Director Technology Strategic Sourcing

Every great story has a new beginning, and yours starts here.Welcome to Warner Bros. Discovery… the stuff dreams are made of.Who We Are… When we say, “the stuff dreams are made of,” we’re not just referring to the world of wizards, dragons and superheroes, or even to the wonders of Planet Earth. Behind WBD’s vast portfolio of iconic content and beloved brands, are the storytellers bringing our characters to life, the creators bringing them to your living rooms and the dreamers creating what’s next…From brilliant creatives, to technology trailblazers, across the globe, WBD offers career defining opportunities, thoughtfully curated benefits, and the tools to explore and grow into your best selves. Here you are supported, here you are celebrated, here you can thrive.SUMMARY OF POSITION:The Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) Director for Technology Strategic Sourcing leads category strategy development and associated initiatives for Broadcast, IT and Network Hardware and Telecom subcategories for the company. He/she is a subject matter expert in Technology with prior experience in procurement of broadcast hardware & software, IT and Network hardware and Telecom spend categories. He/she proactively partners with Technology & Operations business stakeholders (executive level, manager and brand level) to develop category strategies and lead sourcing projects, enable specification definition and demand management, as well as managing supplier performance and innovation activities. Broadcast hardware & software, IT and Network hardware and Telecom represents $100M in third party spend and contributes to business success and revenue growth. Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) Director for Technology Strategic Sourcing will report to the VP, Global Sourcing & Partnerships.Job Responsibilities:LeadershipDevelops mid-to long range sourcing strategic plans that (1) links to company-wide vision, (2) takes into account global versus regional approach versus local approach, and (3) prioritizes efforts for maximum contribution for margin improvement and achieve best total value for business units/geographies for their goods and/or services requirements. Demonstrates and practices a high degree of professional integrity and ethical responsibility in all business activities. Leads change and creates development opportunities to build a diverse pool of talent and holds project teams accountable for achieving results.Nurtures team with eye towards ongoing professional development & skills/capabilities building.Maintains a strong external focus to inform Procurement strategy by leveraging industry peers and professional organizations and regular industry benchmarking, assessing best practices, innovation and being involved in industry forumsStakeholder/Internal Customer ManagementPartners with key internal clients for alignment of business priorities across multiple sourcing categories and be the conduit/liaison on behalf of global sourcing team.Provides internal consulting expertise to senior management in the practice of strategic sourcing, best practices, and external marketplace or innovative trends.Builds effective relationships to enable fast alignment and roll out communications.Actively participates in business strategy reviews.Leads periodic review meetings to develop action plans, seek input, share results, re-prioritize projects. Category ManagementLeads (Fill in) global category strategy development, aligning cross-divisional and cross-geography requirements against clear and measurable goals. Develops category strategy recommendations in a concise and persuasive fashion and leads implementation of sourcing strategy (sole source or short-list negotiations, leverage added scope, competitive bidding, eSourcing tools, catalogs, reverse auctions, etc.). Accountable for the delivery of category savings targets thro collaboration and engagement with business stakeholders.Conducts and coaches others to execute against category strategy with full understanding of potential shortfalls and risk mitigation plans. Develops and compiles required business case for new ideals, including execution of Request for Information (RFI), Request for Quotation (RFQ) or Request for Proposals (RFP).Supplier Selection/ManagementLeads the development of global or multi-national supplier industry analysis when developing global sourcing strategies. Uses depth of knowledge of suppliers to gain insights which are not obvious nor widely held that improve Warner Media’s competitive advantage. Partners with Supplier Diversity efforts to creatively include diverse vendors in supplier selection processes and creatively grow existing diverse vendor spend.Leads environmentally friendly purchase efforts to support Warner Bros Discoveries sustainability efforts. Negotiations, Contract Creation & ManagementLeads and develops multi-pronged negotiation strategies, contract analyses, and sourcing communications and meetings. Collaborates with stakeholders and legal counsel to lead global negotiations and contract coordination to ensure all geography-specific requirements are captured.Views new and existing opportunities from different angles to identify fresh and original ways of tapping those opportunities to get maximum return.Sourcing-Driven Project ManagementIdentifies, implements and manages large scale, complex projects across business units and geographies – may involve outsourcing analysis and total cost of ownership considerations.Identifies opportunities where project management expertise needs to be implemented and works to ensure that those involved in key projects are managing them optimally.JOB QUALIFICATION STANDARDSWork Experience5-7 years strategy, operations and sourcing experience in a sophisticated sourcing environment with demonstrated people management experienceSolid experience and highly developed subject matter expertise in Broadcast hardware & software, IT and Network hardware and TelecomEducation, Professional Training, Technical Training or CertificationBachelor’s Degree in Business Management or a technical major is required, Masters preferred.Experience in the Media & Entertainment industry is preferredProfessional accreditation in sourcing / procurement preferredKnowledge/SkillsFocus on teamwork and cross functional collaborationHigh level of organization skills and attention to detailStrong computer skills including proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPointStrong communication skills to interact within all levels of the company, in a concise and clear mannerAbility to function effectively in a matrixed organizationUnderstanding of the supplier landscape across major categories of spend; industry and/or professional relationships with vendors in these categories a plusDemonstrated contract and agreement negotiation experience, including development of negotiating strategiesExcellent written, oral and presentation skills and an ability to synthesize complex and technical information into concise and clear recommendationWillingness to bring thought leadership, a creative mindset, and a fresh perspective on new ways to approach existing problemsHow We Get Things Done…This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.The Legal Bits…In compliance with local law, we are disclosing the compensation, or a range thereof, for roles in locations where legally required. $126,350.00 – $234,650.00 salary per year. Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards. In addition, Warner Bros. Discovery provides a variety of benefits to employees, including health insurance coverage, an employee wellness program, life and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, paid holidays and paid time off (PTO).Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us. Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.If you’re a qualified candidate with a disability and you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position, please contact us at

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