Sr. Director, Indirect Procurement

GENERAL PURPOSE:

Ross Stores, Inc. is the fast-growing off-price retailer that can’t be missed. We’re taking the off-price retail industry by storm by delivering the best branded bargains to our customers across the nation. You will be part of making that happen.

The Senior Director of Purchasing will be expected to hit the ground running, by focusing on all areas of the business. This includes on-going store support (across both the Ross and dd’s brands), distribution centers (DCs), and various corporate and buying offices across the country.

The ideal candidate must have a strong background in retail and finance. Additionally, this candidate will have experience buying and negotiating indirect supplies, budget and forecasting management, 5-year financial planning and supply chain exposure. To be successful, the Senior Director, Purchasing needs to closely partner with several stakeholders (both peers and executive leaders) across the company and manage a dynamic team As the company continues to grow, the position will need to lead supplier management for critical vendors, leverage spend, engage in best practices and ensure that Ross maximizes on value. The role will also require exceptional financial acumen, specifically with budgets, forecasts and on-going strategic plans that must be realized into actionable outcomes.
Strong project management and communication skills are a must. The candidate will also need an entrepreneurial mindset with the ability to identify and create opportunities. We expect the Senior Director to hit the ground running, engaging the team, while also focusing on elevating the team, and to build a best-in-class procurement organization. The Senior Director will report to the Vice President, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Manage the Indirect Procurement and Financial Processes:
  • Own and manage the Coupa procure-to-pay system, Oracle PeopleSoft (Procurement) and other systems & tools
  • Demand planning for all items/SKUs that are purchased – provide thoughtful and intelligent guidance to the team for all purchases
  • Maintain SOX and Purchase Order compliance controls for all transactions and workflows
  • Establish buying policies, best practices, performance scorecards, and relationship & risk management
  • Communicate with business partners, stores and distribution centers on an ongoing basis regarding supplies needs
  • Manage the delivery to all new stores on time and to budget
Source Indirect Categories
  • Conduct and/or support sourcing events (negotiations/bidding/auctions)
  • Lead contracting (drafting, redlining, signature process)
  • Identify broader cost reduction opportunities
  • Create annual savings over the current cost base
Manage Budgeting and Forecasting:
  • Create and manage annual company supply budgets; effectively track, forecast and adjust based on company sales trends
  • Daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly financial forecasting, reviewing and analysis – with critical thinking to support dynamic shifts
  • Drive cost savings in partnership with the Strategic Sourcing department
  • Submit all budgets and monthly financials; error free, meeting all published deadlines
COMPETENCIES:
  • Analysis & Judgement
  • Drive Results
  • Business Acumen
  • Technical Competence
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Influence
  • People Management
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • BA or BS in Business Management, Supply Chain, Engineering, Operations, or related field.
  • A master's degree (MBA, MA, M. Eng) is a plus.
  • 12 years of work experience in procurement, supply chain, etc.
  • Adept at financial modeling, proficient in P&L management, strategic thinking and the ability to influence on multiple levels of the organization.
  • Communication and collaboration skills with the proven ability to influence.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and issues with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Transformative change management skills and a high degree of self-awareness to work with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, especially in front of an executive audience.
  • Highly organized, strong attention to detail, and ability to balance several challenging projects concurrently.
  • Expert level understanding in spend management, procurement best practices and business systems (ERP/MRP/WMS systems).
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/ADA:

Job requires ability to work in an office environment, primarily on a computer.
Requires sitting, standing, walking, hearing, talking on the telephone, attending in-person meetings, typing, and working with paper/files, etc.
Consistent timeliness and regular attendance.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Senior Manager, Purchasing (Existing stores, Distribution Centers, Loss Prevention)
Manager, Purchasing (New stores, Operational Projects)


DISCLAIMER:

This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management’s discretion. Ross Stores, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.