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DATE ADDED: Wed 10/10/2018

Senior Sourcing Associate-Procurement

Seattle, USA


Job Description


Sr. Sourcing Associate

 Job Purpose / Summary:

The Sr. Sourcing Associate will execute intermediate and complex sourcing projects, from start to finish, including but not limited to – sourcing requests validation per client guidelines, requirements analysis for the bid packages, communicating with client requesters to close any data gaps, prepare and publish the package to the identified suppliers for bidding purposes, following up with suppliers to ensure adequate participation, and summarizing proposals back to the requestor.  

Key Responsibilities/Job Duties:

Sourcing Execution:

·         Provides sourcing services (RFP, RFI, RFQ) to our clients based on predefined service levels, managing 5-12 intermediate to complex projects simultaneously

·         Once a project request is received, assess completeness of requirements, perform due diligence and validation, follow up with the requestor to obtain further project details, answer any process related questions, and provide updates on project status 

·          Lead and execute the Denali sourcing process from start to finish, e.g., spend data collection and analysis, supply market analysis and supplier discovery if needed, RFX development, publishing and management, reverse auctions, negotiations, bid response analysis and synthesis 

·          Manage suppliers during the sourcing process, including conducting supplier orientation and training on the sourcing process, following up with suppliers on milestone activities

·         Perform in depth analysis of proposals submitted, facilitate supplier evaluations, draw conclusions, prepare comprehensive summaries, and present to the client in a concise manner

·         Create and manage reverse auctions with minimal supervision

·         Strong understanding of Denali’s Strategic Sourcing process and ability to apply concepts to various client projects (e.g. total cost of ownership, value engineering and evaluation criteria development)   

Process Improvement:

·         Develop and/or customize various templates such as RFX, pricing, and proposal evaluation

·         Identify areas of process inefficiencies and suggest improvements to management to improve efficiency and effectiveness of Denali processes

 Client and Project Management:

·         Develop and maintain comprehensive project documentation 

·          Collaborate with Client Category Managers and/or Denali SMEs on project strategy and determine sourcing approach and methodology to be applied based on the strategy


·         Develop mastery in multiple core phases of the Denali sourcing methodology and provide mentoring and training to the rest of the team members

·         Participate in peer reviews for other team member’s projects and check for quality, consistency and compliance with Denali methodology and client specific requirements 

·         Coach, transfer knowledge, and develop team members to be more effective in their current roles


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Procurement Functional/Technical Skills:

·         Strong Sourcing skills, including sourcing methodology and process, e-Sourcing technology, RFX development and management 

·         Familiarity with various best practice sourcing approaches and techniques

·         Ability to assess projects’ fit for reverse auction, setup and manage reverse auctions with minimal supervision

·         Advanced negotiation skills 

·         Ability to follow a process based on documented guidelines without supervision

·         Ability to conduct basic level spend assessment for opportunity identification

·         Ability to facilitate a total cost ownership discussion with a client team and identify total cost elements

·         Ability to handle client issues and escalations with sensitivity and diligence, eliminating a need for further escalation

·         Advanced/” Expert” Excel skills, including working knowledge of filters, sorting, pivot tables, basic formulas, advanced formatting techniques, and advance data manipulation skills 

·          Proficiency in e-Sourcing tools (at an “advanced” level (as defined by DSS, Software company, or client standards)  

Business Fundamentals:

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·         Demonstrated teamwork and team leadership capabilities

·         Excellent project management skills including project planning, time management, multitasking, critical path definition 

Client Services Capabilities:

·         Strong customer service orientation including demonstrated issue resolution and relationship management skills

·          Ability to learn and master client specific processes, terminology, political environment, systems and unique requirements by various business groups

·         Solid decision-making ability using available facts in sensitive client situations

Required Education and Experience:  

·         Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degree is preferred

·         4-8 years of related work experience with at least 3 years in procurement or sourcing

·         Deep understanding of at least two sourcing categories and a good understanding of an additional 5-10 categories (e.g. pricing structures, terminology, bidding sheet development expertise, cost structure, key vendors, etc.)

Company Description
Denali, a global sourcing and procurement solutions provider, is now a WNS (Business Process Management leader) company. Denali-A WNS Company supports Global 1000 companies by offering an array of best-in-class procurement solutions, including Category Management, Analytics, Strategic Sourcing and RFx Management, Supply Market Insights, Contracting, Supplier Management and Procure-to-Pay.

With a team of more than 2,000 procurement specialists worldwide, we have helped our clients source and procure more than USD 75 Billion worth of materials and services across direct and indirect spend categories.

Role: Senior Sourcing Associate-Procurement
Job Type:
Location: Seattle,

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