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Strategic Sourcing Analyst

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

All interested applicants should attach a resume in PDF format in the Supporting Documents section of the application.

Position Summary:

The Strategic Sourcing Analyst will gather and analyze data to support strategic sourcing initiatives, supplier negotiations, KPIs and operational spend. Position will also develop and manage procurement reporting.

Ideal Candidate Statement:

The ideal candidate has a strong background in data analytics and reporting, a passion for delivering results, is intent on making an impact, and collaborates well with internal and external stakeholders.

Workplace Requirements

This position is offered as a hybrid role (minimum of 3 days in the office per week). Per Rice policy 440 , work arrangements may be subject to change.

Hiring Range:

$56,000 - $75,000, contingent upon qualifications and experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
    • In lieu of the education requirement, additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted.
  • Two or more (2+) years of related strategic sourcing, category management, or data analytics experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of individuals and personalities at all levels internally and externally.
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation, listening and presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex data and propose data-driven decisions.
  • Strong customer service focus, including a positive attitude and a sense of urgency.
  • Exceptional team member. Must be able to work with a team, take direction, adhere to required work schedules, meet commitments, focus on details, and comply with work rules.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others and maintain confidentiality when appropriate.
  • Ability to resolve conflict in a win-win manner.
  • Ability to work independently and within an organization to manage tasks and timelines.
  • Ability to maintain a measurable high level of performance.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to successfully manage multiple tasks, organize and prioritize work to meet strict deadlines, and work with minimal direct supervision.
  • Ability to organize, schedule and prioritize workload to meet key milestones and objectives.
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
  • Knowledge of eSourcing and spend analytics applications.
  • Must be able to perform all essential and marginal functions of the job.
  • Four or more (4+) years of related strategic sourcing, category management, or data analytics experience.
  • Intermediate proficiency with spend analytics and eSourcing applications
  • Intermediate proficiency with Tableau, PowerBI or other data visualization tools
  • Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat and Oracle Fusion Cloud.
  • Familiarity with higher education procurement practices and requirements.
  • Familiarity with indirect procurement categories.
Essential Functions:
  • Data Management and Analysis:
    • Collect, manage and analyze large sets of data
    • Identify trends and value-generating opportunities
    • Provide actionable insights to optimize sourcing strategies and procurement performance
    • Manage spend analytics tool
  • Data Visualization and Reporting:
    • Create dashboards, KPI & spend reporting, as well as ad hoc analytical tools to facilitate optimized decision making
  • Strategic Sourcing:
    • Gather market intelligence
    • Lead RFI’s and supplier pre-qualification events
    • Benchmark pricing
    • Evaluate commercial proposals
    • Develop cost modeling to support negotiations
    • Maintain and administer punchouts for preferred suppliers
  • Digital Optimization
    • Leverage tools and best practices to transform digital capabilities
  • Ensures commitments are met
  • Performs all other duties as assigned
Rice University HR | Benefits:

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Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity at all levels. It considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.


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