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IT&T Sourcing Associate Manager

Job Location: Prague

Regional Description: Czech Republic

Job Number: 00650184

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- Job description

Accenture Procurement Plus is seeking a talented Procurement professional to support the management of the IT/Technology category in UKI and with a European scope.
 
Accenture launched its global transformation of Procurement to Procurement Plus in September 2018, to build an organization that is closely supporting Accenture’s business, not just managing savings and purchase orders!
 
The IT/Technology category includes all sourcing activities involving third-party companies employed by Accenture to support Accenture’s internal and external clients’ requirements.
As a member of the Procurement team, the successful candidate will be required to support and/or deliver sourcing projects either independently or as part of a larger sourcing team depending on complexity and duration of the sourcing projects.
 
The successful candidate will be expected to understand and agree each sourcing requirements, identify, plan and deliver sourcing initiatives and take responsibility for delivery against agreed cost savings and other targets. To build strong relationships with suppliers, and monitor supplier performance in terms of overall service and delivery to ensure that they meet contractual commitments and deliver best value to Accenture.
 
The ideal candidate should have the ability to manage multiple projects of varying complexity in support of several concurrent projects. He/she should always seek out innovative procurement solutions, working in partnership with suppliers and Accenture customers (through cross-functional teams as appropriate), to implement and deliver significant cost reduction and/or effective service improvement opportunities in line with the business needs of Accenture.
 
What responsibilities will you have?
  • Understand client requirements for IT & Telco and work with the client to formulate a procurement strategy to ensure delivery of services in line with the client’s expectations
  • Identify cost/productivity improvement opportunities in IT/Telecom spending across the supplier base
  • Lead or support sourcing projects including such as supplier selection, contract negotiations activity as required, and / or support other team members in delivery of procurement projects
  • Lead or support strategic projects aiming at reducing costs or improving services (sourcing, rates card, operational improvements)
  • Understand internal stakeholders’ requirements and manage the relationship with these stakeholders
  • Propose alternatives and solutions to support stakeholder overall strategy
  • Take responsibility as the key point of contact to a number of key client stakeholder groups
  • Work closely with the Global & Regional Category Leads to ensure alignment of local activity with the global category strategy
  • Proactively work with the stakeholders and partner organizations such as Accenture Legal and Contract Management to identify areas of non-compliant spend and maximize compliance through preferred suppliers
  • Support supplier’s relationship management strategy
  • Proactively analyses data to identify new sources of non-compliance and savings
  • Delivers reports on performance and targets achievements
  • Collaborate with and support projects and initiatives involving other procurement categories and geographies
  • Identify opportunities to leverage category expertise and best-practice tools and techniques by building a network within Procurement Plus
  • Promote corporate objectives and change initiatives, ensuring that the IT/Technology sourcing team is supporting overall company direction and growth
  • Suggest automation options where possible, using existing Accenture toolsets
  • Suggest process improvements across the whole of Procurement Plus
What skills & experience are we looking for?
  • 10 - 12 years of experience in the procurement sourcing and  at least 3 - 5 years in IT/Technology sourcing
  • Understanding of the legislation in UK & Ireland related to procurement and to the use of subcontractors
  • Understanding of supplier sourcing, contract negotiation and supplier management, with experience in supporting or delivering tender management and negotiating agreements or Service Level Agreements
  • Demonstrable experience in leading small teams and people management
  • Skills in manipulating data and a quick learner of new systems and tools with the ability to understand and develop pricing models and analyses/interpret commercial proposals
  • Strategic sourcing and category management expertise including Contract drafting, and contract law
  • Excellent negotiation & influencing skills while engaging with senior management within Accenture or Accenture’s suppliers
  • Strong stakeholder and supplier relationship management skills
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment, leading where appropriate
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver own work
  • High standard of empathy towards the stakeholder, listening ability 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Intermediate/High level Microsoft Office proficiency including expertise in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel
Qualifications
What academic qualifications do you need?
  • Business Related Degree or equivalent experience
  • Professional Procurement Qualification or IT Service Management qualification (MCIPS/CIPS qualification would be desirable)
What’s in it for you?
 
Procurement Plus is part of Accenture Operations. All our Operations professionals receive comprehensive training covering business acumen, technical and professional skills development. You'll also have opportunities to hone your functional skills and expertise in an area of specialization. We offer a variety of formal and informal training programs at every level to help you acquire and build specialized skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with others. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career.

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