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Procurement Manager

Wheels, Inc Chicago, IL
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

Procurement Manager -

This position is responsible for proactively managing relationships with our strategic suppliers, which may include direct suppliers (such as vehicle courtesy dealers, truck dealers, connected vehicle, truck up-fitters, transport, maintenance networks, national accounts, independent repair shops, service dealers, glass, roadside, rental, remarketing, collision repair), and/or indirect suppliers. Through supporting strategic initiatives under the direction of the Sr Director of Procurement and the creation of tools to monitor and improve vendor performance, they will support the positioning of Wheels as a leader in the fleet management industry. This position will oversee and manage the supply chain to ensure it is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible while ensuring that suppliers and manufacturers are maintaining the desired performance expectations related to their services and are engaged in ethical business practices. They focus on developing and maintaining long-term strategic partnerships with suppliers who can help us meet financial and customer satisfaction goals. This position manages employees within their department and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department.

Key Responsibilities

Procurement Management

  • Manage assigned categories – support the organizational needs for those categories
  • Establish and maintain long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with key suppliers and internal stakeholders
  • Determine key vendor requirements and build a framework to monitor vendor’s performance in these areas
  • Analyze performance and hold annual business reviews with key partners and engage in continuous improvement activities to drive performance
  • Conduct competitive analysis (including financial analyses with respect to revenues and/or pricing) and/or RFP’s as needed under the guidance of the Senior Director of Procurement
  • Support the negotiation of contracts as required for engagements under the guidance of the Sr Director of Procurement
  • Monitor industry events and determine impending impact on fulfilling client needs (e.g., auto workers strikes, part shortages, recalls, class action settlements), and communicate such events to affected personnel at Wheels
  • Create initiatives with vendor partners that support and improve our client value proposition
  • In conjunction with the Sr Director Procurement, identify opportunities with vendors to improve our revenues and/or pricing structures
  • Identify and manage risks within the supply chain
  • Identify vendor coverage gaps and ensure team is focused on closing the gaps
  • Lead the investigation and resolution of supplier issues across Wheels and with the suppliers, which may include quality, delivery, customer service, or invoice issues, to work towards resolution
  • Understand suppliers’ capabilities and limitations, as well as Wheels’ and our clients’ expectations, and work with suppliers to enable growth in our partnerships
  • Validate financial results (rebates and/or price reductions)

Staff Development

  • Ensure employees have tools necessary to perform their responsibilities
  • Develop performance metrics and implement training, building a highly productive and error-free department
  • Evaluate employees job activities and adjust tasks to highest needs and values
  • Provide statistical and performance feedback and coaching on a regular basis to each team member
  • Create and maintain a high-quality work environment so team members are motivated to perform at their highest level.

Process Improvement

  • Demonstrate a thorough comprehension of all systems and processes used by direct staff and operational areas supported by supply chain
  • Identify opportunities to improve internal systems and processes
  • Identify opportunities with vendors to streamline our processes and provide operational improvement
  • Lead/support continuous improvement exercises, such as Kaizen events with Wheels stakeholders and suppliers to streamline and/or improve processes and systems
  • Provide expertise to IT in development and changes to all related applications and reporting.
  • Perform statistical analyses to drive business intelligent decisions


  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders in building initiatives to leverage best-performing vendors
  • Interact and present to clients demonstrating the value of our vendor management practices
  • Work with Marketing and Model Year Team to ensure product changes are communicated to internal and external customers
  • Provide support to other departments serving as an escalation point for issues or opportunities


  • Demonstrate a willingness to accept responsibility and accountability for one’s actions
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take ownership over all direct categories with respect to supplier and internal stakeholders’ relationships
  • Demonstrate trustworthiness and professionalism with clients, peers and team members
  • Anticipate needs and respond to concerns and conflicts
  • Build rapport and credibility with colleagues, employees, and suppliers
  • Have perspective into other points of view
  • Desire for continuous learning and growth
  • Demonstrate an interest in personal learning and development
  • Create an open environment that encourages people to work together to solve problems and improve practices and services
  • Challenge the status quo


  • Able to implement tactical initiatives for an organization towards a long-term vision
  • Cope with ambiguity and complexity, managing a multitude of projects and relationships while remaining highly focused on the key strategic issues
  • Contract negotiation experience
  • Results oriented to drive financial performance and customer satisfaction
  • Statistical analysis
  • Logical and analytical
  • Relationship management
  • Lead and/or support RFP’s / RFQ’s
  • Collaborate and influence appropriately both internally and externally
  • Work well with various stakeholders, with the ability to challenge, probe, and question in difficult areas without alienating
  • High level of information gathering analysis and translation of data
  • Ability to perform or support competitive analyses and produce meaningful results to enable business intelligent decisions
  • Effective decision and problem-solving
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent quality of work
  • Multi tasking. Work in an environment with constantly changing demands needing to reprioritize goals
  • Process improvement (six sigma)
  • Change management
  • Contract management
  • Information-gathering techniques, analyzing data, and creating strategic initiatives
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint experience


  • Bachelor's degree with 2-4 years related Business experience or 6-8 years related Business experience
  • Minimum 2-4 years procurement management experience
  • Minimum 4 years procurement experience, including contract negotiation experience
  • Supply chain certification (preferred)
  • Relationship management experience
  • Results oriented to drive financial results and customer satisfaction
  • Manage supplier performance
  • Lean Six Sigma or other quality improvement experience preferred


  • Able to use desktop equipment such as telephone, calculator, computer
  • Able to communicate verbally
  • Some travel required including international
  • Valid passport required

Wheels, Inc


Des Plaines, IL, USA
Chicago, IL

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