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Strategic Sourcing Manager HR - APAC

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Date: Apr 29, 2019

Location: Shanghai, China, CN

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 31842


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Builds and maintains a robust understanding of the client’s business strategy, key drivers and current issues to inform the development of product/service implementation strategies that will meet client needs, and which reflect external market trends, competition considerations, macro-economic factors and Corning’s strategic direction.
  • Develops and/or assists with Strategic Sourcing plans and objectives (short & long term) based on forecasts of future demand and taking into account economic and currency trends and conditions that affect GSM, the business, and the global commodity sourced.
  • Leads the end-to-end execution and supports the development of Category-based sourcing processes for assessing and fulfilling current and future sourcing needs.
  • Manages or supports sourcing activities across strategic and operational projects.
  • Liaises with regional internal clients & identifies specific sourcing projects/initiatives for the year including expected savings, resource requirements and associated timescales for completion.
  • Focuses on rationalizing the vendor base for a sub category and/or region whilst fostering supplier development through supporting the building of a world class internal vendor management capability.
  • Executes strategies to extract supply-side savings and manage demand-side consumption in order to lower Corning’s Total Cost of Ownership for external spend as it relates to the specified category.
  • Collaborates with colleagues and influences activities to achieve positive outcomes in the interests of the wider Corning business.
  • Reports and highlights operational, regulatory and other risks to the Global Category Manager. Takes ownership for sourcing issues and actively participates in their resolution.
  • Actively supports knowledge management. Continually scans the category and industry environment to gather insights, develops knowledge artifacts and shares with key stakeholders and colleagues.
  • Owns the Supplier Relationship Management process for the assigned sub-categories.
  • Champions and advocates for the Global Buying Policy.  Ensures compliance.

Technical / Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a similar role
  • Experience in managing complex sourcing projects, ideally in HR Category
  • Strong experience in commercial and contractual negotiations, driving contracts to signature, assuring legal and compliance alignments with corporate control functions.
  • Strong experience in the category managed.
  • Ability to politely disagree with pre-defined strategies and to propose convincing alternatives.
  • Optimist and self-organized with a solid “Can-Do” Attitude
  • Strategic Thinker as well as an “executer” with emphasis on getting things done in right quality and on time.
  • Successful, multi-year track record in a sourcing or a Category management organization
  • Strong team player, able to work in virtual, global teams in a dual reporting matrix organization
  • Excellent relationship management, analytical, problem solving, financial management, strategic agility, communication, influencing and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written/verbal for contract negotiations)
  • High energy, flexible and with the ability to work in a fast-paced and global business environment

Required Skills:

  • Fluent in English
  • Excellent cross-cultural and communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Excellent relationship building capability
  • Strong analytical and evaluation skills
  • High integrity
  • Experience in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, highly matrix environment

Desired Skills:

  • Procurement background (strategic sourcing) with experience in sourcing HR
    • Recruitment
    • Contingent Labor
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Learning & Development
  • Knowledge of Ariba and/or PeopleSoft
  • Knowledge of Fieldglass or any other VMS system

Required experience / education:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Advanced knowledge in Category Management
  • Experience in manufacturing – operations, planning, engineering, supply management, or procurement.


Employee Referral Level: 3