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Sr. Manager - Strategic Sourcing & Category Manager

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Date: Apr 6, 2017

Location: Broomfield, CO, US

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts. You're someone who pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo. You're brave, ambitious and passionate in everything you do. And we want you on our team. Pursue your fullest potential and never settle in the quest to deliver extraordinary guest service. Join one of the world's 50 most innovative companies as named by Fast Company, and re-imagine a mountain resort experience with us. Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.

Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.

Vail Resorts, Inc. is the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations.  The Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing reports to the Director of Procurement and is responsible for driving value and leading innovation within the F&B/Hospitality procurement department.  This leader will achieve business results across our resorts and segments, inject innovation and thought leadership into a broad set of procurement activities, and develop procurement team members. Working with this leader will be one direct report. Specific responsibilities include:


Out Front: Serve as a thought leader aligning Vail Resorts sourcing objectives and strategies with overall business objectives.

Drive: Focus on results. Lead strategic thinking in critical areas of food and beverage, hospitality operations, and strategic supplier management.

Re-Imagine: Join the team that is create a vision and long term roadmap for Vail Resorts Procurement. Take well-reasoned and prudent risks.

Drive Value: Understand our business, our suppliers, and our shareholder expectations, to drive value and business results through innovation.

Connect: Inspire trust and build strong relationships across locations, functions and business segments. Recognize their interdependencies. Collaborate with teams to execute the most effective supplier strategies. Work closely with supplier partners.

Develop: Demonstrate self-awareness, adaptability and passion for personal growth and development. Unlock the team’s potential through talent development, clear direction-setting and barrier removal. Help all team members achieve their best potential.


Specific Duties:

  • Identify and leverage opportunities and directly negotiate programs to achieve the lowest total cost of ownership across category and/or product line.
  • Develop and execute category strategies related to Food & Beverage and/or Hospitality.
  • Build and communicate category intelligence throughout the company.
  • Perform spend analysis and develop a sourcing roadmap focused on cost savings, process improvement and supplier management.
  • Implement supplier performance strategies that ensure ongoing cost improvements, on time delivery, quality and service and Procurement value.
  • Build and sustain strong relationships with internal stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with other business units to identify and implement savings initiatives.



  • Excellent negotiating skills
  • Strong analytical skills with complex problem solving
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Superior judgment and initiative
  • High degree of integrity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills ( MS Word, Excel, Outlook)


Credentials we’re looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or equivalent (prefer Supply Chain Management or equivalent degree)
  • At least 7 years of progressive experience in Supply Chain / Procurement
  • At least 7 years of Purchasing experience
  • APP/CPM/CPSM preferred
  • Experience sourcing and developing relationships with outside suppliers
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Demonstrated success at increasing team and employee engagement


Have Fun. Serve Others. Do Right. Drive Value. Do Good. Be Safe.

These are the values Vail Resorts employees embrace daily. Vail Resorts employees are good at what they do and we welcome people who bring enthusiasm, pride and a commitment to creating an Experience of a Lifetime to our stakeholders.


Vail Resorts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


We offer a variety of career opportunities at our world-class resorts and corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado in fields like Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Marketing, Sales & Communications and more. Our corporate team shares both a passion for the outdoors and a drive to re-imagine the mountain resort experience around the world. Learn more at
Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.


Requisition ID 129431

Nearest Major Market: Denver

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