VP, Indirect Procurement

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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 Vice President of Indirect Procurement will be expected to provide support to our existing and new stores (across both the Ross and dd's brands), distribution centers (DCs), and various corporate and buying offices across the country, while also introducing and implementing best practices and process improvements to a growing team supporting a growing business.

The ideal candidate must have a strong background in indirect procurement, retail, and finance. This candidate will have experience buying and negotiating indirect supplies, budget and forecasting management, 5-year financial planning and leading a team. To be successful, the Vice President of Indirect Procurement 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, diversify the vendor base to reduce risk, and ensure that Ross maximizes on value. The role requires exceptional financial acumen, specifically with budgets, forecasts and on-going strategic plans that must be realized into actionable outcomes.

Strong project management, outstanding problem-solving skills, 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 Vice President to hit the ground running, engaging the team, while also looking for ways to increase spend under management, drive accelerated value creation, and build internal capabilities to support business requirements. The Vice President will report to the Senior Vice President, Indirect 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
  • Manage 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 the ongoing performance of our suppliers including setting objectives and service level agreements (SLAs) tracking, reporting performance, and leading continuous improvement efforts

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.
This role requires regular in-office presence, including to engage in in-person team interaction, meetings and collaboration, client support, mentoring, coaching, and/or feedback. However, this role can perform duties effectively using a combination of in-office and remote work.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Director, Indirect Procurement (Existing stores, Loss Prevention)
Director, Indirect Procurement (Distribution Centers)
Manager, Indirect Procurement (Budget, New stores)

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.

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