IT Category Manager / Procurement Specialist (140945) Open job in new window
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Metro Area: Jacksonville, FL
Category: Information Technology

High Level Project DescriptionThis position will be responsible for executing technology category sourcing strategies and contract negotiations while ensuring operational execution of their IT category (Examples: Telecom, Enterprise Licensing, Hardware/Infrastructure, Professional Services) or related technology areas.Candidate will manage categories include multi-platform environments within hardware, software, network and telecommunication.This professional must be a subject matter expert in a variety of buying categories allowing them to become highly interactive within the business units, Legal, and in the vendor community.Scope of Responsibility Participate in the creation and on-going development of a strategic approach to managing corporate & business unit technology spend. Perform end to end category management functions including analyzing third party spend, generating financial models of various sourcing alternatives, and performing market analysis to drive cost optimization. Generate well thought out positions on critical sourcing issues. Define and present complex sourcing solutions. Perform in-depth financial and service due diligence to reduce risk. Develop and consistently execute category strategies Analyze category markets and assess risk, gathering intelligence on fundamental conditions and technical information that affects the category. Manage RFI, RFP contract development, review processes and utilize appropriate support tools to enhance sustainable results Negotiate and manage supplier contracts Maintain current status of all category contracts and agreements on a continuous basis Promote continuous improvement/cost reductions on a regular and proactive basis Monitor purchasing reports and ensure compliance with appropriate established, contracts, policies and procedures on a continuous basis Identify and implement streamlined category purchasing processes and supporting tools Utilize metrics, tools and processes to optimize sourcing, supplier activities and efficiencies. Identify, select, evaluate and develop suppliers based on spend analysis, market conditions, contract expirations, technology direction etc.; function as primary supplier manager. Partner with cross-functional teams to assist in the development of procurement policies and procedures. Identify and develop improvement opportunities to aggregate spending and simplify procurement related processes. Provides guidance and ensures adherence to procurement processes and policy compliance. Be the central point of expertise and knowledge for commercial aspects of their assigned category Build and maintain strong working relationships with key technology leaders to support integration of strategic sourcing initiatives. Interact with multiple levels of management across the organization to discuss sourcing obstacles and provide progress updates and program performance results. Collaborate with the Supplier Management team to monitor and measure performance of programs and conduct business reviews with suppliers; establish and maintain supplier profiles. Demonstrates a proactive approach in meeting business partner expectations by creating operational agreements to manage expectations Review contract aging reports and determine, with stakeholder, documents that require renewal. Ensure contract compliance upon execution e.g. filing, preparation of contract summary, and receipt of insurance certificates. Draft Statement of Work (SOW) and Consulting Agreements using approved templates. Min Years of Experience 5 to 7 years sourcing analysis experience with a focus in the technology and telecom spaces Mandatory Skills Needed: Experience in one or more technical spend category Excellent relationship management, analytical, problem solving, financial management Good understanding of procurement trends and best practices Good knowledge of legal environment related to purchasing contracts and framework agreements Strong command of vendor performance management and contract administration Experience with developing and implementing successful cost saving initiatives Strong financial analytical and problem solving skills, with keen understanding of relevant cost drivers Excellent oral and written communication skills Procurement systems knowledge is a plus Experience dealing with Enterprise and non-Enterprise agreements. Desirable Skills: Experience in consumption based pricing, Transaction or Unit based pricing and price models for Software as a Service or Cloud based service offerings are a plus.