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Indirect Procurement Spec

Indirect Procurement Spec

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General Function



Wolverine Worldwide is a global marketer of branded footwear, apparel, and accessories. With an established global footprint that spans approximately 200 countries and territories, as well as a rock-solid infrastructure, Wolverine Worldwide is dedicated to advancing the following brands that comprise the ever-expanding portfolio: Bates, Chaco, Cat Footwear, Harley Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, and Wolverine. Wolverine Worldwide’s continued success is driven by our ability to stay true to our simple mission: we empower, engage and inspire our consumers – every step of the way.


This position reports directly into the Indirect Procurement Manager and will be responsible to work with Business Unit Owners throughout the company to facilitate, develop and manage the strategic sourcing process for indirect spend on goods and services. This position will leverage in-depth strategic analysis and execution on moderate risk projects. The role will contribute to team process improvements. This position involves gaining and applying knowledge of the goods and services purchased by areas within the company to provide the best value to Wolverine in product selection, quality, service and pricing. This position will also be responsible for the reporting and tracking savings, as well as periodic presentations to management.

Primary Duties


  • Execute, with limited guidance from the IP Manager, the Strategic Sourcing process with other areas of the company and help to provide recommendations, defined processes and strategies, project updates and reporting.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative procurement strategies while aligning processes and policies to meet specific business requirements.
  • Assist and provide input in the development of templates for the Vendor Management process (scorecards, questionnaires, supplier meetings, annual performance reviews, etc.).
  • Work with IP Management and key stakeholders to minimize costs and maximize value by applying best / leading practices across new / nontraditional supplier development, negotiations and bench mark modeling.
  • Educate project teams and stakeholders on the Wolverine Indirect Procurement process through various project assignments.
  • Maintain and demonstrate an approach in sourcing and vendor relationships that in all cases are above ethical standards and in alignment with the Wolverine Way.
  • Work with stakeholders and risk management to ensure compliance with policies and programs in alignment with the overall procurement strategy.
  • Coordinate reviews of vendor proposals; negotiate pricing, payment terms, growth programs, warranties and service agreements to bring the best value to Wolverine.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendor partners to facilitate best value and strategic sourcing.
  • Responsible to track and report on savings, make recommendations, award business, issue agreements, implement new programs and resolve vendor disputes.
  • Performs duties consistent with the company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required


  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s preferred)
  • Supply Chain / Procurement / Legal educational focus, certification, education or experience required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Moderate knowledge of contracts to be able to assess risk and perform an initial contract review independently
  • 2 – 3 years of experience or equivalent education
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to identify trends
  • Effective Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and SharePoint skills
  • Clearly and succinctly present information to stakeholders at all levels of management
  • Experience with spend analysis and RFx tools
  • Solid negotiations preparation and execution skills
  • Highly motivated and results orientated
  • Experience in planning and executing processes

Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).