Job Description

We Are:
 
Accenture is one of the world’s leading providers of sourcing and procurement services, we help our clients architect, build and operate high performance procurement organizations through our global and flexible solutions. At Accenture, we partner with forward-thinking business leaders of the world’s most dynamic companies, to transform procurement and drive sustainable changes to their cost structures.
 
As one of the leading procurement Business Process Services specialists, Accenture excels at helping companies build the foundation for long-term growth. We are committed to delivering exceptional service through our exceptional people, and as an employee you’d enjoy a fulfilling career in an innovative environment where challenging and interesting work is part of daily life.
 
Join Accenture and help transform leading organizations and communities around the world.  The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance.  Choose Accenture, and make delivering innovative work part of your extraordinary career.
 
Accenture people build careers in four different areas of our business: Consulting, Technology, Business Process Services and internal Corporate Functions.  Each area offers a unique career experience and a compelling mix of work and training opportunities, work environment and structure for career progression.
 
Business Process Services professionals work on projects across a range of business processes, business applications and information technology.  They may provide technology services, such as application management, infrastructure management and systems integration, or they may deliver business process services, including finance and accounting, procurement and human resources. Depending on the role, Business Process Services professionals may be based at a client’s office or in one of Accenture’s 50 delivery centers around the world. 
 
You Are:
  • Proactive, results oriented and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and rapidly evolving industry
  • Comfortable and able to thrive within a large global organization that values entrepreneurialism, innovation and results
  • Collaborative and resourceful – someone that can easily interact with both internal and external professionals at all levels to help solve business needs/challenges
  • Analytical and strategic – someone that can draw actionable insights from data
  • Knowledgeable of end-to-end procurement processes (contracting, P2P, account management) with an inclination towards process improvement
 
As a Sourcing Associate Manager, you will be dedicated to an external client and responsible for developing an in-depth understanding of the client’s business, structure, challenges and requirements within the context of the client’s business sector. You will develop and execute sourcing strategies related to a variety spend areas across the Services categories (i.e. Technology, HR, Travel, Marketing, etc.) to support the client’s business goals while achieving optimal pricing, quality and service levels.  In this capacity, you will have substantial involvement in supporting sales and solution design and in helping the procurement organization expand their involvement and control of non-traditional spend areas.
 
The Work:
 
Client Relationship Management
  • Build and actively maintain relationships with key client stakeholders across various functional units such as procurement, legal, vendor management and individual category groups
  • Establish yourself as a trusted advisor through networking with your client and on-site presence to support sourcing execution as appropriate
  • Pursue and develop senior level stakeholder relationships at priority accounts; support account stakeholder relationship plans
  • Understand client unique processes and requirements pertaining to the procurement process and be well versed in the client’s end to end source to pay process. Be knowledgeable of the scope of Accenture services, holistically
  • Stay informed about trends happening in your client industry, and be aware of your client’s environment
  • Work collaboratively with suppliers and client stakeholders to identify and execute continuous cost and performance improvement strategies
  • Ensure client satisfaction through project delivery
  • Promote corporate objectives and change initiatives, ensuring that the sourcing team is supporting overall company direction and growth
 
Lead Sourcing Projects
  • Identify cost/productivity improvement opportunities in spending
  • Support development of market insights from cross-client sourcing activities and collaborate with Procurement Category Advisory team to provide industry and supplier research, market intelligence and financial analyses to client.
  • Provide input to Accenture best practices
  • Lead sourcing projects, including all key steps such as strategy development, supplier negotiation, award recommendations, business case presentations and supplier contract execution
  • Maximize own utilization to ensure optimal productivity and margin contributing to contract P&L.  Pursue off-shore optimization and support for projects
  • Represent Accenture as a sourcing expert (both from a process and client interaction perspective) to current and prospective clients

This opportunity is based in Chicago at client site.



Qualifications

Here’s What You Need:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in consulting, sourcing/procurement/supply chain management function
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in leading procurement or sourcing engagements 
Bonus Points:
  • Solid multi-phase project management skills and proven project delivery experience
  • Ability to effectively lead formal strategic sourcing efforts related to Services categories:  Corporate & Professional Services, Technology, HR, Travel, Marketing
  • Ability to act independently and interface with clients and suppliers via strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong ability to effectively manage in a matrix organizational structure working with multiple internal stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt to the varied corporate cultures and organizational structures of client
  • Exceptional track record of building relationships with stakeholders or clients that have resulted in high client satisfaction
Travel:
  • This role is required to sit on-site with the client 4-5 days a week
 
Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture. 
 
Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.
 
Accenture is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity
 
All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.
 
Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.
 
Accenture is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women.
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