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Procurement Agent

Date: Jan 21, 2019

Location: Memphis, TN, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: MS-14478
Area of Interest: Purchasing
Organization: Distribution Center
Brand/Division: Mississippi
Position Type: Full-time


Position Summary

The Purchasing Team is essential to the overall success of the organization by supporting all of the Brand Visual, Store Operations, Marketing and HR teams with indirect spend and project management. The Purchasing Agent is the front line interface with our key suppliers, internal business partners and Franchisees to ensure successful launch of new stores, lowest cost, highest quality products, and superior customer service is delivered throughout the WSI global organization.

This position will be responsible for strategic sourcing of goods and services across various procurement categories. Partner with internal customers to establish needs and quality standards to make best recommendations. Support internal customers and stores with resolution of any supply chain issues, including sourcing, distribution, and inventory management. Develop and maintain supply specifications and standards across all categories. Responsible for inventory management of store supplies and visual sku's with assistance of 3rd party distribution company for all stores globally. Negotiate contracts, analyze and provide strategic solutions to achieve superior quality and maximize budget.

Essential Functions:

* Maintain standard new store opening supply lists, manage inventory levels; modify lists for remodels/relocations as necessary within budget. Manage all deliveries and update vendors with any changes to dates
* Responsible for inventory management of store supplies and visual sku's with assistance of 3rd party distribution company for all stores globally
* Partner with internal business partners across all brands to source and procure all requested items including visual props, fixtures, displays, sign holders, miscellaneous store supplies, forms, etc.
* Coordinate domestic and international shipments with logistics team to ensure delivery dates are met
* Partner with brand finance and internal teams to execute projects on budget
* Source vendors and manage vendor relationships
* Provide daily customer service to stores and internal business partners across all brands and various departments
* Participate in the development and support of company owned global retail stores and Franchisees
* Source and procure requested items from various teams for the annual General Manager Conference. Manage timelines and delivery to ensure successful event
* Provide spend/usage reports and analysis as requested by various business partners
* Manage store closing supply deliveries; coordinate equipment pick up/returns
* Manage gift registry and credit card supply inventory and work with Brand Marketing on reorders/new items
* Source and purchase supplies/collateral as needed for all in-store events
* Process special requests by various Corp Business Partners - ie: Public Relations, Business Sales, Merchants
* Manage the entire PO process, from initial PO entry through to receipts and invoice payments; manage open PO reports to ensure they are current
* Manage invoice processing for various vendors and projects as needed, and partner with AP to resolve invoicing issues
* Performs other duties as assigned



* Procurement experience preferred
* 2+ years retail project management
* 2+ years inventory management experience
* Knowledge of visual props, fixtures preferred
* Must be proficient in financial analysis and possess strong Microsoft Excel skills
* Superior organizational and project management skills with high attention to detail and deadline-oriented
* Excellent written, verbal, and communication skills with an ability to listen actively and to communicate effectively throughout all levels of the organization
* Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and excel in a fast-paced, ever changing environment
* Ability to work effectively with teams in collaborative environment and present to internal stakeholders and/or senior levels in the organization
* Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, strong self-awareness and honed diplomacy skills
* An action-oriented individual who proactively partners with business leaders to collaborate and resolve challenges, with little direction
* Strong customer service acumen
* High level of energy, enthusiasm and motivation to make the Company successful
* Knowledge of Coupa or other e-procurement systems desired

Why you will love working at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.:

* We're a successful, fast-growing company with a entrepreneurial vibe
* Competitive salaries and comprehensive health benefits
* Our passion around great customer service and experience
* A smart, experienced leadership team that wants to do it right and is open to new ideas
* We get a killer discount on our amazing products
* We believe in autonomy and reward associates who take initiative
* We get to be creative on a daily basis
* We have fun!

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

Nearest Major Market: Memphis

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