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Strategic Sourcing Manager

Job ID 8599 Location Miami Date posted 07/03/2024 Work Style Hybrid

Company Overview

As the parent company overseeing our nine distinctive brands worldwide, Carnival Corporation plays a vital role in providing integral support and strategic direction to each brand across various departments. We strive to deliver unforgettable happiness to our guests by providing extraordinary cruise vacations, while honoring the integrity of every ocean we sail, place we visit and life we touch. As a member of our team, you will help lead the way in innovative and sustainable cruising, delivering memorable vacations and building borderless connections.

Our Culture Essentials

Joining the Carnival team means embracing our six Culture Essentials, which are the cornerstone values shaping our identity, principles, and actions. These beliefs and behaviors not only define who we are but also unite us as a team, guiding us in decision-making, fostering relationships, tackling challenges, and reaching milestones. These culture essentials propel us toward a shared vision of success, ensuring a collective effort in shaping our future.

  • Speak Up
  • Respect & Protect
  • Empower
  • Improve
  • Listen & Learn
  • Communicate


Job ID 8599 Location Miami, FL Date posted 07/03/2024

Job Description

The Manager – Strategic Sourcing will be a key part of the strategic sourcing and supply chain processes for Casino and Onboard Media Content across all Carnival Corporation & plc Cruise Lines.

Working closely with the Vice President – Global Strategic Sourcing and the Senior Manager – Global Casino Sourcing & Supply Chain, this individual will play an integral part in identifying, developing, and executing strategic sourcing initiatives for these categories. 

The Manager – Strategic Sourcing will work with suppliers as well as each cruise line onboard media professionals and with the Global Casino Operations team members.   The individual is responsible for aligning strategies with business requirements, building trust with stakeholders and obtaining buy-in, strategically sourcing and negotiating contracts with suppliers.  Further, the Manager – Strategic Sourcing will assist in the identifying, developing, and implementing process improvements in the sourcing and supply chain process for these categories, or in others as requested.  

Essential Functions:

Strategic Sourcing – Onboard Media & Casino

  • Work with Corporate and Cruise Line leadership to develop the sourcing and procurement strategies for onboard media and casino, aligning with the companywide goals and objectives. 
  • Partner with stakeholders to effectively leverage scale, simplify the supplier base, reduce total cost of ownership, improve guest and crew satisfaction. Manage differing interests towards a holistic solution which will benefit the organization as a whole. 
  • Execute category strategies following the 7-step sourcing process and Global Strategic Sourcing’s processes.
  • Create strategic supplier partnerships that create a competitive advantage for the corporation. 
  • Provide a significant positive financial impact by optimizing commercial terms through negotiations.
  • Improve tactical sourcing processes and create a plan to transfer sourcing work from tactical to strategic.
  • Leverage a market perspective to quickly assimilate external information (e.g.  market drivers, macroeconomic conditions, etc.)  to anticipate its impact across the business and work with leadership to develop associated strategies and action plans to maximize the opportunity.
  • Deliver against initiatives including savings and “total cost of ownership” targets and goals.

Analytics & Reporting – Onboard Media & Casino

  • Acting as a financial steward, spearhead and manage projects to reduce total cost of ownership while meeting financial business goals and objectives (e.g., costs, service, quality, policies, supply & risk mitigation). 
  • Participate in the development of business analytics and reporting including creating KPI reporting, analysis and communication with leadership.
  • Utilize data to identify sourcing and other opportunities, then create action plans and implement.
  • Utilize data to analyze results and quantify savings.

Process Efficiencies – Onboard Media & Casino

  • Use continuous improvement principles and methodologies to drive process efficiency by minimizing transactional work and issue reoccurrence.

Relationship Management – Suppliers and Stakeholders of Onboard Media & Casino

  • Establish and maintain relationships with vendors and internal stakeholders by meeting with them regularly to gain intricate knowledge of their needs and leverage points for each area.  Further, stay abreast of key business strategies, annual goals/objectives, economic challenges / opportunities, current trends, requirements, changes, etc. 
  • Follow a heightened service excellence approach to exceed on customers’ expectations. 
  • Build and maintain trusting working relationships by permanently assessing on needs and delivering upon those. 
  • Perform project management duties which will include overseeing and ensuring quality delivery of assigned projects; collect, measure, report and communicate progress with key stakeholders. Further, apply project management concepts to deliver on time commitments. 


  • Minimum Education:  Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree a plus
  • Discipline/Major:  Supply Chain, Finance, Business Administration or related
  • Required Certifications:  CPM certification or equivalent is preferred
  • Required Years and Area of Professional Experience:  5 – 8 years of experience in strategic sourcing & supply chain. Strong experience in sourcing strategy creation and execution (e.g., 7 Step sourcing methodology).  Media experience is a plus.  Casino experience is a plus.
  • Critical Professional Related Technical/Computer Skills:  Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Outlook, TEAMS, Word). Expertise in MS Excel, PowerPoint. Power BI knowledge a plus. Expertise with Sourcing/Procurement systems.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain required
  • Media and casino preferred


  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong business acumen
  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated expertise in conducting complex analyses and distilling into a clear, concise business case
  • Strong facilitation and project management skills
  • Strong ability to interface with all levels and across departments
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative thinking / problem solving


  • High energy and team player
  • Ability to learn quickly in a fast-paced, rapidly changing, environment 
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently 
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently or as part of a team 
  • Ability to manage time effectively, set priorities and meet deadlines


  • Tactical:  Decisions focus on intermediate-term issues. The purpose of decisions made at this level are to help move CCL closer to reaching strategic goals. Outcomes are predictable. After a decision is made by Top Executive Leadership, the next phase is to take the needed steps to implement it. Examples are: The amount of money required to implement, which advertising agency to promote a new service or to provide an incentive plan to employees to encourage increased revenue
  • Operational: Decisions focus on day-to-day activities within the company. Decisions made at this level help to ensure that daily activities proceed smoothly and therefore help to move the company toward reaching a strategic goal. They have short term consequences. Examples are: Handling employee conflicts, purchasing materials needed for operations.

Physical Demands:  Must be able to remain in a stationary position at a desk and/or computer for extended periods of time. 

Travel:  Less than 25% with non-shipboard travel likely.

Work Conditions:  Work in a climate-controlled environment with minimal safety/health hazard potential.

The range for this role’s salary $75,900-$135,000.  Offers to the selected candidates will be made on a fair and equitable basis, taking into account specific job-related skills and experience. 

At Carnival, your total rewards package is much more than your base salary. All non-sales roles participate in an annual cash bonus program, while sales roles have an incentive plan. Director and above roles may also be eligible to participate in Carnival’s discretionary equity incentive plan. Plus, Carnival provides comprehensive and innovative benefits to meet your needs, including:

  • Health Benefits: 
    • Cost-effective medical, dental and vision plans
    • Employee Assistance Program and other mental health resources
    • Additional programs include company paid term life insurance and disability coverage
  • Financial Benefits: 
    • 401(k) plan that includes a company match
    • Employee Stock Purchase plan
  • Paid Time Off 
    • Holidays – All full-time and part-time with benefits employees receive days off for 7 company-wide holidays, plus an additional floating holiday to be taken at the employee’s discretion.
    • Vacation Time – All full-time employees at the manager and below level start with 14 days/year; director and above level start with 19 days/year.  Part-time with benefits employees receive time off based on the number of hours they work, with a minimum of 84 hours/year.  All employees gain additional vacation time with further tenure.
    • Sick Time – All full-time employees receive 80 hours of sick time each year.  Part-time with benefits employees receive time off based on the number of hours they work, with a minimum of 60 hours each year. 
  • Other Benefits 
    • Complementary stand-by cruises, employee discounts on confirmed cruises, plus special rates for family and friends
    • Personal and professional learning and development resources including tuition reimbursement
    • On-site preschool program, wellness center, and health clinic at our Miami campus



About Us

In addition to other duties/functions, this position requires full commitment and support for promoting ethical and compliant culture. More specifically, this position requires integrity, honesty, and respectful treatment of others, as well as a willingness to speak up when they see misconduct or have concerns.

Carnival Corporation & plc is a global cruise company and one of the largest vacation companies in the world. Our portfolio of leading cruise brands includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn in North America; P&O Cruises, and Cunard Line in the United Kingdom; AIDA in Germany; Costa Cruises in Southern Europe; and P&O Cruises in Australia. Our employees have a responsibility to be accountable for all actions. We consider the environment in all aspects of our business and have a responsibility to put safety andsustainability first. We live and share a positive attitude which is based on fostering an environment of inclusion, trust, a willingness to listen, openness and integrity.

Carnival Corporation & plc and Carnival Cruise Line is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. In this regard, it does not discriminate against any qualified individual on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, mental, physical or sensory disability or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, federal and/or international law.

Benefits as a member of Carnival's Team:
  • A comprehensive benefit program which includes medical, dental and vision plans
  • Additional programs include company paid term life insurance and disability coverage and a 401(k) plan that includes a company match
  • Employee Stock Purchase plan
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Cruise benefits
  • An on-site fully accredited preschool educational program located at our Doral campus
  • An on-site Wellness Center and Health clinic at our Doral campus
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Employee Benefits

  • Hybrid Work Environment

    Empowering work-life integration and flexible opportunities for your personal and career success

  • Wellness Programs

    Comprehensive employer wellness programs featuring mental health support and fitness options, including an on-site gym

  • Cruise Benefits

    An array of qualified complimentary and heavily discounted cruise options for the ultimate dream getaway

  • Parental Programs

    Generous parental leave time and adoption assistance programs

  • Retirement Plan

    Secure your future with our exceptional Traditional and Roth 401(k) options complemented by valuable company contributions

  • Employee Stock Purchase

    Invest in tomorrow with the opportunity to purchase Carnival shares at a discounted rate from their fair market value

In addition to the above, we offer PTO and company holidays as well as a variety of medical, dental, and voluntary plans


We celebrate our diverse team of over 160,000 team members representing 150 countries and are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment where people from different backgrounds, experiences, and walks of life can succeed. We know our team members are at the heart of inspiring unforgettable happiness, so we strive to be the world’s number-one choice for hospitality, travel and leisure careers.

I think one of the great things about Carnival is that you have a leadership team that is down to earth and truly cares about its employees. Balancing their respect for the company’s workforce (ship and shore) with their steep industry and business operations knowledge, and you’ve got a team that can take the company to new heights.

Victoria Director of Global Financial Planning and Analysis Coffee Connoisseur

Carnival Corporation invests in its people. I started my career here nearly 20 years ago as a deck cadet. Carnival has supported my professional development and provided many career growth opportunities.

Andrew Vice President of Global Maritime Technology Systems History Buff

I love working at Carnival because its ethos perfectly aligns with my own. The company’s personable leadership, cultural integrity, and sustainability initiatives creates a vibrant environment where you constantly feel motivated and find opportunities to improve.

Kaleigh HESS and Sustainability Quality Assurance Manager Paddle Board Pro

I am valued as my whole self and not just as my title.

Sandra Executive Assistant Sand and Surf Enthusiast

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