Princess Cruises Strategic Sourcing Specialist in SEATTLE, Washington

Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Santa Clarita

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Holland America Group is currently searching for a highly motivated Strategic Sourcing Specialist who will plan, develop and implement contracting strategies and procurement activities on complex, med-high value, med-high risk strategic projects. This role will typically be challenged with responsibility for a myriad of project types while ensuring best value and promoting client confidence and trust.

We welcome your interest in joining Holland America Group - a division of Carnival Corporation. Holland America Group includes Holland America Line and Seabourn (both headquartered in Seattle, Washington), Princess Cruise Lines (headquartered in Santa Clarita, California), and P&O Australia (headquartered in Sydney). Holland America Group operates a combined total of 41 cruise ships with 36,000 employees worldwide. This position is open to be located in Santa Clarita, CA or Seattle, WA


  • Works with management and stakeholders to plan and implement early procurement opportunities and activities in medium-high value strategic projects.

  • Use 7-step sourcing process to develop sourcing strategies for the technology category.

  • Develops project scope and articulation, and procurement plan; identifies project and technology spend opportunities to leverage Company volume.

  • Locates, analyzes, develops and recommends preferred sources of supply, both domestically and internationally, to satisfy business requirements.

  • Negotiates agreements with suppliers on medium-high risk/medium-high value projects.

  • Interfaces with other Carnival Corporation operating companies to benchmark spend against marketplace. Participates in and/or leads ABG or specific interdepartmental procurement initiatives to generate savings and efficiencies.

  • Implements and executes procurement strategies in line with supply chain and client departments’ missions.

  • Applies knowledge of supply chain management and global commodities within the technology arena to ensure product delivery and quality, and product problem avoidance and resolution.

  • Executes medium-high value complex procurements using best practices.

  • Enters into and maintains contracts maximizing cost competitiveness and leveraging projects, as well as brand/group level and corporate spend volumes while ensuring that procurements are in compliance with company procedures.

  • Gathers and interprets data; utilizing key procurement information, system technology, e-commerce, and systems to execute contracts and purchase orders, perform spend analysis, and generate reports.

  • Develops and issues RFx’s, evaluates bids, recommends suppliers and negotiates agreements, monitors and administers agreements and change orders insuring compliance with Company and Department policies and procedures, prepares procurement approval memos.

  • Monitors supplier performance and takes corrective action to ensure goods and services are delivered as contracted.

  • Works with Manager to establish savings targets, tracks, meets and reports savings in monthly reports and other department performance metrics.


  • BS/BA, MBA or demonstrable related work experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years related experience in strategic sourcing and contracting with progressively responsible assignments including project procurement and management, professional services and hardware/software contracting.

  • Prior technology strategic sourcing experience.

  • Expert level of negotiation skills and practices, price/cost analysis, contract formation and administration, project procurement, sourcing, distribution and logistics processes.

  • Ability to lead, manage, and influence in a cross-functional team environment.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines and work under pressure, while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Ability to gather and analyze information skillfully.

  • Identify and resolve problems efficiently and effectively.

  • Proficient in the use of computer business applications.


  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or Certified Professional Supply Manager (CPSM) certification


  • Flexible Work Schedule! 9/80 alternative workweek schedule providing each employee with one (1) weekday off every two weeks

  • Time off benefits - 8 paid holidays, paid vacation, bonus vacation time and paid sick time

  • Travel - Cruise and Travel Privileges for you and your family

  • Health - Complete benefit plans including medical, dental, vision and flexible spending accounts

  • Wellness - Health and wellness programs include onsite exercise classes, onsite nutrition and lifestyle classes and discounted gym memberships

  • Education Assistance - up to 80% with a maximum of $3000 per calendar year

  • Training - In-house Discover U courses on professional development

  • 401(k) - Company match up to 6% of salary at 50% for the first 5 years and 100% thereafter

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan - up to a 15% discount off of FMV of CCL stock

  • Rewards & Incentives - Employee Recognition and Reward Programs; rideshare, financial commuter incentives and free parking; special employee discounts for banking services and retail stores

Next Steps… Apply today and set sail on an exciting new career course! Our goal is to be the number one cruise and cruise-tour provider. To make that happen, we need qualified, top-notch team members. If you’re looking to get your talent noticed, apply today! Our application process is quick and easy:

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Princess Cruises is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability or protected veteran status.