Strategic Sourcing Partner

MATRIX Resources San Francisco, CA

About the Job

Title: Strategic Sourcing Partner

Location: Remote

Type: Contract

Job Description:

The principal role of this position is initially to support Sourcing across various categories in Japan but extended in time to the APJ region, as well as executing the client’s 6 Sigma Strategic Sourcing methodology and on-going category management activities for the APJ region. The role will be a key position with the regional sourcing team and play a big part in the development of the regional team. The Strategic Sourcing Partner may also lead the strategic sourcing of simple, less complex categories as needed.


  • Serve as liaison between Global Strategic Sourcing, the business, and the Supplier community.
  • Develop strong partnerships and nurture a positive business relationship with internal stakeholders and suppliers to clearly understand their business processes; short and long term business objectives and strategic direction and goals while providing a high level of Customer Focus attitude.
  • Understand and convert the tactical and strategic business objectives of Strategic Sourcing into actionable tasks/projects, delivering results that enable the business to achieve their objectives.
  • Provide primary Sourcing support for internal business partners for sourcing requests; including contract negotiations, performing market analysis, provide spend data insights and recommendations, and develop business case for new projects.
  • Exceed agreed upon SLAs and provide detailed reporting on KPIs.
  • Responsible for the overall success and management of all aspects of the assigned categories, including supply base management, supplier performance management, supplier business reviews, category profiling, all with varying degrees of complexity, and will be involved with all team members and business partners at various levels to effectively deliver strategic sourcing recommendations and solutions.
  • Lead sourcing spend studies, managing the evaluation of new business solutions and defining the cost/benefit and financial justification of country or regional projects supporting internal business processes.
  • Provide regular communication and training to internal business partners on processes and systems in the Global Corporate Strategic Services organization.
  • Drive cost savings through negotiations and improvement requests, with established methodology to ensure needs of the business are consistently met and deliver added value to the business.
  • Oversee and work with local legal team on the contract approval & signing process and suggest/recommend/implement improvements or areas to be more efficient.
  • Be the point of contact for Strategic Sourcing for Japan.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience. MS/MBA/MA degree desired.
  • 6+ years of progressive experience in successful completion of projects with varying size and complexity, from start-to-finish.
  • Global business analysis skills (i.e., requirements gathering, process reengineering, functional specifications) required
  • Project Management of teams in various geographies required
  • Skills in procurement, Sourcing methodologies required
  • MS powerpoint and excel skills Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Japanese & English

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Certification in purchasing management desired.
  • Previous experience working within a growing regional team
  • Subject matter expertise in IT, Marketing and related categories highly desired.
  • Business Process Re-engineering experience desired (i.e., 6-Sigma certification)
  • Change Management process knowledge desired
  • Strong conceptual and analytical thinking
  • Strong attention to accuracy and detail
  • Solid communications skills and follow-up discipline Flexibility to adapt to ever changing business situations Must demonstrate commitment to company values.
  • Must be able to win support from customers based on skills, experience and collaboration.