Gartner Expert

Kaitlynn N. Sommers

Director Analyst

Kaitlynn Sommers is a Research Director covering the evaluation and deployment of procurement and strategic sourcing applications, cross industry and cross technology. Solutions covered include e-sourcing, spend analysis, contract life cycle management, supply base management, catalog management, e-procurement, AP invoice automation, e-invoicing and contingent workforce management solutions.

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

Lowe's Companies

Operations Improvement Analyst

Kohl's Department Stores

Assistant Manager of Procurement

Areas of coverage

Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Applications


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

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Evaluating and selecting strategic sourcing and procurement vendors

2Leveraging technology for procurement transformation

3Creating a long-term source-to-settle (S2S) technology roadmap

4Evaluating and selecting contingent workforce management vendors

5Improving procurement and sourcing technology adoption rates