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Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager, Marketing and Advertising

Job ID: 237055
Location Name: CA-FSC SF Off (0174)
Address: 350 Mission St, 20th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States (US)
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type: Regular
Job Function: Marketing
Remote Eligible:


Company Overview:

At Sephora we inspire our customers, empower our teams, and help them become the best versions of themselves.  We create an environment where people are valued, and differences are celebrated. Every day, our teams across the world bring to life our purpose: to expand the way the world sees beauty by empowering the Extra Ordinary in each of us.  We are united by a common goal - to reimagine the future of beauty.


The Opportunity:

Your role at Sephora:
As a Strategic Sourcing Manager, you will be responsible for developing strong and effective business partner relationships and providing strategic sourcing support to the CMO organization.  Reporting to the Director of Strategic Sourcing, you will leverage your experience to deliver significant value to key stakeholders by managing the end-to-end strategic sourcing process for Marketing and Advertising (your primary spend category) and associated sub-categories such as Events, Print, and Packaging with stretch on cross-functional category collaborations as needed.


Your core category and sub-category responsibilities will include but are not limited to, Marketing and Advertising sourcing engagements to drive savings through market-driven strategies and negotiations.



In addition, you will: 

  • Develop strong relationships with and be recognized as a valued partner by the Marketing stakeholders to influence business decisions
  • Collaborate with Finance and functional stakeholders to develop strategic sourcing plans with well-defined cost savings and avoidance targets
  • Achieve year-over-year improvements in Marketing spend, without sacrificing quality and service
  • Conduct all phases in the development of complex contracts, including reviewing statements of work or requirements, request for information (RFI), and request for proposal (RFP) development
  • Partner with a broad mix of stakeholders on contract evaluation, redlining, and negotiation, such as Legal, Privacy, Information Security, and Internal Controls
  • Continually improve supplier performance by setting measurable, contractual, performance targets and related supplier performance management
  • Stay abreast of changes in the market, such as emerging technologies and suppliers, and evaluate and address any impact of changes in supplier status (eg, via acquisition)
  • Build an execute a plan to identify and evaluate diverse suppliers, with a goal of increasing the percentage of category spend with diverse suppliers
  • Advocate for and track compliance to Sephora's Indirect Spend and Delegation of Authority policies by delivering periodic training, aka "road shows," and appropriately escalating non-compliance
  • Provide thought leadership and support to ad hoc projects optimizing Strategic Sourcing's effectiveness, for example, by proposing and implementing process improvements
  • Strategize across categories/departments to identify opportunities for gained efficiencies and cost-effectiveness in supplier negotiations
  • Build project plans and timelines to ensure key milestones are being captured and met as it relates to the sourcing process
  • Close sourcing projects in a timely manner, including but not limited to uploading executed agreements to our contract lifecycle management, and security stakeholder and finance approval on savings or cost avoidance
  • Effectively communicate status updates to key stakeholders, including timely identification and escalation/resolution of issues
  • Keep up to date with market trends in the category and procurement functions
  • Bring best practices in Category Management, Strategic Sourcing, and Indirect Procurement to drive automation and simplification.
  • Participating actively to improve Sephora's Sustainability, Supplier Diversity, and 3rd party Risk goals.
  • Demonstrate Sephora values of Passion for Client Service, Innovation, Expertise, Balance, Respect for All, Teamwork, and Initiative. 

We’re excited about you if you have:

  • 8+ years of strategic sourcing experience, with strong expertise in multiple technology product and service categories in a multi-national retail corporation
  • Experience in sourcing multiple key categories such as marketing, advertising, events, packaging, and print categories, a plus.
  • Excellent prioritization skills with the ability to adapt and change quickly.
  • A continuous learning mindset
  • Knowledge of sourcing category strategy, supplier relationship management, and supplier continuous improvement programs.
  • A proven track record of cost reduction and productivity improvements.
  • Ability to influence and drive change while building solid relationships with your internal clients and external suppliers.
  • Excellent project and timeline management skills to manage sourcing projects end-to-end, from project intake, through onboarding to project closure and transition.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience and skill as a negotiator with the utilization of flexible strategies.
  • Ability to successfully influence both internal and external partners.
  • Excellent communication skills, including oral, written, and interpersonal. Experience interfacing with senior-level stakeholders.
  • Advanced analytics, excel, presentation, data visualization, and Sourcing tools skills (required)

The annual base salary range for this position is $120,000.00 - $150,000.00 The actual base salary offered depends on a variety of factors, which may include, as applicable, the applicant’s qualifications for the position; years of relevant experience; specific and unique skills; level of education attained; certifications or other professional licenses held; other legitimate, non-discriminatory business factors specific to the position; and the geographic location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will perform the job.  Individuals employed in this position may also be eligible to earn bonuses.  Sephora offers a generous benefits package to full-time employees, which includes comprehensive health, dental and vision plans; a superior 401(k) plan, various paid time off programs; employee discount/perks; life insurance; disability insurance; flexible spending accounts; and an employee referral bonus program.


While at Sephora, you’ll enjoy… 


  • The people. You will be surrounded by some of the most talented leaders and teams – people you can be proud to work with.  
  • The learning. We invest in training and developing our teams, and you will continue evolving and building your skills through personalized career plans.
  • The culture. As a leading beauty retailer within the LVMH family, our reach is broad, and our impact is global. It is in our DNA to innovate and, at Sephora, all 40,000 passionate team members across 35 markets and 3,000+ stores, are united by a common goal - to reimagine the future of beauty.


You can unleash your creativity, because we’ve got disruptive spirit. You can learn and evolve, because we empower you to be your best. You can be yourself, because you are what sets us apart. This, is the future of beauty. Reimagine your future, at Sephora.


Sephora is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military/veteran status, or disability status. Sephora is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.


Sephora will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

Job Segment: Strategic Sourcing, Marketing Manager, Advertising, Performance Management, Relationship Manager, Operations, Marketing, Customer Service, Human Resources

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