Brandi Mahurin-Wright

Brandi Mahurin-Wright

Sourcing Category Manager, Technology, American Cancer Society

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Creatively managing the business-side of information technology and telecommunications; including sourcing and procurement, vendor relations, contracts and project management, asset inventory and management, building policies and procedures and process improvement.


JOB TITLE: Sourcing Category Manager, Technology, American Cancer Society

FUNCTION: IT & Telecommunication

INDUSTRY: Charities & Not for profit

CATEGORY: Telecommunications

CURRENT LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY: Other

PRIMARY PROCUREMENT SYSTEM: Other



Work experience

Sourcing Category Manager, Technology

American Cancer Society

November 2013 - Present | Milwaukee, WI, USA

Lead the identification, management, and implementation of information technology based nationwide/enterprise strategic sourcing initiatives in support of the ACS mission. Provide context, expert category/commodity education and advice to senior members across the Society in order to drive significant process and supply base change. Serve as category manager for Telecommunications commodity.

Manage internal key stakeholders and key supplier relationships; Educate key stakeholders on strategic sourcing, supply chain, and category management best practices, often requiring senior level involvement with CIO and other senior leaders. Identify future sourcing opportunities and appropriate team members/stakeholders to participate in order to complete project deliverables.

Drive continuous improvement in all aspects of assigned categories (e.g.: supplier improvements, cost reductions, procure to pay process improvements, people/organizational designs, operational processes and supplier optimization). Assist with development of standards, guidelines, and policy compliance requirements at a category and universal level; ensure effective risk and compliance management in assigned categories

Develop RFPs and lead analysis of supplier proposals to make recommendations to stakeholders. Lead supplier negotiations process and participate with other company key stakeholders in the development of supplier agreements and contracts.

Achievements:
 Lead the creation of our first strategy and category management plan as the Sourcing Category Manager for Telecommunications.
 Developed key relationships, within the first six months of role, with technical staff and IT management at all levels to build trust and create a cohesive team to ensure sourcing and IT requirements are met during procurement initiatives.
 Lead aggregating voice services efforts to reduce total number of vendors and contracts and reduce costs; which has resulted in a over $1M in savings.

Director of Operations

American Cancer Society, Inc.

January 2009 - November 2013 ( 4 years, 10 months ) | Milwaukee, WI, USA

Lead the sourcing, procurement and contracts for division leases, telecommunications, software, hardware, and other facility related services. Oversaw Vendor Relations, which included accounts payable, supplier diversity, information technology and property management.

Provided strategy and direction for the facilities management program of work for 17 offices, four Hope Lodges and two Discovery Shops; advanced skills in project management, managing the budget planning process, budget tracking, forecasting, fixed assets/capital budget and staff oversite.

Responsible for the establishment of policies and procedures for facility management, procurement, front desk, asset management, mobile/smart phone allowances, risk management and disaster recovery, pool vehicles, office space and furniture, etc. for the Midwest Division.

Lead Discovery Shop operations including: establishing annual business plan, sales forecasting and reporting; annual budget and inventory; shop expansion and staff oversite.

Specialties: Telecommunications; Hardware and Software Procurement; Vendor Relationship Management; Contract Negotiations and Management; Budget Planning & Tracking; Computer Help Desk Setup and Management; Project Management and Process Improvement; Retail Management; Facilities and Real Estate Management.

Achievements:
 Created a Software Inventory to track our physical software media, as well as our key codes and the # of licenses and a back-up method in case of disaster.
 Created and then managed the Knowledgebase, which was upgraded to match our Support Tickets Categorization; making it easier for anaylsts and technicians to find answers to common issues while assisting staff.
 Streamlined the telecommunications accounts and setup voice contracts for all locations, and established new audio conference vendors, saving the American Cancer Society over $100,000 over 5 years.
 Centralized the Imaging of PCs and the Warranty and Break/Fix functions.

Procurement & Support Services Manager

American Cancer Society, Inc.

October 2005 - December 2008 ( 3 years, 2 months ) | Milwaukee, WI USA

Manage two Help Desk Analysts, the Operations and Procurement Coordinator, and an intern that functions as back-up for the Help Desk and Operations.
Primary responsibilities include centralized purchasing of all technology, including hardware, software, peripherals, telecommunications and consulting services, etc.; vendor relationship management, IT Sourcing Council Chairperson - which lead our national annual RFP for hardware and software; Ariba content expert; Contract management; Software and Hardware inventory management; Project manager for Operations and IT Budget process; and coordination of the Warranty and Break/Fix repairs needed on Desktops, Laptops, Printers and Servers. I also coordinate with 27 Office Managers via an informal relationship, by providing guidance with operations management decisions, vendor and contract issues, budget and accounting, and video teleconferencing planning, training and support. I also manage other adhoc projects as required.

Education

Bradley University

BS of Communication

1990 - 1994

Areas of study included all aspects of communication, emphasis in public relations, services marketing, graphic design and intercultural relations.