Senior Procurement Agent

at L. L. Bean, Inc. in Freeport, Maine, United States

Job Description

We invite you to be part of our team of trailblazers dedicated to helping people discover and enjoy the outside. Come join us. Because on the inside we’re all outsiders. And if it’s outside, we’re all in.

L.L.Bean is currently searching for a Senior Procurement Agent to join our Procurement Team located in Freeport, Maine.

This highly important role will provide corporate wide procurement support for assigned commodity group(s) at the lowest cost consistent with quality and supply requirements, inventory positions, reliability of source and urgency of need. The Senior Procurement Agent will partner with business areas to provide procurement expertise and leadership in executing and preparing RFx’s, preparing bids, negotiating contracts and supporting the business in managing ongoing vendor contract performance. They will also supervise assigned personnel.Responsibilities:

Prepare bids, negotiate contracts and manage vendor contract performance for Procurement owned goods and/or services.

+ Manage vendor relationships and contracts to provide high-quality, high-value services to LLB users.

+ Establish financial goals, including income statements and budgets and ensure that goals are achieved.

+ Develop and provide regular communication to customers on contract services.

+ Manage the preparation of applicable operating and capital budgets.

+ Support and participate in Corporate Procurement initiatives and changes that are occurring.

?Lead and execute the preparation of bids and the negotiation and execution of contracts. Support the business in managing the ongoing vendor contract performance.

+ Support the business are in managing vendor relationships and contracts to provide high-quality, high-value services to LLB users.

+ Partner with the business to establish financial goals and ensure that these goals are achieved.

+ Partner with the business on ongoing communication with vendors and internal customers on contract services.

Procure goods and services in assigned commodity group(s)

+ Analyze and determine client material or service needs, solve problems, conduct tests, and ensure cost effective solutions, integrating operating systems corporate wide where appropriate. Document project activity, analysis and savings.

+ Develop material or service specifications and purchase through competitive quotations and/or negotiations.

+ Solve operational problems or meet client goals through capital equipment purchasing, including specification development, quotations/negotiations, purchase and implementation.

+ Conduct market research, interview prospective vendors, study trends, and develop new sources of supply.

+ Educate and/or train customers in the effective use of materials or services.

+ Visit vendor offices/plants to assess facilities, capacity and ability to meet quality requirements, specifications and delivery.

+ Perform value analysis of current or proposed purchases to ensure cost effectiveness and operating efficiency.

+ Establish corporate wide standards for applicable materials and services for least life cycle cost, in conjunction with the business.

+ Coordinate and execute leases as appropriate.

+ Research and present recommendations on cost savings or avoidance opportunities.

+ Assist in the development and implementation or department policies and procedures.

+ Resolve billing and delivery discrepancies with vendors and accounts payable.

+ Ensure continuity of supply on critical operating supplies and services.

+ Facilitate vendor relationships to maximize goodwill and maintain a reputation for honesty, fairness, and integrity.

+ Liquidate obsolete equipment and materials.

+ Lead and execute the RFx process for business areas, providing process and thought leadership to ensure that the lowest total cost of ownership is achieved with the appropriate level of service and quality.

Supervise personnel

+ Make employment decisions/recommendations, including hires, transfers and layoffs.

+ Establish performance objectives, assign and direct work, monitor work and appraise performance.

+ Coach and develop employees in job related skills through work assignment, direct training and regular feedback, both positive and negative.

+ Administer/recommend wages and salaries.

+ Resolve routine personnel problems following company policies and procedures.

+ Assist employees in identifying personal development needs and assessing available resources.

+ Communicate company policies and procedures.

+ Monitor and adjust staffing levels to meet work requirements.

+ Prepare, maintain and update personnel records.

+ Direct seasonal planning needs for department business.

+ Reduce work related injuries and illnesses and associated lost work time.

Health and Safety Requirement: Every employee is responsible for contributing to a safe and healthy workplace. Employees are expected to be active participants in health and safety by following all safety policies and procedures, reporting unsafe conditions or at-risk behaviors to leadership, and conducting work in a safe manner. Those in a leadership role are also expected to model safe behaviors, evaluate risk, and ensure that risks are reduced to acceptable levels.Education Level: 4-Year Bachelors DegreeYears of Experience: 5+ yearsSkills and Qualifications:

+ 5-7 years legal negotiating experience

+ BA/BS in Business/Other; MBA preferred

+ CPSM designation preferred

+ 5-7 year experience in procurement

+ 1-2 year experience in project management

+ Flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing environment

+ Self-directed and innovative

+ Solid written and verbal communication skills

+ Solid prioritization skills

+ High energy and self-motivation

+ Diplomacy and negotiation skills

+ Collaborative

+ Cross organizationally focused and aware

If you care about the outdoors, joining L.L.Bean is a great way to feel good about what you do. Our benefits package makes a good thing even better, with programs and perks designed to support your health and financial goals. Plus, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and re-charging outside are all part of the plan. Because, when it comes to the outside-we’re all in. Visit to learn more. Being outside brings out the best in us, no matter where we come from or what we believe. At L.L.Bean, we value individual differences and encourage our co-workers to be themselves – because the uniqueness of each individual makes L.L.Bean better. To view full details and how to apply, please login or create a Job Seeker account
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Job Posting: JC220579968

Posted On: Aug 07, 2022

Updated On: Oct 06, 2022