ARAMARK Strategic Sourcing Manager (Textiles/Linen) - Avendra in Rockville, Maryland


Avendra, voted a 2017 top workplace in the Washington DC area by the Washington Post, is the leading supply chain and procurement services provider in the hospitality industry. We leverage the purchasing volume of our customers to create significant buying power, and consequently, the ability to negotiate the best possible deals with key suppliers. But that is only one part of why we are the best at what we do. We differentiate ourselves from our competitors with supply chain assurance, which helps control the integrity of products and services, customer support and innovation. Our smart, professional, and ambitious team of associates is why we are the industry leader. If you are looking for a collaborative work environment, continuous career development, and a healthy work-life balance, Avendra is the place for you.


Position Summary:

We are seeking a Strategic Sourcing Manager for our textiles and linen categories. The Manager is responsible for the planning and execution of contracting initiatives that result in successful contracts that support the needs of our customers. The Manager will develop a plan to conduct the initiative that leverages best practices and sound processes. Also, the role requires judgment to adjust the process to enable creating a successful contract in an efficient manner. Additionally, the Manager will oversee a portfolio of contracts in which s/he will ensure the supplier meets their contract commitments and that customers’ needs are being met.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Author Initiative Strategy Worksheets (ISWs) by thoughtfully planning initiatives; manages annual plan by creating realistic timelines and meeting milestones, communicates initiative status; leads effective supplier negotiation and pricing strategy development efforts which integrates Avendra's principles and value proposition

  • Implements all aspects of client Development teams for initiatives, i.e., identify the correct participants, solicit input at the appropriate times, run meetings, etc.

  • Lead Business Ownership activity for his/her portfolio of contracts

  • Build and maintain supplier relationships; hold suppliers accountable to deliver contractual commitments


Role Requirements:

  • Knowledge of selected categories or ability to develop knowledge of new categories

  • Solid business judgment

  • Strong technical sourcing process knowledge

  • Ability to conduct analysis required during a sourcing initiative

  • Excellent written/verbal communication and presentation skills

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Ability to build strong relationships with suppliers

  • Ability to perform analysis and interpret results into actionable steps

  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives at once

  • Strong attention to detail and process orientation

  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Years of Relevant Experience:

  • 5-10 years of experience in business management (operational or management consulting) with an understanding of procurement, contracting, supply chain optimization and/or category management

Education Requirements:

  • BS/BA in relevant field or equivalent years' experience with education in supply chain, business, economics or related field highly desired

Aramark is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran