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Senior Sourcing Specialist

Job ID: 5712

Updated: May 13, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Finance/Accounting

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About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Senior Sourcing Specialist will develop and execute negotiation strategies for complex services and technology transactions, while providing seamless service to internal business partners.  This individual will work collaboratively with Finance, Technology, Risk Management, and Security Governance departments to drive efficiencies in the Firm’s sourcing and vendor contracting process.

  • Collect and synthesize data from multiple sources, ensuring accuracy and reliability in order to develop cost models for use in complex problem solving, decision making, and negotiation strategy development
  • Build relationships with internal business partners to understand their contracting needs
  • Negotiate business terms across all supplier types to minimize risk and maximize cost efficiencies
  • Use project management practices and tools to manage and report on small to multi-million-dollar projects
  • Perform market research and supplier due diligence in order to illustrate financial and capability assessments of vendors
  • Lead pricing and contract negotiations, working with primary stakeholders and legal counsel to maximize value and mitigate risk

 WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Supply Chain or Project Management within Finance or a Business related field, is required
  • 7+ years of experience in Procurement, Sourcing, and Vendor Management functions, showing progressive growth in responsibilities. 
  • Prior experience working in a law firm or professional services industry, along with advanced financial analysis and process management skills. 
  • Experience in sourcing indirect categories including technology (hardware, software licensing, electronic subscriptions), professional services, and facilities (furniture, fixtures, and equipment) is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail and the eagerness to learn and to progress within a dynamic and growing environment are imperative
  • Strong customer service and professional judgment in communications with attorneys, staff and suppliers of the Firm, including safeguarding the confidentiality of client and Firm information.

Technologies/Software

  • A working knowledge of MS Office suite with advanced analytical and Excel skills are required.
  • SpendConnect analytics and contract database software.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

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