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Lumen Lead Procurement Manager in Topeka, Kansas

About Lumen

Lumen connects the world. We are igniting business growth by connecting people, data and applications – quickly, securely, and effortlessly. Together, we are building a culture and company from the people up – committed to teamwork, trust and transparency. People power progress.

Lumen’s commitment to workplace inclusion and employee support shines bright. We’ve made the Newsweek 2024 Greatest Workplaces for Diversity list and achieved a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fifth consecutive year. Plus, we’re the top employer in the communications and telecom industry, ranking 12th overall across all industries in The American Opportunity Index.

We’re looking for top-tier talent and offer the flexibility you need to thrive and deliver lasting impact. Join us as we digitally connect the world and shape the future.

The Role

As a Lumen Lead Procurement Manager, you will be responsible for managing the most highly complex and significant vendor agreements and relationships across multiple telecom network implementation categories in the US and Canada. Delivers against corporate initiatives related to cost reduction, cost avoidance, vendor rationalization, and continually benchmarks purchasing and process practices. Provides subject matter expertise and is a trusted advisor in sourcing/procurement field.

Location

This is a fully remote position open to candidates based anywhere in the U.S.

The Main Responsibilities

  • Provides thought leadership that is recognized across the company. Continually identifies and implements new opportunities for cost savings, cost avoidance and proactively tracks progress towards these objectives that are critical to the company. Independently prepares and presents advanced business cases, return on investment models, and change management programs to stakeholders and senior management.

  • Manages the relationship cycle with vendors that are most strategically significant and represent the greatest financial investment made with vendors by the company. Negotiates or renegotiates new and existing agreements or statements of work of the greatest complexity, including requests for information or requests for proposal and reverse auction generation and facilitation.

  • Implements and measures cost savings, reduction, and avoidance programs and strategies. Continually refines these programs to deliver optimal results of significant importance to the company.

  • Prepares scope documents, project management documents, communication plans, and contract awards. Leads cross functional teams to develop and execute negotiation strategies that include optimal targets for pricing, service, and quality for the most complex vendor relationships.

  • Proactively reviews vendor performance and adherence to contractual terms, leads business reviews, and delivers resolution on difficult issues through effective negotiation tactics.

What We Look For in a Candidate

  • Bachelor's degree; +7 years related experience

  • Intermediate to Advanced professional experience with contracts and negotiation

  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment; self motivated

Preferred:

  • Subject matter expert in telecom network implementation

  • Master's degree or J.D.

  • Procurement related certifications through ISM, American Purchasing Society or other recognized entity.

Compensation

The starting salary for this role differs based on the employee's primary work location. Employees typically do not start at the top of the range, though compensation depends on each individual's qualifications.

Location Based Pay Ranges

$94420 - $125890 in these states: AR, ID, KY, LA, ME, MS, NE, SC, and SD.

$99390 - $132510 in these states: AZ, AL, FL, GA, IN, IA, KS, MO, MT, NM, ND, OH, OK, PA, TN, UT, VT, WV, WI, and WY.

$104360 - $139140 in these states: CO, HI, MI, MN, NV, NH, NC, OR, and RI.

$109330 - $145770 in these states: AK, CA, CT, DE, DC, IL, MD, MA, NJ, NY, TX, VA, and WA.

As with the pay range variety that's based on the region of a country, specific offers are determined by various factors such as experience, education, skills, certifications and other business needs.

Requisition #: 333545

Background Screening

If you are selected for a position, there will be a background screen, which may include checks for criminal records and/or motor vehicle reports and/or drug screening, depending on the position requirements. For more information on these checks, please refer to the Post Offer section of our FAQ page (https://jobs.lumen.com/i/global/en/faqs) . Job-related concerns identified during the background screening may disqualify you from the new position or your current role. Background results will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Equal Employment Opportunities

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.

Disclaimer

The job responsibilities described above indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not intended to include a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities for this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on evolving business needs and conditions.

Salary Range

Salary Min :

94420

Salary Max :

145770

This information reflects the anticipated base salary range for this position based on current national data. Minimums and maximums may vary based on location. Individual pay is based on skills, experience and other relevant factors.

This position is eligible for either short-term incentives or sales compensation. Director and VP positions also are eligible for long-term incentive. To learn more about our bonus structure, you can view additional information here. (https://jobs.lumen.com/global/en/compensation-information) We're able to answer any additional questions you may have as you move through the selection process.

As part of our comprehensive benefits package, Lumen offers a broad range of Health, Life, Voluntary Lifestyle and other benefits and perks that enhance your physical, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing. You can learn more by clicking here. (https://centurylinkbenefits.com)

Note: For union-represented postings, wage rates and ranges are governed by applicable collective bargaining agreement provisions.

Application Deadline

05/18/2024

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