Shared Services Procure to Pay Lead

Company Name:
Bridgestone Americas
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber company.
Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.
The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.
Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.
This position sets the strategic direction for the Procure to Pay Operations areas, defining and planning for the achievement of goals and objectives; ensures team achieves the optimal balance between cost, efficiency and service delivery; balances efforts between operations, client interfacing work, and strategic efforts in improving technologies, service delivery, and efficiency; effectively aligns with other Bridgestone entities and COEs to ensure seamless delivery of
services
. This position is responsible for ensuring financial controls are executed and that there are high levels of productivity, quality and operational performance across all purchasing and payment channels
Supervision
This position will have direct responsibility for the NA based employees within the PtP area, specifically responsible for Tier 2 support, client interface and technology enablement. The position with have transactional team based in Costa Rica as a dotted line reporting.
Establish and lead procure to pay process (accounts payable, purchase order management, master data) in order to ensure an efficient, effective and comprehensive service to the NA business.
Ensure that procure to pay processes are well documented, make best use of technology and process and are integrated into ways of working and systems across the business.
Lead and plan vendor payment processing across internal teams and sourced contractual arrangements to ensure an efficient, effective and cost effective function.
Integrate a range of information system, platforms, processes, stakeholder and vendor relationships related to payment processing to ensure the financial integrity of the company and improve customer/client satisfaction.
Recruit, motivate and develop both professional and operational teams across all reporting functions in order to maximize flexibility and effectiveness and promote positive team working and cultural change.
Establish and agree key performance targets and financial budgets in the short and long term in order to optimize business performance and maintain the effectiveness of payments and purchasing with set objectives.
Develop and grow strong relationships and communications internally and externally to ensure alignment of expectations and to develop efficiencies where possible.
Develop processes to remain both flexible and robust and review all policies in order to ensure they are integrated with strategic business objectives
Determine, agree and improve contractual requirements/Service Level Agreements (SLA) with Shared Services suppliers in order to meet service specifications and deliver against business objectives.
Review and challenge existing policies and processes to ensure they are compliant and fit for purpose in providing exceptional customer service and accurately record and track procurement and payment processing.
Lead the relationships with business stakeholders, ensuring business support stakeholders, Procurement and Finance in order to maintain and improve master data management processes and capabilities.
Bachelors Degree Business or related field.
7-10 years of experience in operations management.
Experience in Procure to Pay Process ideally with experience of managing both operational and professional functions.
Knowledge of financial management, reporting and planning and sourcing/contracting processes
Expert on the end to end Procure to Pay Process and builds collaborative networks internally and externally to improve understanding at both a strategic and operational level.
Strong negotiating and leadership skills with the ability to lead from the front in meeting levels of performance.
Is visionary in understanding the issues which Bridgestone is facing today with the ability to make complex ideas or situations clear, simple and easy to understand.
Understanding of best ways to utilize teams processes and contracts in order to drive greater performance and reduce costs to the business, taking into account the wider business context.
Experience in leading process excellence and performance improvement.
Exceptional communication skills - both written and verbal.
Ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal.
Problem solving and root cause identification skills.
Able to work effectively at all levels in an organization.
Date: 2014-03-13
Country: US
State: TN
City: Nashville
Postal Code: 37214
Job Type: Regular Full-Time

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