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Senior Contract Management

Date: May 25, 2019

Location: Southlake, TX, US, 76092-2103

Company: Sabre

Req ID: 47113

Job Family: Finance/Accounting


Sabre is the global leader in innovative technology that leads the travel industry. We are always looking for bright and driven people who have a penchant for technology and want to hone their skills. If you are interested in challenging work, being part of a global team, and solving complex problems through technology, business intelligence and analytics, and Agile practices - then Sabre is right for you! It is our people who develop and deliver powerful solutions that meet the current and future needs for our airline, hotel, and travel agency customers.

Job Description

Senior, Category Management, USA

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for planning, development, execution and management of category sourcing plans/activities for the sourcing and procurement of services from third parties.
  • Performs spend analysis for various services-related categories and identifies sourcing opportunities.  Develops and executes category plans (global as well as country specific) using strategic sourcing methodologies.
  • Manages key vendor relationships and activities in assigned spend categories.
  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with internal customers and key suppliers. Leads cross-enterprise sourcing activities. Questions conventional thinking and norms and provides alternatives that can improve outcomes. Provides category expertise to BUs to influence sourcing strategies, supplier selections and sourcing decisions. Drives change management to achieve category management objectives.
  • Drives cost savings and risk mitigation in sourcing related activities.
  • Leads commercial negotiations to obtain optimal outcomes and works with Contracts Team and Legal to review and finalize contracts. Gain consensus on acceptable risk levels and contract language with all stakeholders including Legal, Risk, Business Unit leadership and others.

Other responsibilities:

Responsible for providing category and contractual context and information in response to queries from internal customers.  Works with Procurement Operations to utilize procurement tools and processes as well as provides constructive feedback and participation to improve processes and tools. Has accountability for plans and deadlines. Tracks savings. Escalates issues as and when necessary/appropriate to overcome obstacles. Integrates and works closely with all procurement team members to present a consistent unified procurement function to internal stakeholders and suppliers.  Gathers, monitors, interprets and leverages market intelligence data. Coordinates the RFP/bid process including, pre-bid/proposal meetings, walk-throughs, bid openings, bid tabulation and bid reviews. Compiles and analyzes spend data and industry dynamics from multiple sources to support sourcing initiatives. Identifies key risks and timing issues for each negotiation. Ensures scope of work accurately reflect the materials and/or services being sourced with relevant service levels.  Drives rationalization/standardization of processes, goods and services throughout the global enterprise.  Builds cost/evaluation spreadsheets in Excel to facilitate discussions and decisions. 

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management or related discipline is required. Masters degree in Business, Supply Chain management or related discipline preferred.

Experience / specific knowledge:

  • 5+ years of experience in strategic sourcing and/or, category management discipline or projects. 
  • Knowledge of procurement and contract management processes.
  • Experience in management consulting on sourcing advisory projects would be a plus.  
  • Ability to take large amounts of data from multiple sources and perform analysis in Excel or Access. 
  • Ability to review, interpret, write, edit and finalize contracts, strong knowledge of procurement contract constructs and clauses.
  • Experience with commercial transactions and negotiation.
  • Ability to influence business decisions and procedures.
  • Must be self-directed, take initiative, and be an out-of-the-box thinker.
  • Must have strong communication (written and verbal), organization, problem-solving and interpersonal skills with the ability to work with all levels of management and employees.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and Power Point.  Knowledge of SharePoint, ERP, Contract Management/Purchasing P2P Systems. (SAP and Ariba preferred).

Working conditions: International travel may be required on rare occasions.


Reasonable Accommodation

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Affirmative Action

Sabre is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. EEO IS THE LAW


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