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Sourcing Specialist

Posted May 14, 2022

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel
Highland, CA
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Reporting to the Purchasing Manager, the Sourcing Specialist is responsible for procurement of goods and services in addition to ongoing category management and supplier performance management that requires a moderate degree of experience, knowledge, and professionalism. The Sourcing Specialist is responsible for a spend portfolio of goods and services required for successful Casino and Tribal operations. Activities include creating spend analysis, RFI/RFP/RFQ cycles, supplier negotiations, trade and professional/personal services contracting and driving supplier performance management.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1. Represent Procurement Services in the development of RFI/RFP/RFQ packages for enterprise-wide needs, supplier assessment criteria and selection.

2. Solicit bids and proposals, conduct pre-bid meetings, evaluate and analyze supplier responses (including complex supplier proposals), negotiate and contract with selected suppliers as appropriate.  Arrange and conduct job walks, pre-bid or proposal conferences, vendor demonstrations and/or interviews for products or services.

3. Uphold sourcing strategies based on product/service volume and spend, departmental needs and expiring contracts.  Generate category spend reports, supplier score cards and coordinate/conduct supplier business reviews on behalf of San Manuel as needed.  Processes all Procurement transactions in compliance with established laws, ordinances, policies and ethical principles.                                                                                                                         

4. Assist end users with the development of specifications to ensure product and service needs are well-defined and quality standards are met.

5. Identify and realize cost-saving and cost-reduction opportunities, building a culture of long-term savings on procurement costs without compromising supply assurance or quality.

6. Arrange and conduct job walks, pre-bid or proposal conferences, vendor demonstrations and/or interviews for products or services.  Prepare bid summarizations and make recommendations to upper management

7. Collaborate with Logistics and AP to eliminate inefficiencies in the supply chain, reducing total costs, and increasing productivity.  Work with user departments- as well as vendors and manufacturers to consolidate product lines and obtain contracted pricing, allowances and rebates. 

8. Build and maintain vendor relationships in order to gather feedback, understand issues, recognize opportunities, and influence category strategies.

9. Perform other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.



  • Bachelors degree (or equivalent related experience) required.
  • Minimum of two (2) years related experience in a similar position required.
  • Must have strong organizational, customer service, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally, and seek guidance when required in a customer-centric environment.
  • On the job experience negotiating supplier contracts and supplier performance management preferred.
  • Positive communications skill, high energy level, continuous improvement mindset, and a sense of urgency are all integral to the role
  • Ability to leverage data and analytics to generate business cases in support of quantity buy decisions
  • Excellent team interpersonal skills and ability to handle multiple sourcing assignments while providing superior service.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and working knowledge of P2P systems
  • Knowledge of casino/gaming industry, suppliers, cost drivers a plus
  • Equivalent combination of education and progressive, relevant and direct experience may be considered in lieu of minimum educational/experience requirements indicated above.


  • Certification as a Public Purchasing Buyer (CPPB), Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P), or Certified Professional Purchaser (CPP) preferred.
  • A qualified candidate/employee must have a valid drivers license with an acceptable driving record as determined by the companys insurance carrier.
  • At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As one of the largest private employers in the Inland Empire, San Manuel deeply cares about the future, growth and well-being of its employees. Join our team today!

Additional Information

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their US work authorization during the employment verification process.

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Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346

Telephone 1-800-359-2464
Reservations (909) 864-8933

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About the company

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel was formerly named the San Manuel Casino.

We are located just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles in the city of Highland, CA, Our gaming resort is owned and operated by the San Manuel Entertainment Authority.Phase 1 of our expansion opened July 24 with an expanded casino space offering more than 6,500 slots, five high-limit gaming rooms, live entertainment, a full array of dining options which include The Pines Modern Steakhouse, the Hong Bao Kitchen, Just Barbeque, the Serrano Vista Cafe, Rock & Brews, the Chingon Kitchen, Quick Bikes, the Big Mo’ Cafe, the TuTu’s Food Court and six cocktail lounges and bars.

Our luxury resort features a 17-floor hotel tower with 432 guest rooms and suites, an elevated pool deck experience, a lavish full-service spa and salon, expanded dining options, convenient 24-hour in-room dining. Our gaming resort offers sweeping views of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Indian gaming in California is an exciting, thriving industry. Whether working on the casino floor or providing support to gaming operations as a “behind the scenes” employee, you can contribute to a dynamic and challenging business and have opportunities to learn and grow with the gaming industry. 

At San Manuel, our team members define us. Working at San Manuel is more than just a job. It is a career that will help you grow into the successful professional you want to be. 

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After 35 years, Yaamava Resort & Casino at San Manuel employees still love their jobs!

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