VF Corporation IT Procurement Analyst in Greensboro, North Carolina
VF Corporation outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Dickies®, Wrangler® and Lee®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. We’re committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for our customers and shareholders.
We are a purpose-led company that seeks not only to succeed in business, but also to leverage our success and resources to make the world better. Through our brands and nearly 70,000 associates around the world, we power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We are movement makers. It’s who we are and have always been.
Powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation put us at the heart of our consumers’ lives. Many of our brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status.
While our company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.
IT Procurement Analyst: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family
This position will focus on the IT procurement and contract requirements on behalf of Global Business Technologies (GBT) and the business. This role exists to create and maintain value through internal stakeholder collaboration, supply base optimization and leverage, competitive sourcing, skilled negotiation, and effective controls and processes, thereby achieving maximum total value for VF. As such, responsibilities include negotiations, analytics, collaborating and developing sourcing strategies, and working with GBT and non-GBT partners with product evaluations and/or product requirements. Responsibilities may include transactional activities such as RFP’s, analysis of quotes, purchase orders, and invoice resolution. Affected IT categories (commodities) may include hardware, IT software, Cloud, maintenance, telecom, and IT purchased services (e.g., IT Consulting, Application Development, Application Services).
How You Will Make a Difference:
Plan, manage, and coordinate multiple category sourcing projects. Evaluate opportunities by category to ensure that the desired business results are achieved based on best total value (savings, quality, delivery, etc.)
Collaborate with GBT and the VF business coalitions in multiple regions of the world to provide strategic direction to subject matter experts (SMEs), while aligning the Indirect Procurement activities within VF to recognized procurement best practices
Compile, analyze, and present data. Serve as the team resource for all compiled coalition data. Present data in a manner from which accurate conclusions and appropriate decisions concerning the category strategy can be made.
Construct process templates for tracking results, compliance and savings for each coalition (financial, compliance, market-based, RFx, savings model, other)
Analyze, review, and finalize sourcing decisions based on RFx process outcomes, and negotiate regional/national/global agreements to ensure that the selection of suppliers meets all of VF’s requirements as determined by coalition/GBT SME’s.
Manage and track VF corporate contracts with suppliers. Serve as liaison between VF Legal and Suppliers to speed the agreement process, protect the best interests of VF, and ensure successful and timely contract completion.
Follow-up routinely to the accuracy, direction, and completion of project objectives with business owners to ensure process efficiency. Maintain open lines of communication with all concerned parties related to sourcing activities.
Perform periodic Supplier Performance Reviews to communicate actual and perceived performance issues/concerns with Suppliers
Continuously develop procurement skills and knowledge of supply base through research, due diligence, training, benchmarking, and other means.
Oversight and management of the procurement process for Global Technology Operations (GTO) equipment (hardware, hardware maintenance) and software (licensing, software maintenance). This will require strong coordination and collaboration with the lead team in Greensboro, NC USA given the global nature of the categories/commodities.
Perform other duties, as required
Skills for Success:
Years of Related Professional Experience: 3+ years
Bachelor's degree (B.A, B.S., or B.B.A.).
Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience (preferably in strategic sourcing). Prior IT strategic sourcing is a plus. Specifically, experience/knowledge in one or more of the following areas: IT purchased services, telecom, software development, IT consulting, hardware, software, and software maintenance
Prior project management background, IT background, and/or research are a plus
Experience in data analytics, data mining
Contract negotiations experience desirable (knowledge of legal terms/concepts is a plus)
Experience in developing category/commodity strategies is a plus
Comfortable in ambiguous, agile environments.
Able to influence others with the use of data to see another point of view
Self-starter – proactively pursues courses of action when opportunities present themselves without prompting from others
Strong follow-through to ensure all elements on a project are in place and functioning properly during and after implementation
Must be analytical and able to draw conclusions and make decisions with sometimes limited data
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Must be results-driven; strong negotiation skills
Able to project authority in group settings
Excellent computer skills and be proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and presentation)
Strong teamwork and collaboration skills
Strong accounting knowledge with an emphasis on P&L is desirable
Must be able to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet time sensitive deadlines
Must be detailed-oriented with excellent organizational skills and ability to work with outside counsel, suppliers, and customers on complex contract issues
Thorough understanding of business processes required to support the complexity of a global VF business.
Experience working with or maintaining processes related to P2P systems, ERP systems, etc. is a plus
Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
- Willingness to travel – approximately 25%
Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.
VF Diversity Vision Statement
VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.