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Waste Management

Director 3rd Party Strategic Sourcing

Waste Management




Windsor, Connecticut, United States

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

I. Job Summary

The Director, Strategic Sourcing is a member of the WMSBS 3rd Party Vendor Relations Leadership Team responsible for:

  • Creating a National Network of 3rd Party Organic services that is alignment with and or fills in any GAPS in service areas and coverage of those provided by WM Local markets areas, or those provided in exclusive franchise markets.
  • Building a team and set of processes, tools, and metrics to identify, approve, and contract 3rd Party Organics Collections and or Processing across North America.
  • Managing internal and external stakeholder perceptions and understanding of the function to assure the creation, adoption and management of the services are fully aligned with the needs of WM SBS Customers and WM Local Market areas.
  • Selecting and developing people resources within the function to build a “world-class” level of capability and performance.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other minor duties may be assigned.

  • Work hand in hand with VP Vendor Relations to develop long term and annual initiative plans for Supply Chain department to achieve strategic objectives
  • Manage and own tracking and verification of key metrics and timelines. Work with and assure alignment with Corporate and Local Market Area Directors specifically engaged in the development of all Local WM Organics assets and services.
  • Identify opportunities, scope initiatives, and assign & manage teams of business analysts to execute these initiatives. Help teams develop total cost of ownership reduction and negotiation strategies. Ensure close coordination with field resources, internal customers, and supply-chain category owners.
  • Manage business analysts to perform category-specific analyses as needed; work with category owners to identify needs for such efforts, assign resources, structure the work & analysis, pressure-test the results.
  • Develop credible communications of supply-chain savings across the company; ensure clear separation between EBIT improvements vs. capital savings vs. cost avoidance.
  • Fosters and sustains collaborative relationships with Company managers and executives impacted by Procurement results.
  • Leads/coaches/develops people resources and role models effective professional behaviors at all times.
  • Demonstrates competency in setting negotiation strategies and planning for execution of same; fostering use of appropriate analytical tools by team; leading problem-solving activities with team and developing team to do the same; building credibility with other internal organizations and constructively dissenting when appropriate to push organization to pursue maximum value; communicating effectively with internal and external partner organizations.

III. Supervisory Responsibilities

The highest level of supervisory skills required in this job is the management of managerial employees. This includes:

  • Direct supervision of up to 4+ full-time employees, including
  • Indirect supervision of up to 50+ full-time employees

IV. Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • 10 or more years previous procurement experience with 5 or more directing or managing corporate or division procurement organizations. Alternatively, equivalent experience in procurement consulting services or similar analytical roles (e.g., Finance)


  • MBA from an accredited institution
  • 15 or more years of previous experience managing multiple procurement disciplines within a Fortune 200 company

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

None required, C.P.M or CPSM acknowledged

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

  • Must be a customer-focused change agent with demonstrated leadership, collaboration, communication, influencing and organization management/development skills
  • Possess environmental and sustainability experience
  • Must be a team player who can work within a matrix organization to achieve results
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and build strong relationships and facilitate changes in systems and processes to support internal and external customers; has quickly evaluated a complex system and identified problems and potential solutions
  • Ability to use software and information technology to more effectively manage and grow the function
  • Experienced in articulating the business and product strategies emphasizing the strategic importance of the various products, systems, and services
  • Demonstrated strong strategic thinking and ability to execute and implement
  • Demonstrated ability to partner and build relationships in diverse businesses
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead cross-functional teams to results
  • Possess strong financial acumen and operational expertise

V. Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.) most of the workday.
  • Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds rarely.
  • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) rarely.
  • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements rarely.
  • Normal setting for this job is an office setting.

At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

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