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IT Commodity Manager (Remote Opportunity)

Company: Smithfield Foods
Location: Smithfield
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:

IT Commodity Manager (Remote Opportunity)



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Information Technology



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Corporate - Day Shift

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Your Opportunity

Are you an Information Technology professional looking for a fast-paced, challenging and transformational environment? Smithfield Foods, one of the country's top consumer packaged goods companies, is looking for you! Our Information Technology and Transformation (IT&T) team is searching for focused and driven candidates who are excited about communicating new ideas and delivering first-class technical solutions to meet the demands of a growing business. We foster a culture that values each individual's creativity, our environment and the communities in which we live. This role assists in maturation and maintaining a centralized process for IT sourcing, procurement, and vendor management, distribution and tracking of corporate assets, and functions as a point of contact in technology matters and problem resolution relating to software/hardware purchases. Attends project meetings and compiles information for the purpose of analyzing vendor price across the competition and according to industry standards and best practices. The IT Commodity Manager will coordinate activities between internal customers and suppliers; manage their workload as assigned, within business areas, and negotiate price under the supervision of the Senior Manager of IT Contracts and Vendor Management. This role will track historical and on-going spend, vendor performance and cost savings, and support IT Sourcing in the areas of administration, asset management, contract management and vendor management.

Core Responsibilities

  • Performing analysis of a multitude of Information Technology related commodities (Software, Saad, IaaS, PaaS, Equipment, Hardware, Professional Services, etc.).
  • Lead sourcing processes in a matrixed environment including RFI/RFP's and single source negotiations or renegotiations:
    • Sourcing and procurement functions include but not limited to preparing market research, sourcing templates, spreadsheets, reviewing specifications, statements of work, contracts.
    • Create evaluations models and assist stakeholders in evaluation during formal, informal, and sole source solicitations.
    • Lead challenging negotiations with the software industry and analyzing complicated licensing models (like on-premise, subscriptions, hosted and cloud) for department wide to enterprise use license agreements of software & professional services for application services for Smithfield with any range of vendors:
      • With guidance from subject matter experts an applicable leadership team as necessary and makes recommendations for vendor selection.
      • On vendor pricing and discounts, licensing terms, Statements of Work, Service Level Agreements, Licensing, and maintenance agreements, etc.
      • Working collaboratively with suppliers and customer stakeholders to identify and execute vendor negotiations and service improvement.
      • Assist in developing sourcing plans, benchmarking suppliers, contracts, and services and evaluating various Business Unit level requirements, existing opportunities, or new initiatives, including but not limited to setting sourcing strategies and executing those strategies to deliver material improvements on quality, value, contract, price, and service.
      • Implement effective processes to improve contract adoption and compliance across operating locations. Analyze business processes and identify opportunities to increase efficiency while reducing costs. Identifies and recommends cost savings opportunities through data analysis.
      • Develop and implementing short- and long-term strategies in regard suppliers, pricing models & cost out initiatives.
      • Identify cost out initiatives and influence stakeholders to implement them.
      • Stays current with relevant advances in technologies. Responsible for maintaining and updating knowledge of IT policies and procedures, hardware, software, and technical services. This can include on-the-job training, attending technical courses or conferences, reading, research, and testing. Develops and follows best practices and procedures and share knowledge with team members.
      • Demonstrates skill development by actively participating in growth opportunities for continuous development and improvement and applying new skills/knowledge to the job as evident by the ability to perform assigned duties efficiently and effectively, resulting in meeting or exceeding customer expectations and performance metrics.
      • Develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders (stakeholder management) at all levels to be able to understand the environment and support stakeholders in driving business outcomes.
      • Collaborate with appropriate finance, compliance, and legal subject matter experts.
      • Participates in special projects and performs other duties as required.
        The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


        To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
        • Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 5+ years of relevant experience in IT procurement, sourcing, and/or vendor management position; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
        • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to effectively work in a team environment and build strong relationships.
        • Strong experience in software licensing to include working with financial information as a means of decision making, pricing comparisons & benchmarking.
        • Experience in sourcing negotiating at the highest levels of a supplier.
        • Knowledge of information technologies and services specifically software: On-premise, cloud services, and software as a service license models.
        • Demonstrated proficiency with current computer technology and applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, and collaboration applications).
        • Ability to work with minimum supervision in the cross-cultural environment across different geographic area.
        • Independent thinker with the proven history of shifting paradigms.
        • Possesses excellent time management and prioritization skills.
        • Must possess good organizational skills, attention to detail, sound business judgment and excellent written/verbal communication skills.
        • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment, execute under deadline pressures and with multiple priorities, and/or multiple complex situations daily.
        • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment yet have the ability to be aggressive in execution and undaunted by challenges.

          Careers and Benefits

          To learn more about Smithfield's benefits, visit PEOPLE MATTER More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment. GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT Working at Smithfield isn't just a job - it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally. BENEFITS Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees. SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

          About Smithfield Foods

          Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield, Eckrich and Nathan's Famous, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

          EEO/AA Information

          Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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