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Plans, manages, and assumes complete responsibility for contracting related activities and processes associated with the acquisition of moderate -higher value / moderate - higher risk materials and/or services to support the operational needs of the Company. Prepares contract-related documents; recommends contract awards; develops supplier proposals criteria and evaluation tools; evaluates supplier proposals; negotiates contracts; drafts contracts; interfaces with all levels of internal and external clients; leads and participates on cross-functional teams; establishes and maintains favorable supplier relationships; establishes contract attributes, remedies, and options; drafts special contract language; leads and identifies supplier alliance opportunities; resolves conflict between suppliers and company; mentors lower level contracting agents and support staff. Manages entire purchasing process for moderate - higher value / moderate - higher risk and moderately complex materials and/or services. Assists client in developing requirements and scope of work documentation. Writes and manages solicitation documents. Coordinates proposal evaluations. Recommends contract awards. Writes purchase documents. Evaluates supplier qualifications. Identifies alternative suppliers. Negotiates purchase agreements. Works closely with internal support organizations including Law Department, Accounts Payable, and Risk Management. Documents entire purchasing process. Develops and manages supplier alliance opportunities. Resolves conflict between suppliers and company.*Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships within teams and suppliers to optimize Total Cost of Ownership; assists clients with the development of specifications, requirements and scopes of work; identifies opportunities for greater use of industry specifications, identifies alternate service applications, and secures reliable, cost effective sources for moderate - higher value / moderate-higher risk materials and/or service.* Meets with internal clients on a regular basis to understand client needs and to strengthen client relationships.Assists with development and implementation of purchasing strategies for moderate - higher value / moderate - higher risk materials and/or services that meet company requirements. Maintains emphasis on reliable and efficient suppliers, lowest overall cost, optimum quality and availability, and significant contribution to the Supplier Diversity (WMDVBE) goals.*Leads special projects as directed by Portfolio Manager to identify and implement cost saving programs. Works on cross-functional teams to develop strategies to add value through Supply Management lead projects. Trains clients in formal training settings and informally through ongoing contact in proper contract management and administration principles.* Ensures client compliance with appropriate Procurement, Ethical Behavior, and Accounting policies*Mentors lower level Contracting Agents and support staff.*Maintains records to demonstrate that proper protocol was followed in the sourcing and contracting processes and in the implementation of the supplier relationship.
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