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Strategic Sourcing Manager (m/f/d)

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Strategic Sourcing Manager (m/f/d)

Date: Dec 23, 2019

Location: Root Laengenbold, Lucerne, CH, CH-6039

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 39503

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

The Global Supply Management (GSM) Function is recognized as a critical function for business success.  It delivers the training, tools and opportunities needed to create innovative solutions for the function & the corporation.  GSM has leading edge, effective processes to anticipate and exceed customer requirements.


  • Lead strategic sourcing activity for IT Managed Services category
  • Strong understanding of digital capabilities in sourcing and supply chain
  • Robust digital mindset
  • Monitor latest category market trends to ensure fundamental understanding of industry trends
  • Analyze and understand category spend and develop long-term IT managed services procurement strategy in collaboration with IT VMO / Service Lines / CIO Staff and business stakeholders
  • Be able to negotiate complex high value deals and provide negotiation oversight to other members of the team
  • Support the implementation and continued advocating of a strong Supplier Management process to ensure good supplier relations and strong SLAs with suppliers with a focus on service quality and reliability, responsiveness, service delivery and cycle time improvement
  • Leadership resolving any supplier service issues
  • Must have a strong focus on cost reduction targets and be able to build an opportunity pipeline for cost savings/avoidance
  • Have deep understanding of RFX processes and be able to conduct e-auctions when applicable
  • Ensure compliance to Corporate policies and procedures with suppliers (i.e. Data Privacy / Safe Harbor, Information Protection, Ethics Policy, Buying Policy, Code of Conduct, etc.)
  • Participate in on-going development and implementation of world-class Procurement practices and procedures
  • This role will lead the strategic procurement activities for the IT Managed Services category
  • The role will work closely with various IT stakeholders often at the executive level
  • Should be able to advocate on behalf of the Global IT Sourcing Category in internal forums
  • Should be able to provide leadership, coaching and mentoring to other members of the team
  • Must have familiarity of dealing with large global IT Managed Services vendors


  • Leadership skills
  • Excellent cross-cultural and communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong contracting skills
  • Strong analytical and evaluation skills
  • Ability to resolve issues and build consensus
  • Ethical and acts with integrity 
  • Experience across multiple businesses, division and/or technologies
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, highly matrixed environment
  • Excellent oral communication and persuasive skills
  • Ability to establish positive relationships with global suppliers and internal customers
  • Bachelor´s Degree in Supply Chain or IT.,  MBA Preferred
  • 15+ years of IT procurement experience in a large publicly traded company
  • Travel Requirements (domestic and/or international):10-15% including international




Corning Optical Communications GmbH

Leipzig / Lucerne, Switzerland / Lucerne, Switzerland, CH / Root D4

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