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Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing (Software)
atĀ OpenAI
5 months ago | 507 views | Be the first one to apply

Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing (Software)

San Francisco
Per year
$225,000 To $270,000

About the company

OpenAIā€™s mission is to ensure that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. Our Communications team is composed of PR/Media Relations, Events, Design, and other external-facing functions. The teamā€™s ethos is to support OpenAI's mission and goals by clearly and authentically explaining our technology, values, and approach to safely building powerful AI. The Events team is a dynamic group dedicated to crafting extraordinary experiences that encompass our company's values and mission. Our team is driven by a passion for bringing people together to connect in meaningful ways.

Job Summary

In this role, you will:

šŸ“Devise and implement a comprehensive strategy for our software procurementā€”particularly cloud servicesā€”aligning with OpenAIā€™s broader financial, operational, and technology objectives. šŸ“Oversee the development and execution of category strategies, promoting a proactive approach to understanding internal stakeholdersā€™ procurement needs and ensuring timely and effective sourcing solutions. šŸ“Own the strategic sourcing process for key software spend areas, ensuring a streamlined approach for managing RFPs and vendor selection. šŸ“Engage with internal customers across various departments, understand their procurement needs, and ensure a streamlined procurement request and approval process to improve operational efficiency and fiscal discipline within OpenAI. šŸ“Support the continuous improvement process by taking ownership of supplier performance metrics, ensuring thorough and timely evaluations to enhance supplier quality and performance. šŸ“Manage and optimize our sourcing systems, ensuring seamless procurement operations and data-driven decision-making. šŸ“Take a hands-on role in managing key supplier relationships, including contract negotiations and performance evaluations, to ensure alignment with šŸ“OpenAIā€™s financial policies and procedures. Lead reporting and analytics initiatives within the software procurement domain, generating insightful reports and dashboards to monitor performance, identify trends, and support data-driven decision-making aligned with OpenAI's financial and operational goals. šŸ“Hire and lead a team of category specialists, fostering a collaborative and high-performing team environment.

Weā€™re looking for a blend of:

šŸ“Strong Category Experience: 10+ years of experience in technology procurement, with a strong focus on cloud services at fast-growing technology companies. šŸ“Technical Credibility: Proven ability to engage credibly with engineering teams, leveraging your technical background to understand their needs and challenges. šŸ“People Management: Experience in managing and leading teams, with the ability to hire, mentor, and develop a high-performing team of category managers and specialists. šŸ“Relationship Management: Strong skills in managing relationships with key suppliers, negotiating contracts, and working closely with internal stakeholders to understand and address their procurement needs. šŸ“Negotiation Mastery: Demonstrated excellence in negotiating contracts and terms with vendors, ensuring favorable outcomes for OpenAI (e.g. custom contracts, unique terms) while maintaining strong supplier relationships. šŸ“Strategic Insight: Ability to develop and implement robust procurement strategies that align with OpenAI's broader financial and operational objectives, ensuring cost-effectiveness and risk management in software spend areas. šŸ“Analytical Capability: Aptitude for leading reporting and analytics initiatives, generating insightful data to monitor performance, identify trends, and support informed decision-making. šŸ“Collaborative Engagement: Ability to collaborate effectively with various internal departments as well as Legal and Security teams to ensure compliance and timely vendor assessments. šŸ“Proactive Leadership: A proactive approach in engaging with internal departments, refining the procurement function, and contributing significantly to operational efficiency and fiscal discipline within OpenAI. šŸ“Mission-Driven Focus: An understanding and commitment to supporting OpenAIā€™s ambitious projects and long-term mission of ensuring that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity, through strategic procurement practices.

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