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Procurement Category Manager – Facilities / Real Estate

Job Location: Melbourne

Regional Description: Australia

Job Number: 00592624


- Job description

The Company:
Accenture is one of the world’s leading providers of sourcing and procurement services, we help our clients architect, build and operate high performance procurement organizations through our global and flexible solutions. At Accenture, we partner with forward-thinking business leaders of the world’s most dynamic companies, to transform procurement and drive sustainable changes to their cost structures.
As one of the leading procurement Business Process Services specialists, Accenture excels at helping companies build the foundation for long-term growth. We are committed to delivering exceptional service through our exceptional people, and as an employee you’d enjoy a fulfilling career in an innovative environment where challenging and interesting work is part of daily life.
Join Accenture and help transform leading organizations and communities around the world.  The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance.  Choose Accenture, and make delivering innovative work part of your extraordinary career.
Accenture people build careers in four different areas of our business: Consulting, Technology, Operations and internal Corporate Functions.  Each area offers a unique career experience and a compelling mix of work and training opportunities, work environment and structure for career progression.
Operations Procurement professionals work on projects across a range of procurement and business strategies, processes, business applications and information technology. Depending on the requirement Operations Procurement professionals may be based at a client’s office or in one of Accenture’s 50 delivery centers around the world. 
The Position:
The Procurement Category Manager will utilize their deep Facilities/Real Estate sourcing and supplier management experience to help our customers drive tangible results. In this capacity, you will work directly with an Accenture customer/s with responsibility for delivering category management services including, but not limited to, strategic sourcing, client stakeholder management, supplier performance management, and continuous cost and performance improvement. Additionally, you will develop and provide oversight for the execution of Facilities/Real Estatesourcing strategies that support each customer’s business goals while achieving optimal pricing, quality and service levels.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Engage with clients senior management team members to drive strategic initiatives that leverage Accenture’s global market insights and innovative thinking across Facilities/Real Estate
  • Ensure effective and timely communication of progress, milestones and deliverables
  • Develop broad network of strong client stakeholder relationships, particularly in Real Estate/Facilities Management function, to facilitate delivery of services and achievement of contractual requirements (savings targets, SLAs)
  • Conduct opportunity assessments across Facilities/Real Estate spend subcategories to establish annual category strategies inclusive of sourcing wave plans that support overall savings target achievement
  • Provide oversight and program management to ensure efficient delivery of a portfolio of strategic sourcing projects
  • Work collaboratively with suppliers and customer stakeholders to identify and execute continuous cost and performance improvement strategies
  • Identify and resolve strategic supplier performance issues to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Measure and manage suppliers/service providers’ performance relative to contracted service levels.
  • Conduct/ leverage supply-market research to develop and share market insights with clients and within Accenture
  • Delegate work appropriately, coach and develop team members in their performance and professional development
  • Identify opportunities to develop repeatable processes and automate work
The Opportunity:
  • Further advance program and senior client relationship management skills
  • Grow Facilities/Real Estate category knowledge to expert levels, creating growth opportunities for self, team and company
  • Lead all associated delivery team members to achieve target results and customer satisfaction
  • Contribute to Facilities/Real Estate Practice value proposition through collateral development and input into tools/applications
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in consulting, sourcing/procurement/supply chain management function Facilities/Real Estate sourcing, planning or consultancy
  • Fluency in English
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a quantitative discipline (business/finance/economics/engineering/ mathematics) or equivalent
  • Post-Graduate degree preferred
  • Ability to effectively lead formal strategic sourcing efforts related to Facilities/Real Estate materials and services
  • Ability to interface with customers and suppliers via strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Formal training and/or experience in strategic sourcing
  • Proficiency in spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and presentation software (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint
Professional Skills:
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the successful creation and execution of a strategy, operating budget and staffing plan to support customer and company goals
  • Strong ability to effectively lead in a matrix organizational structure working with multiple internal clients
  • Ability to adapt to the varied corporate cultures and organizational structures of our customers
  • Exceptional track record of building relationships with stakeholders or customers that have resulted in high customer satisfaction
  • Proven ability to drive transformational change
  • Solid people development skills
  • Excellent communication, organization/time management and problem solving skills
  • Well-developed, solution-oriented selling skills
  • Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment
Travel Requirements:
  • This position could require travel to customer locations

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