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Organization Alliance College Ready Public Schools
Location los angeles
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 8/3/2017



Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income students across 28 free, public charter high schools and middle schools. We’re a well-established charter network with a proven record of success in preparing our students for college. In the next phase of our evolution, we must strive to ensure that our students are set up for success in college and beyond. Now is the time to join us in working for long-lasting change for our scholars.


Join our team at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an inclusive and innovative organization deeply committed to preparing Los Angeles students for long-term success. We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are motivated to unleash our scholars’ potential. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions to achieve our goals in service of our 12,500 students and families.


The Manager of Procurement will work closely with the Vice President of Operations to establish a strong procurement organization, including improving procurement systems and processes, vendor partnerships and management, compliance, and staff management and training. This individual will play a key role in the mission-critical work of driving adoption and consistent use of a new Procure-to-Pay software solution for streamlining procurement activities, managing procurement data, and instilling a customer-centric approach to the Procurement Department’s work.


Procurement Strategy & Daily Operations

Design procurement organization, processes, and technology to best serve Alliance Schools and Home Office.

Set strategic goals and vision for the procurement function and organize the roles and responsibilities within the procurement organization to best support these goals.
Establish procurement best practices including a well-designed Request for Proposal/Information/Quote process, demand detection and management from schools to the home office, payment term standardization, and strategic sourcing across high-spend categories.
Oversee and support the day-to-day purchasing process across all Alliance schools and the Home Office, with particular attention to requisite purchase order and contract management.
Outline and implement contract management best practices across all Alliance schools and the Home Office, including managing a central contract repository for storing contract documents and data.
Strategically manage vendor data to help Alliance schools make better purchasing decisions with less effort.
Establish group purchasing practices through consortiums and other purchasing mechanisms.

Vendor and Contract and Management

Provide leadership in determining Alliance’s strategy for managing vendor relationships and contracts, working in collaboration with the Operations and Procurement teams, Alliance schools, and Home Office teams.

Develop a standardized toolkit and process for competitive selection and contract negotiation and provide customer-centric support to schools utilizing the competitive selection process.
Aggregate demand, develop a strategic 3-year bid calendar, and conduct large-scale competitive selection and negotiations on behalf of Alliance entities.
Implement standardized practices for vendor management and develop tools to improve communication with vendors and more easily manage the document transfer process.
Work strategically with Alliance schools and Home Office teams to identify and develop partner relationships to bring additional value to schools and/or lower costs for goods and services.
Oversee the contract review and negotiation process.

Procurement Systems & Processes

Oversee and continuously improve procurement systems to streamline processes, improve data quality, and ensure procurement data integrity.

Champion the Procure-to-Pay software across all Alliance schools and the Home Office. Assist the team in the final implementation of the software and serve as the system administrator and trainer to ensure software adoption and minimization of existing legacy manual processes.
Strategically leverage data to improve procurement across Alliance by ensuring data integrity, developing dashboards for schools and Home Office purchasers, and determining and managing key performance indicators to proactively manage procurement activities.
Develop capabilities within the Procure-to-Pay software designed to improve workflow between Alliance and vendors/partners.


Drive organizational compliance to Alliance’s fiscal policies and procedures, and state and Federal regulations through proactive leadership, targeted training, and progress monitoring.

Develop a deep and detailed understanding of Alliance’s fiscal policies and procedures and applicable state and Federal regulations.
Work with the Operations team to develop tools for monitoring compliance and communicating compliance performance to all Alliance schools and the Home Office.
Develop strategies for continuously improving compliance and compliance activities, including recommending changes annually to the fiscal policies and procedures.


Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, Engineering or Purchasing.
MBA or other equivalent advanced degree preferred. C.P.M certification preferred.
At least 8 years of experience in the private sector, public sector, and/or education management fields.
Minimum 5 years in a strategic sourcing management role overseeing multiple indirect spend categories.
Large, complex negotiation and contract experience across multiple categories required.
Experience with facilitating formalized RFQ/P/I processes.
Experience with Coupa software preferred.

Skills, Beliefs, and Mindsets

Commitment to Alliance’s mission and a passion for improving urban public education.
Strong leader that approaches work with curiosity and is unafraid of challenging the status quo.
Excellent business/financial acumen, proficient in leading and setting direction for cross-functional teams, including demonstrated ability to motivate, influence and drive change at all levels of the organization.
Exceptionally detail oriented with experience efficiently managing multiple projects and deadlines, coordinating work with multiple departments and functions.
Track record as a strong team player with demonstrated ability to successfully build trusting relationships with staff and stakeholders across the organization.
Systems thinker with an aptitude for proactively building systems.
Excellent vendor management skills including demonstrated ability to develop and manage executive vendor relationships.
Uses analytical and critical thinking skills to solve problems.
Comfortable with ambiguity and capable of building structure in order to minimize or eliminate unknowns.
Consistently uses good judgment.
Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow.
Strong customer service mindset with sense of humility.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Strong negotiating and contract management skills.
Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook and Google Apps and ability to navigate new software platforms.


Alliance is committed to a being a Best Place to Work, where employees find meaning and joy in their work every day, within a culture of collaboration, support, and excellence. Alliance is proud to offer the following benefits to Home Office employees:

Competitive salaries commensurate with experience.
A personalized health benefits package, built from a choice of medical, dental and vision coverage plans with a fully covered monthly premium for an individual employee (up to $750/month).
An employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of your regular earnings, beginning immediately upon your start date.
Paid time off benefits that include an annual accrual of 15 vacation days and 10 sick days, in addition to 11 paid holidays and paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Employer-paid monthly parking benefit or the option of receiving a reimbursement for using public transportation or a stipend for walking or cycling to work.

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