Director, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management

Day in the Life

Fabian Holladay, Director, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management, United States

I am responsible for our Indirect Strategic Sourcing group, a small but growing team within the Align supply chain that supports all non-product or non-material supplier requirements (e.g. IT software, marketing agencies, etc.). When a need arises for an external (supplier) solution, my team identifies potential suppliers, evaluates them, and negotiates pricing and contract terms. We also help manage the supplier relationship once we’ve initiated a project. I spend the majority of my time interacting with our internal business partners to understand their priorities, and with suppliers to manage their performance, develop bids, and develop our sourcing skills globally.    

I love my role because we support all the functions at Align. We must understand what our business partners and company do and need in order to communicate this information effectively to the supplier base. This critical understanding provides us with an opportunity to touch and influence a wide portion of the company. I love working at Align Technology. Rarely does one have the good fortune to engage in such interesting work within a company growing at such a rapid pace, where everybody is incredibly energized and willing to help each other.    

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