Procurement Manager

Chicago, Illinois, USA Finance Full-time
Cision Ltd is a leading global provider of innovative earned media software and services to public relations and marketing communications professionals. Cision’s Communications Cloud platform allows users to identify key influencers, craft and distribute strategic content, and measure meaningful impact of PR and Communications Teams’ campaigns. Cision has over 4,500 employees with offices in 23 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. For more information about our products and services, visit and follow us on Twitter @Cision.
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This position will develop and manage tailored sourcing strategies along key verticals, categories, or vendors by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to drive cost savings, improve business processes, and reduce risk across Cision globally. 

The Procurement Manager will work closely with Finance/Accounting, Legal, and key business owners to provide sourcing leadership, including: strategic sourcing, category management, vendor selection, contract management, commercial escalation resolution, vendor governance/onboarding, and ongoing improvements to system integration and process efficiency.  

This Procurement Manager position is instrumental in Cision’s overall strategy to provide to drive savings, compliance, and process standardization across the company. 

Responsibilities & Duties: 

  • Manage and drive the supplier sourcing across the supply base, including scope development, the RFP process and supplier selection evaluations. 
  • Assess supplier capabilities to meet product, cost, quality, capacity and fulfillment 
  • Track and report key metrics around vendor data, cost reduction, & spend management 
  • Collaborate with suppliers, functional business owners, and the Legal/Infosec/Privacy teams to contractualize the commercial relationship  
  • Work with Legal team to oversee the contract lifecycle for key agreements and categories 
  • Where applicable, perform risk management for key suppliers and agreements 
  • Interface with internal teams to prioritize supplier development needs by technology to improve cost competitiveness or supply constraints 
  • Research external market information and companies to identify potential sources and suppliers 
  • Drive supplier selection through robust qualification and evaluation processes 
  • Develop categorical framework  
  • For key suppliers, develop and oversee supplier governance and key performance indicators (QBRs, scorecards, etc) to facilitate and develop the supply base’s ability to consistently meet or exceed defined expectations and to deliver value. 
  • Work with business stakeholders and vendors to develop cost models and financial analysis to support vendor selection activities  
  • Provide leadership around sourcing and development of suppliers with respect to technology, performance, quality, cost, logistics and delivery 
  • Coordinate escalation path between Cision and Supplier to ensure ongoing performance & relationship management  
  • Where possible, support the business by performing cost build-ups, market analysis, or historical spend analysis 

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Supply Chain Management required. MBA in business discipline is preferred. 
  • Experience: 5+ years of procurement across indirect categories and/or within the PR distribution industry.  
  • Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Certifications 
  • Strong leadership and problem-solving skills with track record to meet deliverables and project deadlines. 
  • Lean/Six Sigma trained. (e.g. Green Belt, Black Belt, Master Black Belt) 
  • Vast experience with cross functional management and teams 
  • Experience across ERP/MRP/CLM systems. 
  • Strong negotiations and influential skills. 
  • Numerically astute with strong problem-solving skills and expertise to develop and execute objectives for self and others and the ability to effect short-term and some long-term business goals 
  • Persuasive and excellent communicator (oral and written) with suppliers and company top management. 
  • Strong strategic and analytical thinker. Ability to turn raw data into actionable insights and direction. 
  • Competency in Microsoft Office with high ability in Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Experience in Sourcing or Procurement-related roles 
  • Experience in developing and implementing vendor qualification 
  • Commercial and financial acumen 
  • Report and Procedure writing with excellent presentation skills 
  • Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment 
  • Ability and willingness to travel 10-30% 

Cision is committed to building an environment where all employees are set up to thrive and reach their full potential. We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is vital to driving our culture, sparking innovation and achieving long-term success. Cision is proud to have joined more than 600 companies in signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
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