Category Manager IT applications & Software
Luxembourg, LUX
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Category Manager IT applications & Software

Location Luxembourg, Hiring Manager Ciprian Staicu, Talent Lead Pascal van Benschop

As a VPC Category Manager you will be responsible to create and manage one of the material category strategies ( MCS ) within the IT and Enterprise procurement categories.

You will source and lead negotiation (commercial, contracts) with related suppliers to support our strategy and fulfil the needs of our key stakeholders (Line of Business, Technology Product owners, local Supply Chain, etc.)

You will deliver the optimal cost of ownership, create savings and centrally managed spend target whilst securing the delivery of projects in accordance with global strategy.

Furthermore, you create innovative commercial models, contribute to the category supplier roadmap and ensure longer term sourcing decision are considered during category development.

Next to that you enthusiastically support global contract management and governance structures. #Grouresourcing

You will

  • Optimise supplier performance through strong commercial management, ensuring business value is delivered & competitive advantage is maintained
  • Drive supplier selection and recommendation : commercial strategy, negotiations, savings, cost modelling, contract with suppliers
  • Lead negotiation and conclusion of contracts with suppliers working with Legal and internal stakeholders
  • Manages relationship with category suppliers
  • Develop and support the category strategy within the IT and Enterprise categories
  • Build and maintain a strong partnership with Vodafone’s stakeholders at Group and local market level and ensure continuous alignment with the category strategy
  • Report into a Principal Category Manager and act as a primary point of contact for the appointed specialist vendor, projects and sub-categories
  • Work agile, take part / lead cross-category and / or cross-company projects
  • It would be nice if you have

  • Ability to zoom / de-zoom from strategic view to detailed view
  • Understand complexity and ability to create simplicity and communicates clarity
  • Build effective working relationships with customer technical & procurement teams, and with VPC category teams
  • You must have

  • Master / MBA degree or equivalent in Business, Supply Chain and / or Engineering
  • Solid procurement experience in IT / Telco business significant experience, preferably on both a global and a local level
  • Strong commercial and negotiation skills
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to conceptualize
  • Knowledge of procurement of Software and IT Professional Services purchasing or IT Infrastructure purchasing or Universal Communication and Connectivity purchasing is a real plus
  • Ability to work across different cultures & hierarchies
  • Able to work in an international, functional matrix environment
  • Flexible and adaptable to cope with the variety of projects and tasks and the ambiguity inherent to large matrix organisation
  • Excellent English skills (written and spoken), other languages (Italian, Spanish, German) are a plus
  • Business acumen beyond traditional procurement activities as you need to strive for being also an advisor to your stakeholders about your supplier markets #Groupresourcing
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