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Regional Strategic Sourcing Manager (Procurement | Supply Management) Indianapolis location

Indianapolis, IN
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Regional Strategic Sourcing Manager (Procurement | Supply Management) Indianapolis location
Job ID 6263           
Indianapolis, IN
Full-Time Regular
Bachelors Degree
Minimum 7 Years

About Covanta: Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle approximately 500,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit www.covanta.com .

Information on our facilities is available at www.covanta.com/Our-Facilities. For career opportunities, visit www.covanta.com/Careers . Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is not often that a role comes along that provides you the opportunity to play a pivotal role in Procurement transformation with a leading firm in its industry.

 Covanta is seeking an effective leader with a solid track record of procurement and supply management performance that can lead the Northeast Region’s Strategic Sourcing function.  This position will be based from one of the following four locations:  Indianapolis, IN, Niagara Falls, NY, Haverhill, MA or West Wareham, MA.

 You will lead a team of 6 supply management professionals, managing a spend of $80 million, working for the world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions poised for global expansion (read our story at www.covanta.com)

 Now to the specifics of the role:

Reporting to the Sr. Director of Strategic Sourcing, the Northeast Regional Strategic Sourcing Manager will lead the management of supplies and services to nine key sites supporting a multi-plant environment in the Northeast region of North America; and provide functional guidance to sourcing professionals supporting those locations. 

Your role will span strategic, tactical, and transactional supply management activities.  Key spend categories include Mechanical Parts, Pressure Parts, MRO, Contractor Services, Temp Labor, among others. You will also be called upon to contribute to the broader supply management agenda - demonstrating the right values and behaviors with high emotional intelligence in working with a disbursed stakeholder base.

Sound interesting?  Read on.

Specific Areas of Responsibilities:

Bring thought leadership, set the direction, and ensure delivery performance of the Northeast region’s procurement organization aligned with the broader Strategic Sourcing agenda.

Deliver procurement’s contribution to Outage Optimization (plant maintenance & turnarounds), engineering and construction of new plants, and capital projects at existing facilities

Develop regional category strategies (leveraging the required market intelligence) and actionable sourcing and project plans to optimize the company’s spend for the region.  An expansion of sourcing involvement in areas of spend not currently managed is anticipated.  Key spend categories include Mechanical Parts, Pressure Parts, MRO, Contractor Services, Temp Labor, among others.

Drive robust P2P processes using continuous improvement (CI) methodologies and technology to improve information flow and velocity

Support the Global Sourcing Initiative to achieve a step change in demand placed with “low-cost country sources” / high value regions of the world (mainly Asia in the near term)

Develop staff capabilities through effective coaching, oversight, & delegation

Utilize and oversee the eRFx / reverse auction processes as a tool for maximizing commodity, parts and services savings

Effectively manage supplier relationships to optimize service, quality, and cost

Track and manage procurement KPIs that progress the function to achieve “world class” excellence

Ensure savings initiatives spanning cost reduction, cost avoidance, revenue enhancement, rebates, working capital, etc. are accurately documented, reviewed, reported and transferred to the annual operating budgets and long-term strategic plans

Direct process improvement initiatives - instituting best practices guided by an effective change management process (MoC) that delivers benchmark return on investment (ROI)

Critical Skills and Leadership Characteristics:

Self-directed, action-oriented, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards

Dynamic leader with a record of achieving results individually and through others

Demonstrated experience in, and strong ability to, manage both materials and services suppliers and contracts

Strong negotiation skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus

Developed intellectual capacity, strategy skills and sales ability

Ability to work cross functionally with peers and other business leaders

Ability to manage multiple projects, concurrently, and build consensus

Demonstrated experience with ROI and TCO concepts

Organized, team player who is an effective influencer

Demonstrated ability to lead change in the face of adversity; to challenge the status quo constructively

Articulate communicator both verbal and written



Minimum Bachelor’s degree; preferably Supply Chain, Finance, or technical discipline; MBA desirable


7 years of procurement and supply management experience within a complex, global and technology driven organization

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Mastery-level negotiation skills and experience negotiating contracts

Understanding of NA regional labor markets related to plant maintenance and turnarounds

Experience with eRFx / Reverse Auctions with a variety commodities, products and services, including knowledge of the process and software used

Knowledge of PeopleSoft ERP (or SAP) and Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio)

Accomplished in managing to, and reporting, key performance indicators (KPIs)

Solid understanding of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) modeling, contracts, and change management


25% to 40% travel  – mainly in Northeast USA


(Internal Tracking Code: *LI-COV)

The following functional competency levels are required for this position:


Competency Level Definitions: 1 = Awareness; 2 = Basic Application; 3 = Skillful Application; 4 = Mastery; 5 = Expert


Target level

Financial Skills


Project Management Skills





Target level

Procurement category strategy development & application


Demand management




Negotiating and influencing


Contract execution and management


Materials management


Supplier performance management


Supply chain risk management




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