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Sourcing Specialist

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 871495BR Location London, England, United Kingdom Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Nov. 02, 2021

Job Summary:

Job & LOB Summary

The individual will be part of Disney’s International Sourcing and Procurement division, which is responsible for Procurement activities outside of domestic US (mainly Europe).

The individual will be involved in sourcing initiatives with a specific focus on the broadcast, media and technology (BMT) spend areas across EMEA.

The Sourcing Specialist will be part of a team responsible for sourcing and procurement activities, with a focus on stakeholder management, category management, and technical solutions.

The Sourcing Specialist will execute sourcing initiatives, including market assessments, RFP development, bid strategies, supplier negotiation and contract development for assigned commodity groupings.

The Sourcing Specialist will conduct demand management analysis, supplier performance analysis and will be responsible for identifying and capturing cost savings.

The Sourcing Specialist will be expected to contribute to the BMT category plan and to lead development of sub-category plans for assigned commodity groupings.


The Opportunity & Responsibilities:
  • Perform external market research and supplier pre-qualification activities
  • Manage the collection of user requirements across all business units
  • Perform supplier selection activities in partnership with appropriate Business Unit and other procurement constituents
  • Prepare and execute clear, structured negotiations
  • Contribute to delivery of individual and category cost savings targets
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of market trends and conditions in the broadcast, media and technology space and understand how these affect suppliers, cost of goods/services, pricing, and the resulting impact to stakeholders
  • Use market knowledge and data analysis to identify savings opportunities and contribute to a future pipeline of opportunities that meet category specific targets
  • Utilize commodity specialists within the Business Units and elsewhere within sourcing for market knowledge and product expertise
  • Interact with and influence stakeholders across the business
  • Provide support to other territories as needed
  • Ensure compliance with sourcing policies and best practices
  • Participate in professional development activities to keep abreast of current industry best practices and continuously improve professional skills and technical expertise

Basic Qualifications:

The Experience We Require From You:
  • Experience within IT category and a willingness to develop knowledge in other areas
  • Experience in one or more of the core categories of spend, broadcast, production, post-production or digital distribution desired but not essential
  • Experience developing and implementing sourcing strategies and leading supplier negotiations
  • Ability to identify/solicit key stakeholder needs and develop solutions to address their needs
  • Ability to effectively communicate strategic value of sourcing to key stakeholders across multiple BUs
  • Excellent facilitation and project management skills and the ability to manage a range of sometimes competing stakeholder interests and expectations
  • Ability to analyse complex data and use this to develop sourcing opportunities
  • Ability to apply market knowledge to sourcing projects to create extra value for stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge of procurement practices and sourcing/supply chain trends and dynamics
  • Good understanding of Technology & Finance would be useful, but not essential.
  • Good understanding of legal aspects related to procurement contracts.
  • Ability to work with and influence stakeholders across Lines of Business and multiple markets
  • Professional certification – completed or in process of studying for Chartered Institute of Purchasing qualification, desired but not essential
  • Knowledge of some of the strategic challenges facing the media and entertainment sector is desirable.

Additional Information:

The Perks:
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Private medical insurance & dental care
  • Free Park Entry: You will have the opportunity to enter any of our parks with your family and friends for free
  • Disney Discounts: you are entitled to discounts on designated Disney products, resort F&B and ticketing
  • Flexible working hours are available
  • Excellent maternity & paternity leave
  • Business Resource Groups – Women @ Disney, Diversity @ Disney, Pride @ Disney etc.

The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our audiences, and where all can thrive and belong. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Walt Disney Company Ltd., which is part of a business segment we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

The Walt Disney Company Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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