Analyst Profile

Kaitlynn Sommers

Kaitlynn Sommers

Sr Director Analyst

6 years at Gartner,  15 years industry experience

Location:  WI USA  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Kaitlynn Sommers is a part of the team that advises application leaders on procurement and strategic sourcing applications. This includes helping define and identify technologies across the source-to-pay process and creating procurement technology strategy. She helps clients understand the market landscape, prioritize investments, evaluate vendors and determine best-fit, negotiate contracts, and deploy best practices across a variety of market segments including Source-to-Contract (S2C) (spend analysis, supplier management, e-sourcing, and contract life cycle management) and Procure-to-Pay technologies. She also assesses and advises clients on the use of emerging technologies, such as AI, RPA, and advanced analytics, across sourcing and procurement. Ms. Sommers is also a Key Initiative Leader for Sourcing and Procurement Applications and ERP. She is responsible for planning content and working with analyst teams to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of research that addresses client questions and provides topical thought leadership.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Sommers had more than eight years of experience in strategic sourcing, contracting, procurement, and supply base management as a practitioner in the retail industry. She held a variety of positions managing the procurement of indirect good and services. She also managed the selection, implementation and continuous improvement projects for multiple procurement and sourcing technology initiatives.

Professional Background

  • Kohl's Department Stores, Assistant Manager of Procurement, 7 years
  • Lowe's Companies, Operations Improvement Analyst, 1 year


  • B.S., Supply Chain and Information Systems, The Pennsylvania State University