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Procurement Category Manager

Job Location: Ontario - Toronto

Regional Description: Canada

Job Number: 00571520


- 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, Business Process Services 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.
Business Process Services professionals work on projects across a range of business processes, business applications and information technology.  They may provide technology services, such as application management, infrastructure management and systems integration, or they may deliver business process services, including finance and accounting, procurement and human resources. Depending on the role, Business Process Services 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 Information Technology/Telecom sourcing and supplier management experience to help our clients drive tangible results. In this capacity, you will work directly with an Accenture customer in Toronto 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 Technology sourcing strategies that support each customer’s business goals while achieving optimal pricing, quality and service levels.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Design and implement cost savings projects across multiple IT/Telecom sub-categories including Laptop/Desktop Hardware, Intel-level Servers, Mid-range Hardware, Storage, Telecom Hardware, Shrink Wrap Software, Application Software, Banking Operations, Banking specific software, Long Distance Voice-Data, and Wireless Services
  • Engage with clients senior management team members to drive strategic initiatives and communicate progress
  • 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 IT/Telecom 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 IT/Telecom 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 IT/Telecom Practice value proposition through collateral development and input into tools/applications
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a category management, procurement, and/or supply chain function
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience of multiple IT/Telecom categories, including: Laptop/Desktop Hardware, Intel-level Servers, Mid-range Hardware, Storage, Telecom Hardware, Shrink Wrap Software, Application Software, Long Distance Voice-Data, and Wireless Services
  • Minimum 7 years in a client facing role
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in sourcing and category management of Banking Operations, Banking Software
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 IT/Telecom 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/Shift Hours/OT Requirements
40 hours per week
Benefits: Benefits are offered
Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Office Location: 145 King St W #1401, Toronto, ON M5H 1J8, Canada
Salary Range:  Depending on Experience
Employee will be eligible for pay increases due to pay review that are consistent with company and market standards
Any questions regarding this position should be sent to This e-mail is for enquires only. To submit an application, please apply online. Please make reference to the job number when you apply.
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at
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