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American Express Global Business Travel Strategic Sourcing Specialist in Des Moines, Iowa

Amex GBT is a place where colleagues find inspiration in travel as a force for good and – through their work – can make an impact on our industry. We’re here to help our colleagues achieve success and offer an inclusive and collaborative culture where your voice is valued.

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The Strategic Sourcing Specialist will be part of the core Strategic Sourcing team, responsible for facilitating the vendor intake to onboarding activities in partnership with business collaborators with a strive to drive value and savings across the organization that will translate to our customers, suppliers, and employees. These efforts are in tight-knit collaboration with a number of teams and partners including Vendor Relationship Managers (VRMs), legal, risk & compliance, information security, privacy, and payments to ensure Amex GBT has a strategic, effective and compliant vendor program.

As a member of the Strategic Sourcing Organization, you will be part of a diverse and dedicated team who support the following categories:

  • Corporate Services

  • Product, Platform, & Technology

  • Sourcing Optimization and Operations

What You'll Do:

Vendor Engagements: Support the contract execution process for third-party vendor engagements as designated and assigned through the use of approved processes and tools including but not limited to:

  • Lead the vendor request intake process including triage, initial discussions with VRMs to understand scope of projects, guidance on prioritization and expectations, and handling Sourcing queue assignments

  • Coordinate contract feedback and recommended edits across the internal contracting subject matter authorities, VRMs, and vendors where appropriate

  • Facilitate final completion of agreements including customer sign-off, signing memos, and contract execution

  • Handle and maintain contract repository for all implemented agreements and supporting documentation

  • Perform pricing and commercial terms analysis

  • Support Amex GBT Managers in the set-up of the RFx

Operations & Optimization: Provide guidance, thought leadership, data analytics, and Sourcing operational excellence to support strategic planning across the organization, including but not limited to:

  • Own and handle the Strategic Sourcing shared inbox, responding and prioritizing questions and critical issues from partners across the organization

  • Become a subject matter expert with the Sourcing tools and technologies to ensure efficient collaboration

  • Drive business & data analysis including financial, contractual, and operational performance to support vendor initiatives, cost savings efforts, and enterprise-wide initiatives

  • Improve the value story of Strategic Sourcing through effective documentation and tracking of savings, cost avoidance, and / or revenue opportunities

  • Supervise and maintain third-party vendor validation including onboarding completion, appropriate documentation for purchase order approvals, vendor record validation and maintenance, and other general queries

  • Any additional change management support required including but not limited to Merger & Acquisitions, Sourcing operations and improvements, audit responses

  • Consider Amex GBT’s Environmental, Social, and Governance programs in all that we do

What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience, with a focus in Supply Chain and / or Finance preferred

  • Minimum 2-years prior experience supporting strategic sourcing principles including procurement, negotiations (client or vendor), contracting, purchasing, or the equivalent

  • Strong and proven commercial and financial acumen with a focus on partnership and negotiations

  • Excellent relationship management and collaboration skills across various areas of the business

  • Analytical, detail oriented, organized, and independent.

  • Critical thinking and thought leadership capabilities

  • Professional written, verbal, and presentation skills

  • Advanced Excel and data aggregation skills

  • Sourcing / procurement technology experience a plus

  • Able to collaborate with remote teams optimally

  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced and constantly evolving environment



United States - Virtual Location

The US national annual base salary range for this position is from $50,000 to $100,000. The national range provided includes the base salary that GBT expects to pay for the role. Actual base salary will be based on factors including the scope and complexity of the role and the successful candidate’s relevant experience, skills, knowledge, and work location.

In addition to base salary, this role is eligible for an annual Performance Based Incentive, which rewards participants based on company performance. For information about our comprehensive US benefits programs and eligibility, please review our Benefits-at-a-Glance document.

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The #TeamGBT Experience

Work and life: Find your happy medium at Amex GBT.

  • Flexible benefits are tailored to each country and start the day you do. These include health and welfare insurance plans, retirement programs, parental leave, adoption assistance, and more.

  • Travel perks: get a choice of deals each week from major travel providers on everything from flights to hotels to cruises and car rentals.

  • Develop the skills you want when the time is right for you, with global tuition assistance, access to over 20,000 courses on our learning platform, leadership courses, and new job openings available to internal candidates first.

  • We strive to champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in every aspect of our business at GBT. You can connect with colleagues through our global Inclusion Groups, centered around common identities or initiatives, to discuss challenges, obstacles, achievements, and drive company awareness and action.

  • Wellbeing resources to support mental and emotional health for you and your immediate family.

  • And much more!

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to age, gender identity (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status, citizenship or marital status. It is our policy to maintain an equal-opportunity environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias for our candidates, colleagues, clients and suppliers.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. Please, let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the hiring process. For more details, please consult GBT Recruitment Privacy Statement ( .

What if I don’t meet every requirement? If you’re passionate about our mission and believe you’d be a phenomenal addition to our team, don’t worry about “checking every box;" please apply anyway. You may be exactly the person we’re looking for!

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