Manage the companys purchasing function, which includes developing and implementing a purchasing strategy to achieve cost and supplier reductions, selecting vendors, negotiating prices & contracts, and ensuring proper distribution of supplies, services and equipment throughout the company. A significant focus will be on IT related purchasing (hardware, software and services).
Work with all departments to develop sourcing plan and effectively develop and negotiate contracts and agreements.
Ensure contracts contain sufficient language to minimize risks and maximize quality of deliverables and services.
Identify opportunities for delivering incremental value (savings, cost avoidance and other value adds).
Build and manage vendor relationships and performance to meet business requirements.
Develop plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities. Assesses feasibility of proposals and act as liaison between vendors and the business.
Apply cost management techniques to achieve cost reductions and cost containment, without compromising on quality of service.
Acts as functional expert for the development and negotiation of complex purchasing contracts. Provides contracting expertise as needed across the business.
Experience and Skills:
Minimum of 5+ years of experience in a combination of IT procurement / sourcing and strategy
Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, operations research, materials management, economics or related field
Experience in employing strategic sourcing methodologies
Experience in contract negotiations involving technology purchases
Knowledge of industry practices and knowledge of best practices in procurement category management, supply chain, and purchasing systems
Ability to communicate effectively with various levels within the organization, including presenting to executive levels.
Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.
435 Eriksen Avenue
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110