which will include Logistics, Utilities, and IT Procurement. 


Responsibilities include:  

  • Lead the development and execution of strategies for execution of significant procurement transactions, for direct responsibilities, and for direct reports
    • Identify qualified candidate vendors capable of meeting DSW requirements
    • Carry out all in depth vendor due diligence as required
    • Work with business partners 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
    • Develop and execute negotiation strategies that are aligned to the sourcing strategies.
    • Develop Service Level Agreements that will be used to monitor vendor performance against DSW requirements.  Ensure all the selected vendors are compliant with SLA's (Service Level Agreements) through collaboration with internal partners
    • 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 and manage business plans to address commodity, product, and service spends, including the development of inventory plans, and creation of outsourcing relationships as needed.
  • Insure compliance with all policy and procedural guidelines.  Demonstrate Policy leadership, by both adhering in full to DSW policies and practices, and educating and guiding direct reports and internal stakeholders in 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 projects and initiatives
  • Manage completion of in depth cost and spend analysis in order develop target saves initiatives though various cost reduction means
  • Lead the category and vendor 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 business partner needs
  • Develop & maintain vendor information, by producing qualitative assessments of vendors.



  • Build effective and trusted relationships with internal business partners and vendors
  • Create a portfolio approach towards select key spend categories
  • Proactively engage with internal business partners 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



  • Bachelor's Degree required; MBA preferred
  • Experience leading and managing high performance teams
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing commodity or spend category area
  • Strong vendor management/negotiation skills/contracting
  • Demonstrated capability to solve complex problems independently
  • Excellent analytical skills, including financial analysis
  • Excellent internal customer service 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 365 (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 Logistics and IT sourcing and contracting preferred, with working knowledge of IT contracting concern
  • Working experience with Lawson Suite preferred
  • Personal Qualifications:
    • Initiative and Motivation
    • Able to work in and lead teams
    • Creative
    • Flexible
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Excellent negotiation skills
    • Strong facilitation skills
    • 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
    • Strong entrepreneurial, interpersonal and team skills activities


Work Environment:

  • Working Conditions
    • Exposure to office environment
    • Subject to changing conditions
    • Adaptable to changes in procedures
  • Physical Requirements
    • Ability to sit or stand for periods of time
    • Minimal requirement to lift up to 30 lb.
    • Ability to use electronic equipment such as computers, copiers, and other office equipment as required
    • Ability to interact with personnel at all levels of the company as well as agents of other companies, customer, and vendors.

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 requiring a reasonable accommodation during the application process or applicant who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should request for accommodations by asking to speak with a Store Manager, District Manager, and Regional Manager, or by contacting Human Resources at DSW will work with the individual to attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that will not impose an undue hardship on DSW.


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

Job Segment: Procurement, Manager, Supply, Buyer, Compliance, Operations, Management, Legal