Kemper is adding to staff and seeking a Procurement Director. The primary purpose of the Procurement Director role is to provide procurement expertise and assist stakeholders to plan, develop, source and manage procurement arrangements to effectively meet organizational and business objectives. This role will lead a team of procurement professionals in enhancing the services provided to Kemper Companies. The role will work closely with Legal and Finance teams on developing, streamlining and implementing an end to end procurement process and enabling within a modernized tool set. This highly visible position interfaces with all levels of the organization and impacts the entire company.
Validate stakeholder business needs, compile and source market information, and assist in analyzing markets and assessing risk to inform procurement planning and sourcing decisions
Enhance procurement strategic planning based on company current and future needs
Conduct sourcing activities in accordance with established policies and procedures to meet business needs and participate in negotiations to establish and review supply arrangements that will deliver value for money procurement outcomes
Implement and contribute to the development of contract management plans, resolve issues, monitor performance and negotiate contract variations through effective supplier relationships to enhance business outcomes
Provide advice, information and guidance on procurement related matters to staff across the agency to provide governance and support good practice in procurement
Identify, mitigate and escalate procurement risks to enable the organization to meet its obligations and maximize business opportunities
Maintain and update procurement records and generate reports on procurement and contract activity to meet organizational compliance requirements and provide access to procurement information
Keeping up to date with procurement policy, processes and legislation and building knowledge of the business and supplier markets, given the rate of change in these areas
Continually review procurement processes and enhance as necessary based on business needs.
10 years of experience in procurement with at least 3 years of prior procurement management experience.
Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain or related field. CPM or other formal Supply Chain designation preferred.
Proven experience and deep knowledge in Procurement and Sourcing field.
Prior procurement experience with insurance or financial services industry preferred.
Demonstrated collaboration experience working with cross-functional teams and executives.
Highly developed proficiency in sourcing and development of processes.
Advanced negotiation skills.
Deep knowledge of the strategic sourcing, procurement lifecycle and procurement best practices and methods.
Proven experience in transforming and leading company Procurement teams
Strong communication skills and ability to talk to all levels of the company
Advanced negotiation skills both internal and external with vendors to achieve desired outcomes
Passion and proven Leadership skills managing teams
Our employees enjoy great benefits:
Qualify for your choice of health and dental plans within your first month.
Save for your future with robust 401(k) match, Health Spending Accounts and various retirement plans.
Learn and Grow with our Tuition Assistance Program, paid certifications and continuing education programs.
Contribute to your community through United Way and volunteer programs.
Balance your life with generous paid time off and business casual dress.
Protect what you love with discounts on home and auto insurance products.
Get employee discounts for shopping, dining and travel through Kemper Perks.
Kemper at a glance
With $11 billion in assets, Kemper is one of the nation's leading insurers. The Kemper family of companies specializes in auto, home, life, health and valuables insurance products for individuals, families and businesses.
Kemper's underwriting companies* are rated A- (Excellent) and Infinity Property & Casualty is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, the leading insurance industry rating authority. Kemper companies service seven million policies and rank among the top 25 personal lines property and casualty writers and the 2016 Ward's 50 Top Performers list of life insurance companies.
We value diversity and strive to be an employer of choice. An Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V
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