About Us
Sourcing Specialist (OAK)

About Ask
At Ask.com, we’re the #1 brand focused on answering questions.  We answer the questions of over 227 million people worldwide across the Ask Networks.  We have one of the highest-quality and most useful Q&A databases on the Web with more than 400 million Q&A pairs – growing by the millions each week.  At Ask, we empower each individual to succeed, communicate their ideas, and take action.  We are serious about creating & maintaining a great culture and are looking for great people to come join our team.

Us
Ask believes its Sourcing Department adds strategic advantage to its business, negotiating for both the price point, and the value delivered. In this role, you will be part of the organization that forecasts, and controls the entire capital spend for Ask in partnership with the IAC Corporation.

The Role
Ask.com is seeking a specialist to join our team with a focus on sourcing IT spend within the categories of Software, Hardware and IT Services.

You

  • Have a passion for the challenge of sourcing, and seeking solutions to evolving conditions.
  • Are analytical, detail oriented, and organized with the ability to consistently multitask.
  • Are able to work independently, as well as in a collaborative team setting.
  • Have excellent written, and verbal communication experience.

Your Task

  • Collaborate with internal customers on day-to-day tasks associated with order management.
  • Prepare bid requests, RFP/ RFI documents and requirements/specifications by partnering with internal customers.
  • Participate in new IT projects to support the sourcing team as required.
  • Monitor assigned vendor contracts for performance, and advance administration of renewals.
  • Consult with internal customers to determine sourcing needs, specifications and areas of standardization when requested.
  • Leverage your global sourcing experience to partner with finance and internal customers to ensure a consistent procurement process.
  • Assist the manager with other duties, and special projects.

Your Skills

  • 3+ years of sourcing/procurement, and contract management experience required.
  • In-depth knowledge of IT products/platforms including storage, desktops, servers, network, and software, including routine knowledge of these supply markets.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships, and maintain networks across the organization.
  • Experience with staff augmentation sourcing models to support activities as needed.
  • Ability to multitask, and to prioritize multiple projects.

 


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Senior Director of Finance, IMG (OAK)

(Location: Oakland, CA)

About Us
Headquartered in Oakland, the mission of the newly-formed Inform Media Group (IMG) is to bring together the web’s largest collection of sites dedicated to helping people solve problems, learn new things and lead better lives. From About.com and Investopedia, to Urbanspoon and Ask.com, IMG content is handcrafted, authored by experts and enriched by passionate consumers, on topics that matter to people every day, like travel, food, investing, how-to and health. Collectively, our properties aim to tackle subjects that live longer than a news cycle, and to leverage our unique strengths in areas like search, content production and distribution and traffic acquisition to achieve meaningful growth across all of our businesses.

Summary Description
The Senior Director of FP&A would help oversee the financial planning and analysis for one of our most popular brands. Much of our need includes support creating modeling for our ad based revenue, understand the tech and media space and can own the P&L for the entire company. In this hands-on roll, they will collect, plan and analyze financial performance information across the entire brand, and offer modeling and strategy insights to the executive team and corporate. As a key member of the executive team they will rationalize investments and develop strategies to grow profitability.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide analytical thought leadership, and ensure the use of robust methodologies by business units
  • Review and validate business plans and associated financial forecasts from each business unit to ensure reliable and accountable planning
  • Develop and deploy an approach to monitor business KPIs across operating businesses to identify emerging trends and provide insights about the drivers of performance
  • Design, implement and track KPI to measure performance against strategic goals and objectives
  • Perform ad hoc analysis in support of critical and responsible investment decisions across IMG
  • Deliver precise and accurate traffic, revenue and KPI data and business insights to IAC in support of earnings and investor relations reporting
  • Drive financial analysis of risks and opportunities that stretch across multiple business units and require input from many stakeholders
  • Deliver insights and strategic recommendations to the CEO, Executive Management and IAC Corporate

Professional Skill Level

  • 6+ years’ experience in a financial planning or analytical role
  • Experience in internet advertising, digital publishing, internet search, e-commerce or related field preferred
  • Experience providing decision support to executive management

Professional Attributes               

  • Collaborative, able to coordinate cross functional initiatives
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines; multi-task and prioritize projects
  • Independent thinker with proven ability to think through problems and present solutions
  • Ability to work through complex issues and communicate in a simple format for non-finance professionals
  • Strong client-orientation for working with internal customers
  • Advanced excel, powerpoint, modeling and presentation skills
  • Excellent attention to detail

 


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