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Manager, Corporate Purchasing Supplier Diversity

Location: Fort Worth, TX
Job # 11734686
Date Posted: 12-14-2018
This job is a member of the Finance Team within the Finance Division. The Supplier Diversity Manager oversees the Supplier Diversity program for American Airlines Group, including the small business subcontracting and diverse supplier programs. The Supplier Diversity Manager coordinates, communicates, and provides guidance in achieving the goals of these programs. This entails
establishing program goals, providing training and resources, identifying areas of opportunity and developing strategies to address, and eliminating barriers to
the program's success. The Supplier Diversity Manager will solicit cooperation from the entire company to support these programs and provide the information
to validate the process. The Supplier Diversity Manager is responsible for ensuring that all data collection and reporting deadlines are met.
Specifically, you’ll do the following:
  • Provides vision, strategic direction, and execution for the Supplier Diversity Program
  • Articulates the value of small and diverse suppliers in American's supply chain to build internal support for the programs with leadership and employees involved in selecting suppliers
  • Builds relationships with community organizations, suppliers, and employees
  • Finds potential small and diverse suppliers for inclusion in American's procurement process, introduces them to the correct contacts, and guides them through the procurement process
  • Liaises with Purchasing, Sales, Legal, Government Affairs, and Inclusion and Diversity to ensure the program's success
About The Job (Continued)
  • Manages AA's external partnerships supporting the supplier diversity program
  • Recommends supplier diversity organization memberships and sponsorships, and negotiates with the organizations to get the best value for American
  • Represents American on various supplier diversity organization boards and committees in support of American's perspective
  • Assesses and recommends events AA to attend, plans and coordinates AA participation in supplier diversity conferences, luncheons, awards dinners, matchmaking, and roundtables
  • Leads supplier diversity advocates across the company to support initiatives and attend events
  • Responsible for company-wide program data collection and reporting:
    • Responds to surveys and benchmarking request
    • Maintains the supplier diversity portal and database
    • Collects data on diverse supplier spending across the company and produces small and diverse supplier reports, including government submissions
    • Leads the renewal process for Size Classification and 3rd Party Certifications from suppliers
  • Fully embodies American Airlines leadership attributes and models the behaviors of Caring, Collaboration, Development, Results and Future
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and/or 5 years of relevant experience in Business Administration / Management
  • Passion for inclusion and diversity
  • Understanding of the procurement process and how suppliers are selected
  • Skilled in building organizational and interpersonal business relationships and influencing people at various organizational levels
  • Team leader with strong customer orientation
  • Action-oriented leader with the natural ability and desire to effectively engage employees, stakeholders and suppliers to produce the required results
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to prioritize, plan and manage multiple tasks and effectively lead others
Preferred Qualifications
  • Supplier Diversity experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills needed to gain and build support for actions and direction

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