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Mar 11th, 2022

Strategic Sourcing Manager

Full Time

Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s the power of data in motion in action—giving organizations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we’re building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world.

We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.

About the Role:

Confluent is seeking an experienced sourcing professional with a strong procurement and strategic sourcing background to join our fast-growing company.  The Strategic Sourcing Manager will report to the Head of Procurement and support strategic sourcing activity across all business units.  This role will be responsible for strategic sourcing and negotiations that support our business partners, optimizing spend within their assigned budgets.  They will also develop scalable sourcing processes and strategies to control and reduce spend across the company. The Strategic Sourcing Manager will have strong attention to detail, is well organized, analytical and must be able to perform well in a fast-paced tech environment.  This position will need to collaborate frequently with colleagues across all departments and geographies and will require strong interpersonal and communication skills.  A dedication to providing excellent customer service is a must. 

This position is remote.

What You Will Do:

  • Build strong, collaborative relationships with key stakeholders across Confluent
  • Lead supplier engagement processes including conducting vendor due diligence, RFx, negotiations and vendor management across a variety of categories
  • Develop, implement and manage sourcing for spend categories
  • Drive continuous supplier improvement strategies and initiatives to reduce cost, improve quality and lower total cost of ownership
  • Develop analytical processes, performance improvement and savings metrics to monitor and track progress against defined targets
  • Implement industry-leading supplier management, procurement and category management practices
  • Prepare and manage sourcing documents, contracts, and related procurement documents
  • Establish collaborative and strong relationships with Accounting, Finance, Legal, Business Systems Teams and IT teams to develop sound operational processes
  • Help build a strategic sourcing function by formalizing processes and implementing tools
  • Manage, coordinate and support special projects as needed

What You Will Bring:

  • 5+ years experience in a Procurement or Strategic Sourcing function
  • Bachelor’s degree required in a quantitative business discipline, MBA preferred
  • Experience procuring a diversified range of products and services
  • Experience with Coupa, Ironclad, Netsuite or similar ERP systems, a plus
  • Strong negotiation, analytical and reporting skills   
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change and improve end-to-end processes
  • Proven ability to work with and build successful relationships with business stakeholders
  • Has experience working for start-up, high-growth and fast paced companies. Technology environment preferred.
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