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SVP, Corporate Procurement (Indirect)

Company: CBRE
Location: Dallas
Posted on: April 2, 2024

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SVP, Corporate Procurement (Indirect)

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Dallas - Texas - United States of America, Redmond - Washington - United States of America


Job Summary

Responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives for approximately $2B global purchase of goods and services related to the internal operations of CBRE. This portfolio includes all classic "indirect" Procurement categories such as consulting services, marketing services, IT and telecommunication equipment & services, IT software, real estate and facilities, financial systems and services, human resource systems and services, business process outsourcing, office supplies & equipment, benefits, insurance, travel, etc. Responsible for managing a global procurement team of 35 people and collaborating with stakeholders and buyers in various lines of businesses and regions.

Background Required

  • Entrepreneurial business leader with proven track-record of success and ability to bring innovation and new strategies to the function
  • Strong strategic sourcing and procurement background with experience developing commodity strategies, leading cross functional teams on sourcing initiatives, negotiating service contracts across a wide set of clients across multiple industries and geographies
  • Strong communication and change management skills with solid working knowledge of best practices, procurement systems, contract management and hands on experience driving various expense category savings solutions and process efficiencies


    • Manage the procurement of good and services across all global CBRE business units, leveraging the continuously growing baselines with the anticipated rapid growth of the business
    • Work collaboratively with executive management, individual business units, functional stakeholders to ensure the alignment of sourcing strategies are communicated and leveraged across CBRE
    • Establish beneficial working relationships with various internal groups across the organization including regional/country offices, line of business Procurement teams, legal, finance, HR, and others
    • Develop category strategies, including market and industry analysis, and execution of strategic sourcing process
    • Develop metrics, including external benchmarks, to monitor performance and allow for data driven decision making. Ensure that metrics, including benchmark data, and performance measurements directly support the corporate objectives and performance indicators.
    • Develop reporting on spend, compliance, and operational KPI's
    • Manage complex projects from conception through implementation, including business case development and change management
    • Develop organizational strategy and practices that will provide CBRE with a world-class Procurement organization and capabilities
    • Responsible for managing supplier risks and developing contingency plans
    • Create and maintain mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with suppliers to reduce procurement costs, to assure continuity of supply, to improve internal and external purchasing practices, and promote continuous improvement
    • Conduct supplier performance management process for key CBRE suppliers
    • Understand and monitor key spending trends, cost drivers, market factors and geographic considerations, and strategic importance of critical commodities to implement appropriate sourcing strategies to control the company's purchased material costs and to assure an adequate supply of high-quality goods and services
    • Contribute to CBRE goals for supplier diversity and sustainability
    • Develop Procurement processes to ensure high efficiency and effectiveness of the purchasing organization, with an emphasis on speed and agility
    • Ensure ethical principles and standards of purchasing practices, and adherence to Procurement Policy LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS

      Making Complex Decisions
      Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems, great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and difference; adds personal wisdom and experience to come to the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.

      Creating the New and Different
      Can come up with the next great breakthrough thing to do; is creative, a visionary, and can manage innovation; is an effective strategist full of ideas and possibilities, sees multiple futures; has broad interests and knowledge; can both create and bring exciting ideas to market; comfortable speculating about alternative futures without all the data.

      Dealing with Challenges
      Fearlessly takes on all issues, challenges, and people; comfortably confronts and works through conflict; delivers negative feedback and messages without hesitation; deal promptly and fairly with problem performers; lets everyone know where they stand; thrives in crises and is energized by tough challenges; not afraid to make negative decisions and take tough action; challenges the status quo.

      Focusing on Action and Outcomes
      Attacks everything with drive and energy with an eye on the bottom line; not afraid to initiate action before all the facts are known; drives to finish everything she/he starts; acts with a sense of urgency

      Communicating Effectively
      Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across

      Managing Diverse Relationships
      Relates well to a wide variety of diverse styles, leadership types, and personalities; effective up and down, sideways, inside and outside, builds diverse networks; quick to find common ground; treats differences fairly and equitably; treats everyone as a preferred customer

      Acting with Honor and Character
      Is a person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs; deals and talks straight; walks her/his talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences


      • The selected candidate will have a successful track record of broad Procurement experience with proven measurable results, especially recognized as an end-to-end Procurement and Strategic Sourcing expert.
      • The successful candidate will have a global perspective, strong analytical, organizational, negotiation and conceptual skills, decisiveness, and maturity.
      • This individual will need strong business acumen. Demonstrated success as a change agent and transformation leader, problem solver and creative thinker are key criteria for final selection of this individual.
      • Must have very strong influencing skills to be able to affect and motivate indirect organizations and cultures across the global organization.

        Specific qualifications to include:

        • Communicating with internal stakeholders to understand their requirements, educate them on savings opportunities, gain early procurement engagement, and provide timely status updates
        • Experienced in establishing Policies and Procedures that will have to be adopted and maintained as the business needs evolve
        • Desire and experience leveraging technology, systems, and AI or Automations
        • Fifteen or more years of experience in the management of a procurement group with global experience
        • Strong interpersonal, communications, and influencing skills to coach constituents within the organization
        • Proven ability to build a strong competent team, developing professional roles and responsibilities and implementing effective procedural change to maximize efficiencies in the sourcing, fulfillment and contracting process.


          • Bachelor's degree or higher is preferred in business or related field (i.e.. economics or applicable field)
          • MBA is preferred

            CBRE is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law. We also provide reasonable accommodations, as needed, throughout the job application process. If you have a disability that inhibits your ability to apply for a position through our online application process, you may contact us via email at recruitingaccommodations@cbre.com or via telephone at +1 866 225 3099 (U.S.) and +1 866 388 4346 (Canada).

            NOTE: Some, but not all, of our positions may have an additional requirement to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing. If you have questions about the requirement(s) for this position, please inform your Recruiter.

Keywords: CBRE, Dallas , SVP, Corporate Procurement (Indirect), Other , Dallas, Texas

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