• Supplier Engagement Manager

    Location US-OR-Portland
    Posted Date 5 days ago(10/12/2018 12:33 PM)
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  • Overview

    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.


    Evaluate and assess enterprise-wide supplier management strategies around strategic initiatives and categories of spend with emphasis on quality, delivery, cost containment and customer service.  In conjunction with the businesses, drive all aspects of supplier management engagement including supplier performance, portfolio management, ability to benchmark services against industry best practices, manage service level agreements and maintain exceptional customer service to their internal customers.  Encourage a culture of continuous improvement and accountability with key stakeholders and strategic suppliers.


    Develop and implement strategies around specific initiatives or categories of spend that provide cost reductions to the organization through effective project management and supplier performance improvements.  Through benchmarking industry best practices, develop long term supplier partnerships that will scale with the growth of the company.  Develop and implement strategic sourcing plans to ensure reduced costs, quality improvement and alignment with business objectives. 


    Work effectively across the customer base to proactively capture business needs and requirements in order to keep the supply base capable of meeting the customers’ requirements for services and products.  Conduct supplier management activities, including the development of strong performance relationships and two-way communication channels.  Proactively promote their skills, services and value proposition to customers. 


    Manage relationships with suppliers and take appropriate actions to maximize customer satisfaction.  Lead the supplier performance process for existing vendors and the selection criteria for new vendors.  Lead discussions with key business stakeholders on supplier performance to maximize savings and service levels.  Serve as an operational and technical resource in the resolution of procurement issues.  Develop robust communication models with the key suppliers. 


    Establish and maintain timely customer relations to ensure appropriate service levels and value with all business units and service divisions.  Partner with customers to understand business objectives and requirements to ensure cost effective and timely delivery of essential goods and services.  Utilize robust supplier metrics to ensure customer needs are being met with the right supply base.


    Lead activities to optimize procedural processes and systems supporting supply management as appropriate.  Develop and implement procurement quality control practices.  Lead process improvement initiatives that provide for cheaper, better and faster procurement capabilities.


    Education:  Bachelor's degree in Business or related field.



    • 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in supply management, or the equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience.
    • Working knowledge of: Accounting principles, make/buy financial models and computer inventory control.
    • Organize workload and prioritize tasks to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
    • Plan, schedule, implement and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Analyze problems and evaluate solutions at both strategic and tactical levels.
    • Act independently and make decisions.
    • Work effectively in collaboration with peers and team members.
    • Assess customers’ needs and purchase appropriately.
    • Adept project and program management skills.
    • Advanced systems analysis skills.
    • Express ideas clearly to a broad audience in both written and oral communications, and possesses senior management influencing skills.
    • Effectively resolve conflicts; & builds relationships.
    • Develop short and long-range plans to meet operational and strategic objectives.
    • Makes decisions in the absence of specific direction.
    • Consistently deliver on high quality customer service expectations.
    • Monitor and evaluate budget data and impact on department.
    • Negotiate complex project and technical issues, with the ability to drive significant cost reductions through negotiations and process improvements.
    • Advanced knowledge of: Strategic sourcing methods and procedures, products, support systems and marketplace conditions.

    Professional certification required:  MBA, APP or CPM.




    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.


    For more information regarding your Equal Employment Opportunity applicant rights, click  here.


    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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