Information Technology Services
87642 Requisition #

Software Sourcing Lead
Job Family: Information Technology Services


Come and join us in supporting Stanford’s missions in teaching and research! The Software Sourcing lead position is a key member of Vendor Management team at Stanford University IT.  Vendor Management team manages major campus wide technology software licensing for the University and handles all vendor related issues for University IT.
This is a high visibility position for a seasoned strategic sourcing professional with proven track record and expertise in negotiating software, especially cloud based software purchases and managing technology vendors and contract renewals.  This will include developing and negotiating licensing terms and pricing to best meet the University’s needs and drive the best value for the University.  


•    Manage the sourcing process for University IT. Lead complex negotiation for acquiring technology products for University IT and campus at the best possible cost and business terms, with special focus on software and cloud based software licenses.
•    Manage vendor lifecycle activities such as vendor business performance reviews, support contract renewals, vendor conflict resolutions etc. 
•    Manage vendor relationships; resolve complex problem with vendors to ensure vendors meet or exceed their contract obligations by delivering quality products and services.
•    Consult with senior management on projects that have a high impact on IT sourcing for the University; Collaborate with other colleagues on cross functional projects; contribute to solutions that may affect policy change or the development of new controls or processes.
•    Lead report preparation and analysis requiring the consolidation of multiple, complex data sources to track vendor spend and renewals.
•    Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and procedures; recommend and implement approved solutions related to sourcing and vendor management. 


* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree with minimum of ten years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. 
Proven experience in negotiating software, cloud based software and other technology product acquisition required. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•    Ability to conduct complex vendor negotiations for software and cloud based software acquisition to drive down cost and achieve better business terms and conditions.
•    Ability to lead IT sourcing project that has a broad University level impact.
•    Strong research skills, ability to conduct bench marking analysis in support of vendor selection and negotiation.
•    Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and, decision-making skills. 
•    Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to clearly and effectively present information to internal and external audiences, and all levels of management.


•    Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks; 
•    Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly, fine manipulation. 
•    Occasionally use a telephone.
•    Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weight 11-20 pounds.



•    Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients (faculty, staff and students) and with external organizations.
•    Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
•    Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu. 

Stanford University’s commitment to safely and effectively meet the public health challenge presented by COVID-19 extends to ensuring University employees may work from home, or another off-site location, where determined appropriate, whenever necessary through the end of the 2020 calendar year. The department will give reasonable notice when employees are expected to return to work at the Redwood City campus.


Why Stanford is for You:

Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

•    Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
•    A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
•    A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
•    Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
•    Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.
•    Redwood City. Our new Stanford Redwood City campus, opened in 2019, will be the workplace for approximately 2,700 staff, including University IT, whose jobs are important to supporting the University’s mission. The campus will offer amenities such as onsite cafes and a dining pavilion, a high-end fitness facility with an outdoor pool, and a childcare center for Stanford families.


Relocation and sponsorship will not be provided for this position.


How to Apply:
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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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