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Sourcing Specialist II, Imagineering R&D

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 896712BR Location Orlando, Florida, United States; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States; Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Dec. 02, 2021

Job Summary:

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

The focus of this role is to partner with business stakeholders in Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development (within Theme Parks and Resorts Strategic Sourcing) to execute sourcing decisions in selecting service providers to maximize the value of multi-million dollar annual spend, and to mitigate risks through smart contract negotiations. This includes strategically managing the spend through effective Category and Supplier Relationship Management, writing contracts, running RFPs, negotiating deals including master agreements, managing suppliers, ensuring regulatory compliance including FCPA and insurance, facilitating process improvements and bringing stakeholders together for collaboration to leverage opportunities. We serve as the connective element within Imagineering Research and Development by creating broader opportunities than what is initially thought possible

WDI R&D invests in new ideas, invents novel technology and develops functioning prototypes. They drive value through productizing first articles for deployment and create platforms for creative experiences. Innovation and creativity come together to bring life to the next generation Park’s experiences for our guests worldwide.


Join a dynamic team that is responsible for the strategic sourcing for the Imagineering Research and Development group within the Disney Company, building relationships with key executives, putting in place contracts, leading deal negotiations and RFP’s. You will work on a wide variety of initiatives that will keep the role exciting, exposing you to many research and service providing industries, such as engineering, scientists, and various creative individuals from many areas of expertise enabling your growth in relationship building, creative problem solving, process improvement, sourcing, contract writing and other key skills as you partner together with the team. Every day is different, and there are countless opportunities to contribute value to the business, while growing your own skills & capabilities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ Years of strategic sourcing with at least 3 years of services category sourcing
  • Builds strong working relationships
  • Excellent time management and analytical skills
  • Strategic thinker & creative problem solver
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability and attention to detail related to contract writing
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently
  • Advanced negotiation skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity
  • Ability to analyze a situation, and develop coherent insights and strategies.
  • Experience with SAP or other ERP
  • Strong PC skills ( Excel, Access, Power Point and Word)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with and/or for firms who provide professional or engineering services

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, or related field

Preferred Education

  • Master’s Degree/MBA

About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

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 Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

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