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Strategic Sourcing Manager - Avendra (remote)

Rockville, MD

  • Corporate & Field Support

  • Salaried

Job Description

We are seeking a Strategic Sourcing Manager to support the Rooms Amenities team. This position is responsible for managing supplier relationships and contracts and supporting customer programs. 


Leveraging best practices and sound processes, the Manager will actively plan and then execute initiatives that result in successful contracts that satisfy customer needs and generate value and/or cost savings. This may also require good business judgment to adjust the process in order to deliver a successful contract in an efficient manner.


The Manager will collaborate with the larger Rooms Amenities team to support the overall category strategy and will oversee a selection of contracts as assigned for which s/he will ensure the supplier meets their contractual commitments, that customers’ needs are being met, and ensure the contracts remain competitive with market changes.


The Manager will collaborate with the Account Management team and other internal stakeholders in the successful implementation of contracts and projects that support category growth and Avendra’s customers. Additionally, the Manager may interact directly with customers, including senior leadership positions, on high visibility projects, which will require a strong customer service mindset and ability to develop a relationship as a “trusted consultant”. 

Position Reports to Amenities Director

Job Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Author Initiative Strategy Worksheets (ISWs) by thoughtfully planning initiatives; manages annual plan by creating realistic timelines and meeting milestones, communicates initiative status; leads effective supplier negotiation and pricing strategy development efforts which integrates Avendra's principles and value proposition.
  • Collect, organize, and analyze purchasing data to identify areas of opportunities and measure contract and program successes, and then summarize findings and recommended actions for variety of stakeholders.
  • Implements all aspects of client development teams for initiatives, i.e., identify the correct participants, solicit input at the appropriate times, run meetings, etc.
  • Manage Business Ownership activity for his/her portfolio of contracts and categories.
  • Build and maintain supplier relationships; hold suppliers accountable to deliver contractual commitments.
  • Communicate effectively with internal stakeholders on Sourcing activities and projects.
  • Make presentations to internal and external teams and suppliers.
  • Strong focus on delivering customer savings and enterprise value.
  • Include a thorough understanding of Avendra’s customer target markets, including current and potential customers.  

Secondary Responsibilities   

  • Ensure team collaborates with internal departments, clients and suppliers to maximize the success of all contracts
  • Ensure team is responsive to contract ownership issues, e.g., address competitive issues within categories, pricing strategies, allowances, supplier performance, innovation, etc.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders that will help team complete their job
  • Collaborate with Business Ownership colleagues to improve performance of Avendra’s contracts and promote the use of available Business Ownership Tools.
  • Ensure team is responsive to client requests, as appropriate

Primary Competencies  

  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Problem Solving & Analytical Skills
  • Quality & Continuous Improvement
  • Decision Making
  • Negotiation
  • Results Orientation


Other Duties:  Please note this role description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Work Environment:  This job operates in an office setting.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets and fax machines. 


Physical Demands: This is largely a sedentary role with some light lifting of files possibly needed. 


Role Requirements 

  • Technical sourcing knowledge; strong negotiations skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written/verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Strong project management capabilities
  • Strong analytical thinking that leads to objective, fact-based decision making
  • Ability to develop category and product knowledge in areas in which no or limited experience
  • Ability to develop a contract that meets clients’ business needs
  • Ability to build strong relationships at all levels within Avendra, Clients, and with Suppliers


Overnight Travel Requirements:   Type: All modes of transportation, percentage 10-25%, length: 1-2 nights 


Years of Relevant Experience:   5-8 years of experience-hospitality experience preferred but not required


Education Requirements:   BS/BA in relevant field or equivalent years' experience. 


About Aramark

Our Mission

Rooted in service and united by our purpose, we strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and our planet.

At Aramark, we believe that every employee should enjoy equal employment opportunity and be free to participate in all aspects of the company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by applicable law.

About Aramark

The people of Aramark proudly serve millions of guests every day through food and facilities in 15 countries around the world. Rooted in service and united by our purpose, we strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and our planet. We believe a career should develop your talents, fuel your passions, and empower your professional growth. So, no matter what you're pursuing - a new challenge, a sense of belonging, or just a great place to work - our focus is helping you reach your full potential. Learn more about working here at or connect with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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