Lead Sourcing Specialist - Direct Materials 90296112 - Philadelphia or Washington, DC

Date: Aug 30, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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This position has the ability to be located in Washington, DC or Philadelphia, PA pending candidate location and preference. 


This senior level position is accountable for cost-effective life-cycle management (strategic sourcing, contracting and supplier relationship management) of highly complex and possibly critical or strategic commercial categories or groups of categories and associated subcontracting where applicable.  Responsible for managing key commercial relationships; developing and implementing subcontracting types and strategies; seeking out qualified supplier firms, performing subcontractor qualifications; negotiations, award and administration of engineering or construction contracts within the appropriate ERP and related systems. This position applies knowledge of the ERP system and in Federal and other Procurement Regulations and negotiates complex terms and conditions associated and identifies potentials risks with assigned Purchase Orders or Contracts and seeks guidance from management-level Procurement personnel or the Law Department. This position may be assigned to analyze commercial data to identify target categories to recommend for strategy development.



•  Provides strategic sourcing for Direct Spend MRO Materials for both inventory and non-inventory for Amtrak business units, including leading strategic sourcing initiatives, solicitation, negotiating contracts, and management of the resulting follow up on commercial activity and relationships.

•    Serves as a vital interface to business units of all levels for assigned commercial category on a regular basis and maintains the appropriate service levels such as sourcing project cycle time and as a recognized source of expertise for the sourcing function.
•    Executes strategic sourcing projects and manage category life-cycle using the Amtrak Sourcing Management Process, including advanced level sourcing tools and team building skills, and applicable ERP and other systems to obtain the best commercial solutions for Amtrak in view of total Cost of Ownership and the applicable regulatory, grant and other flow down requirements
•  Leads or coordinates with IT, Accounts Payable, Procurement Management, and/or other Procurement/Supply Chain functions to find the best practices on utilizing the ERP system for specific commodity needs as well as Essential Functions. Strategically identifies root causes and opportunities to enhance the system or improve business processes to result in long-term impact to the company.
•    Responsible for pre-award activities & post award administration, including chairing pre-bid and category kickoff meetings, risk analysis, negotiating terms and conditions, payment terms, liquidated damages and incentive fees.  Also, performs post-award cost analysis, evaluations, and change and claim management

•    Negotiates complex contracts involving variable costs structures and non-standard Terms and Conditions; interacts with customers both internal and external to provide a high level of collaboration; and assists business units in finalizing Statements of Work from a commercial perspective. Prepares and administers Purchase Orders and contracts that are financially and legally sound to ensure enforcement of contractual requirements and Amtrak’s policies and procedures in concert with Federal Procurement Regulations and/or the Uniform Commercial Code whichever is applicable.
•    Maintains and manages suppliers with focus on total cost improvements while maintaining the highest code of ethics and conduct.
•    Partners with other Procurement and Logistics functions including Planning, Procurement, Business Improvement, and Material Control. Actively looks for opportunities to collaborate on process improvement and provide analytical support as needed.
•    As required, creates and administers training to stakeholders, suppliers, or other Procurement personnel. Assists Procurement management in developing reports and metrics related to Procurement performance.


•    BS in Business Administration, Procurement/Supply Chain, Operations Management or related field plus 6 years of relevant experience. Or, a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
•    Must possess knowledge of source-to-settle of procure-to-pay processes, sourcing management processes, types of procurement contracts, commodity pricing, quality standards, sources of supply (including diversity suppliers), statements of work, negotiation techniques, value analysis and other cost savings methods.
•   Knowledge of the category including rate trends, multipliers, market trends, quality standards, and supplier sources (including minority firms)..
•    Proven track record of SME-level in Sourcing Management Processes or project management, ERP systems and leadership in improving business processes and delivering measurable results. Experience in developing metrics and reporting associated with procurement performance.
•    Ability to analyze and execute strategic options and their direct potentials and indirect impact on the organization.

•    Ability to effectively use common tools such as Microsoft Excel to perform such analyses including the use of intermediate to advanced functions. 
•    Must be able to work and communicate effectively in writing and verbally with all levels of the company and suppliers. Able to develop and deliver presentations using common tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint.


•    8 years of relevant experience
•    Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or a degree (or advanced degree) in the applicable category.
•    High level of experience in categories related to professional services, market expertise and extensive supplier management skills.
•    Extensive project management and process improvement leadership experience.
•    Experience in SAP/Ariba
•    Experience in Federal Procurement Regulations, such as FAR or 2CFR200. 


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:64041
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Supply Chain & Logistics 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.   All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing.  Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions.   If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.
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