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As Global Category Specialist - IT, the successful postholder takes a proactive approach to supporting globaI IT categories through sourcing plans, contract ownership and supplier development activities. Reporting to the Global Category Lead IT, the Global Category Specialist - IT owns certain tender processes, liaising with senior colleagues including the VP Procurement & Real Estate to monitor supplier performance & compliance whilst driving savings and 'value add' to the business. The Global Category Specialist - IT also contributes to the wider global IT category management strategy with supply market understanding and observations.
Category Sourcing Plan:
Support in analysis of supply market, understanding products/services being purchased within category, understanding internal demand/specification and external best practices
Identify and analyse strategic sourcing options under the guidance of the Global Category Manager
Run/support tender process, including seeking approvals from Global Category Manager, VP Procurement & Real Estate and other internal stakeholders, as required
Challenge current working practices, specifications and demands for category
Harmonize specification(s) with business stakeholders to standardize demand
Create plan and support Global Category Manager with supplier negotiations
Ensure adherence to signing authorities
Communicate contracts to relevant stakeholders
Support Global Category Manager with regular performance reviews with preferred suppliers
Support actions on continuous improvement plan with preferred suppliers
Support development of alternative suppliers
Support development and implementation of contract KPI’s
Contract Lifecycle Management
Conduct supplier compliance reviews (i.e. use of supplier within sites, payment terms in system)
Monitor supplier performance (i.e. contract KPI’s, price)
Support contract compliance (i.e. restricted party screening, financial checks, conflict of interest checks, forced labour, embargoed countries, etc.)
Support local sites with compliance to Global contracts, including communication
Now that you know what a Global Category Specialist does, what skills, qualifications and experience do you need?
University degree level in Technical/ Business Administration or related subjects or relevant work experience
Strong preference for Professional Procurement Qualifications
5+ years of work experience in a global procurement role with a focus on relevant IT categories (Telecoms, Digital, Hardware, Software, Licensing etc)
Experience in demand management, sourcing and negotiations
Understanding of key sourcing processes and tools as well as contractual and legal aspects
Good analytical and conceptual skills combined with the ability to drive results
Able to solve problems and communicate complex issues clearly and effectively
Ability to negotiate legal and commercial contractual aspects
Good time management, planning and organizational skills
Proactive, target oriented and assertive personality with strong presentation skills
Ability to influence others and align various interests
Able to work in a changing environment
Proficient in MS Office
Fluent in English
We offer an exciting work environment that brings people together. We encourage an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. We make use of the latest digital technologies. We are looking for self-starters, who accept challenges and create solutions.
Can there be a better place to take center stage in the digital revolution? We are excited to getting to know you!