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The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is seeking an entrepreneurial, team-oriented professional to manage local business engagement for a local purchasing collaborative, Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity. The Business Engagement Manager will report to the Director of Shared Solutions and have primary responsibility for managing all local business relationships. This is a contract position, currently funded for 12 months. In 2020, Economy League leadership will work to secure dedicated funding that will enable this role to become a permanent position.


About the Program

Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity (PAGE) is a partnership between the Economy League, the City of Philadelphia and more than a dozen Philadelphia-area institutions that works to increase local purchasing by large institutional buyers to grow Philadelphia businesses, strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build wealth.


Today, the 34 universities and hospitals located in Philadelphia together spend $5.3 billion on goods and services every year, but nearly half of these dollars are currently spent outside of Philadelphia. Analysis of the local business landscape suggests that at least $530 million of anchor dollars currently being spent outside of the region align with local market supply. Capturing just 25% of this half-billion-dollar opportunity would translate into 1,250 new manufacturing jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs in Philadelphia. In order to capture this opportunity, the Economy League works with hospitals and universities to understand their purchasing data, remove barriers to local and diverse business participation and engage major institutional suppliers in local purchasing work.


Program Manager Responsibilities
  • Establish comprehensive outreach strategies to local and diverse* businesses in order to create an extensive network of qualified local suppliers. 

  • Communicate with the businesses via surveys, focus groups and informational interviews to understand their capabilities, needs and the barriers they have faced in connecting with institutional supply chain

  • Connect businesses to fitting institutional supply chain opportunities, as well as resources needed for their growth.

  • Track and record all data to provide accurate and timely reporting regarding PAGE’s supplier outreach.

  • Partner with the Director of Shared Solutions to brainstorm ways to increase opportunities across PAGE members for businesses

  • Develop strategies to ensure that local and diverse business enterprises are given full consideration in the PAGE members’ bidding and selection processes.

  • Support the Director of Shared Solutions with administrative duties, event planning, communication and other duties as assigned.

*Small, Minority-owned, Women-owned, Small disadvantaged, Veteran-owned, HUB Zone, Disability and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBTQ) business enterprises.


Candidate Qualifications
  • Existing strong partnerships with diverse supplier communities, minority chambers of commerce and other business support organizations

  • Background in supplier diversity, small business engagement or other related field.

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, organizational and project management skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel) and familiarity with Salesforce

  • Creativity and the ability to work with minimal supervision and with a variety of user groups and external suppliers.

  • Strong analytical, data management, and negotiation skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including collaboration, team building, problem solving, listening and relationship building.


Job Type

The business engagement manager is a contract position, currently funded for 12 months. Compensation is commensurate with experience.


To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@economyleague.org by 5:00 pm on Dec 13, 2019. No phone calls, please.