Enterprise Supplier Management - Senior Manager

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If you want to make a positive difference and stand out from the crowd, you’ll fit in at The Standard (www.standard.com). Through our retirement plans and insurance products and services, we help people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Come join us and share our passion for serving our customers in a positively different way.


This position is responsible for developing and leading sourcing strategies as part of the Enterprise Supplier Management (ESM) team. This involves working directly with executive business partners to develop sourcing and supplier management strategies that facilitate proper supplier selection, facilitate effective negotiations, deliver continuous value to the business, and enhance performance improvement across strategic categories. Leads the negotiation and contracting process of high value, complex and critical agreements.


The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Source to Pay (S2P) activities and managing indirect spend categories, with a deep understanding of operational processes, technologies, common business challenges, and the ability to translate them into solutions.  Primary interfaces with be with major stakeholders in Employee Benefits (EB), Individual Disability Insurance (IDI), and Retirement Planning (RP) along with other support organizations, like Legal & Compliance, Human Resources and Information Technology. You must be an absolute self-starter with strong project management skills and possess the ability to effectively manage multiple demands of your time and resources to deliver exceptional results to the business.



  • Proactively develop and manage positive relationships with customers, suppliers, stakeholders, peers, and business partners; must be able to balance, influence and align internal customer needs with corporate business goals (10%)
  • Execute category strategies and manage the entire procurement process resulting in the best possible terms for value, quality, service and delivery (10%)
  • Create consistency in supplier evaluation, negotiations and SLAs with supplier solutions and services rendered. This position is in charge of supplier metrics, performance metrics, diverse supplier (M/WBE) development, cost savings evaluations and contract negotiations (10%)
  • Meet and exceed the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers, establishing and maintaining effective relationships and gain their trust and respect, i.e. a “trusted advisor.” (10%)
  • Act as a consultant to business partners in the supplier sourcing process, communicating approach for vendor agreement negotiations and/or ongoing projects (10%)
  • Partner with internal organizations to: define moderate to complex product / service requirements; assist with identifying qualified suppliers; run RFx events and evaluations; provide supplier evaluation framework; and make recommendations on supplier selection (10%)
  • Develop commercial engagements within the procurement lifecycle including supplier selection, negotiation planning, contract negotiations, and executing agreements. Draft and redline commercial components of master purchasing and service contracts, statements of work, and non-disclosure agreements (10%)
  • Assist with risk analysis to identify issues (financial, operational and/or regulatory) and develop risk mitigation strategy. Communicate risks and alternative mitigation strategies to business owners and cross functional partners (10%)
  • Lead continuous quality improvements in processes and tools resulting in increased (5%)
  • Develop and execute performance report cards, create and implement continuous improvement plans, drive business review meetings and overall quality management with maintaining optimal Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). (5%)
  • Maintain awareness of key market trends and pricing as well as the availability of new products and services within the indirect spend categories. Recommend and/or counsel others on these changes and innovations. (5%)
  • Continuous learn and develop procurement/category knowledge and methodologies, driving innovation and continuous improvement within the procurement function. (5%)



  • Business Acumen: Demonstrates a keen understanding of business operations and organizational levers that drive profitable growth. Uses appropriate interpersonal style and communication methods to gain influence and build rapport.
  • Strategic Agility: Demonstrates eagerness and ability to learn quickly and leverages a flexible mindset in response to shifting dynamics, adversity and/or change. Continually pushes themselves and their peers to learn, to generate new ideas, and to take needed risks to position the company favorably in the marketplace.
  • Collaboration: Consistently partners across organizational lines and works cooperatively within and outside one’s own team in order to best serve customer/supplier needs and exceed the expectations of end customers

Facilitates Change: Seeks opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; shares ideas with others to facilitate acceptance of change within the workplace.


Education: Bachelor’s degree requested. Masters preferred.


Experience: A minimum of 7 years of relevant procurement/sourcing experience. This includes the ability to manage and execute sourcing strategies, contract negotiations, acquisition development and planning for specific projects and clients. Strong knowledge of procurement management life cycle.


Professional certification required: CPSM, C.P.M., CPIM, or CSCP or equivalent is strongly preferred



Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Equities, Inc. and StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., marketed as The Standard, are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status or any other condition protected by federal, state or local law. The Standard offers a drug and alcohol free work environment where possession, manufacture, transfer, offer, use of or being impaired by an illegal substance while on Standard property, or in other cases which the company believes might affect operations, safety or reputation of the company is prohibited. The Standard requires a criminal background investigation, drug test, employment, education and licensing verification as a condition of employment. All employees of The Standard must be bondable.


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Individuals with disabilities who need assistance or accommodation with the application process should contact HR Direct at 971-321-7871.  This number is only for the use of individuals with disabilities who need accommodation with the application process.  General inquiries about application status will not be addressed.


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