Purchasing Manager

14 West in Baltimore, MD

  • Type: Full Time
position filled

14 West, an Agora Company, is looking for a Purchasing Manager to join our team. The Purchasing Manager will be responsible for 14 West corporate procurement strategies. This manager will play a key role in helping to design and optimize the procurement function within 14 West. This role will lead the implementation of the procurement module within the Company’s Netsuite ERP. This manager will plan, organize, and control all activities related to the procurement function including supplier and contract management; will develop annual procurement plans by working with corporate leaders to identify strategic categories; and will ensure an efficient and effective procurement process which reliably meets stakeholder requirements and drive down cost of corporate operations.

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, 14 West was voted one of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces by The Baltimore Sun.

You can learn more about life at 14 West by checking out our WestWord blog.


Assist in the development, implementation and continuous improvement of a best-in-class strategic procurement organization and all respective strategic processes as the champion for the corporate area.

Ensure execution of all common procurement strategies including strategic sourcing, supplier management, and contract management in coordination with other corporate functions.

Plan, organize and execute all sourcing activities related to the procurement function and participate in procurement process and systems implementation and continuous improvement.

Evaluate spend categories to determine priority, and evaluate areas of greatest opportunity.

Determine areas for strategic sourcing of equipment, supplies, and services with affiliate stakeholders.

Establish vendor selection criteria; review vendor responses, contracts, bids, proposals, agreements, purchase orders and contract claims.

Execute opportunities timely and report value and savings achieved.

Develop vendor performance standards and measurements.

Assist organization to adopt decisions regarding sourcing and transactional processes, policies, strategies, and projects.


Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree is desirable.

Minimum of 8 years successful experience in procurement of corporate spend categories.

Experience working in an ERP environment (Netsuite Preferred).

Experience implementing procurement software preferred.

Experience working with businesses who procure and sell inventory preferred.

Direct hands-on experience in sourcing information technology, telecom, marketing/advertising, nutritional supplements, employee benefits, facility/property management, audit/consulting, legal, print, and travel.

Demonstrated success in all areas of procurement management including financial modeling and analyses, cross-functional collaboration, business acumen and the ability to drive sourcing and leverage procurement technology.

Demonstrated cross-functional team leadership and change management leadership.

Demonstrated ability to gain company-wide support for center-led initiatives.

Ability to conduct a high level of qualitative and quantitative research, analysis and synthesis.

Best practices knowledge and strong experience with strategic sourcing, procurement, and contracting.

Excellent communication and negotiation skills.

Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or other professional procurement accreditation highly desirable (or a plus).

This individual will be an individual contributor leader driving and executing the corporate procurement activities and will be expected to achieve value and savings targets in the corporate spend area.

We offer a wide variety of benefits, programs, and services to our employees, including:

Medical, vision, and dental insurance plans.

Employer-subsidized parking.

401(k) plan with employer matching.

Generous vacation time and paid holidays.

Fitness programs and discounts.

Casual dress code.

If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to the link provided.

About 14 West

14 West is the business services arm of The Agora, a network for more than 40 of the world’s most innovative media and marketing companies. By relying on us, The Agora Companies enjoy the unique luxury of focusing on the work they want to do… not the work they have to do. We share a history and a heritage with the businesses we support, and custom tailor our administrative and technical strategies to suit them. We believe passion is a critical ingredient in the services we provide. And we strive to deliver leading-edge yet sustainable solutions that promote perpetual growth.



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