The Sourcing Specialist is responsible for supporting the Category Manager Facilities in the execution of a data-driven category plan for the university's Facilities-related spend categories ($200-250M per annum), which includes construction services, restoration services, MRO products/services, janitorial supplies, landscaping services, waste removal services, architectural/design services, elevator maintenance, and several others. The Sourcing Specialist is expected to deliver measurable, quantifiable cost and/or process efficiencies using BUs established Sourcing Methodology, which includes the following stages:
1) Project Confirmation, Analysis, and Planning
2) Strategy Development, Competitive Event, and Selection
3) Implementation and Monitoring.
Under the direct supervision of a Category Manager, the Sourcing Specialist will collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop, manage, and execute on category plan initiatives that optimize the appropriate balance of cost and quality based on defined business requirements, including managing competitive bid events and negotiating business terms.
This role is also responsible for building and managing internal business relationships by providing guidance and expertise on sourcing best practices, including supplier selection, industry insights, negotiation strategies and contracting. The role will work closely on communication and change management efforts associated with executed projects, in addition to developing and managing a supplier performance program within the assigned Facilities-related spend categories.
B.A./B.S. in Business Administration, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Purchasing or an equivalent.
Strong interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills, and the ability to manage projects using Microsoft Office products.
Demonstrated ability (3-5 years) in procurement, sales, or marketing.
SAP SRM, Ariba Sourcing and CPSM experience also preferred.
Boston University's generous benefits package includes health, dental, life insurance, and paid time off! Full-time employees are also eligible for tuition remission for courses at Boston University.
Note: the remission benefit extends to dependents as well. For more details on benefits, please refer to the Boston University benefits page at
The department of Financial Affairs at Boston University values intellectual, cultural, and social diversity among its staff and students. We remain steadfast in our dedication to building a team that is inclusive, equitable, and a place where all constituents can thrive. For all positions, we are looking for individuals who enjoy working with colleagues in a collaborative environment, who are flexible and creative. We strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups who share our interest in serving a university community with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities.
Interested applicants are asked to upload a resume, list of references (if available), and submit a cover letter addressed to 'Hiring Manager for Sourcing Specialist position #7195'. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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