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Sr. Manager, Strategic Sourcing

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Job Title: Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing
Reporting To: Director, Global Strategic Sourcing
Department: Global Strategic Sourcing
Location: Santa Monica, CA  

Your Mission

Activision Blizzard is seeking a Senior Manager of Strategic Sourcing who would be responsible for the transformation, strategy and execution of complex, long-term sourcing strategies across numerous Activision Blizzard categories.  This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a newly formed Strategic Sourcing function in a fast-paced and dynamic business in the entertainment industry.  

The role will be responsible for building relationships with internal stakeholders, evaluating new suppliers, negotiating current contracts with an emphasis on price, terms, quality, and to execute on consolidation opportunities.   This individual would work closely with many people across the organization to develop effective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans.  We’re looking for a sourcing expert with a proven track record of proactively identifying process efficiencies, anticipating business needs, and implementing solutions across the organization.  

Your Responsibilities
  • Understand the business, its competitive environment, and appropriate benchmarks
  • Drive forecasting process and analyze trends
  • Drive the process to select, evaluate, onboard suppliers
  • Develop RFP’s and negotiate new contracts
  • Oversee a systematic, analytical and results-based method for monitoring supplier's performance and communicate results to suppliers and stakeholders
  • Manage issues and quality concerns with suppliers to ensure timely resolution
  • Track and report key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness; perform cost and scenario analysis, and benchmarking; articulate ideas clearly demonstrating effect on the bottom line
  • Monitor strategy implementation
  • Drive annual productivity improvements and cost savings initiatives to targeted goals

Player Profile

The ideal candidate has great EQ, is a natural relationship builder, has strong negotiation skills, and excellent communication skills.  The role will require independent thinking and a self-starter mentality.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field of study
  • 8+ years of Strategic Sourcing or Procurement experience, with a strategic (not transactional) focus, ideally at a multinational company 
  • Experience managing sourcing in categories such as professional services, HR, facilities, marketing, studio production, event production.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strategic mindset and solid analytical skills
  • Strong negotiating skills and experience 
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to seamlessly work with stakeholders with different personalities across the organization
  • Quantitative Analysis - financial or price modeling-both creation of model itself and performing the analysis from which a negotiation strategy is determined, requires comprehension of complex business objectives and a high level of attention to detail 
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Project Management (medium to large scale); able to handle and prioritize multiple projects
  • Demonstrated ability to roll up sleeves and work together with team members 
  • Able to work independently, with limited direction and limited ability to delegate
  • Able to work in an ambiguous environment that is constantly changing

Preferred Qualifications
  • MBA from Top University
  • CPSM, CPM, CPP, PMP, Six Sigma, or similar certifications

Your Platform 

We’re headquartered in Santa Monica, California, housing multiple teams across many disciplines of Marketing, PR, Sales, Supply Chain and other corporate functions such as HR, IT, Legal, Facilities and Finance. Santa Monica is the nerve center of our company, where the best ideas combine with unrivalled rigor to create the biggest and best entertainment experiences in the world.

Our World 

Activision Blizzard, Inc. is the world’s largest interactive entertainment company, with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, Skylanders®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™, and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

We’re proud to be recognized as one of FORTUNE’s "100 Best Companies To Work For®” for four consecutive years and have earned a spot on FORTUNE’s “Most Admired Companies,” and “Future 50” lists. Our 10,000+ global employees are some of the best and brightest talents across entertainment, media, and technology.

The video game industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners. 


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