Job Description

Accenture is seeking a strong thought leader with deep category expertise for the role of Procurement Category Advisor within the Technology Procurement Category Advisory practice. This position is focused on sourcing and category knowledge in the one or more of the following technology categories:

Cloud: including public cloud offerings such as AWS, Google, and Azure

Infrastructure: including servers, end-user computing, print services, storage, and security, Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Telecom: including unified systems (WebEx, Skype, etc.), LAN/WAN technologies, mobility, wireline, and software-defined networking

Software: including SaaS, ELAs with major vendors, maintenance renewals, security, and Platform-as-a-Service

Services: managed services, devops, strategic consulting services, cloud managed services, application and infrastructure services, contact centers, requirements development

As a Procurement Category Advisor, you will harvest market intelligence content in the key categories; infuse category insights and strategies into opportunity assessments, sourcing projects, and sales pursuits; and coach and guide sourcing project managers with strategic oversight on projects within respective areas.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain category-specific knowledge assets and market intelligence that capture expertise / best practices in order to deliver consulting, advisory and project execution to clients
  • Provide strategic sourcing oversight and category knowledge in support of the Sourcing Project Management function on projects within categories of expertise
  • Infuse market insights into the sourcing process on projects within categories of expertise
  • In collaboration with Sourcing Project Management and/or Procurement Practice Advisory, engage with customers’ senior management team members to provide perspective on current market trends to inform client strategic decisions/sourcing initiatives in line with business goals and objectives
  • Leverage category expertise to support new sales and drive significant client business value
  • Establish, grow, and leverage network of suppliers, industry practitioners, and procurement professionals within categories of expertise
  • Work collaboratively with suppliers and customer stakeholders to identify total value (cost, innovation, TCO, etc.) strategies
  • Provide educational and learning opportunities to internal colleagues and external clients (e.g. webinars, thought leadership articles) on industry trends, supplier landscape changes, and market intel within categories of expertise
  • Coach and develop sourcing project managers in their professional development and pursuit of building category knowledge within area of expertise


Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

·        Bachelor’s Degree

·        Minimum of 7 years of technology sourcing/ technology consulting/or related experience

·        Minimum of 3-5 years of strategic sourcing, consulting or related professional industry experience in one or more of the following areas:

 

·        Cloud: including public cloud offerings such as AWS, Google, and Azure

·        Infrastructure: including servers, end-user computing, print services, storage, and security, Infrastructure-as-a-Service

·        Telecom: including unified systems (WebEx, Skype, etc.), LAN/WAN technologies, mobility, wireline, and software-defined networking

·        Software: including SaaS, ELAs with major vendors, maintenance renewals, security, and Platform-as-a-Service

·        Services: managed services, devops, strategic consulting services, cloud managed services, application and infrastructure services, contact centers, requirements development

·        English – full proficiency , any of the following languages is a plus – Italian, German or French

 

Professional Skills:

  • Thorough understanding of the supplier landscape and interpretation of market trends within the identified categories listed above.
  • Demonstrated success
  • Ability to develop and frequently refresh market intelligence and insight tools to support internal sourcing teams and educate external client stakeholders
  • Ability to apply insights to customer’s situation for meaningful impact
  • Ability to influence and persuade senior level client stakeholders
  • Effective coaching skills and ability to develop others
  • Ability to adapt to the varied corporate cultures and organizational structures of our customers
  • Ability to interface with customers and suppliers via strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Existing positive relationships within industries related to the identified categories listed above.
  • Strong sourcing knowledge to be able to translate category to sourcing strategy
  • Well-developed, solution-oriented selling skills
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  • Ability to drive transformational change
  • Solid multi-phase project management skills
  • Strong ability to effectively manage in a matrix organizational structure working with multiple internal stakeholders
  • Exceptional track record of building relationships with stakeholders or customers that have resulted in high customer satisfaction

Travel Requirements:

·        This position requires travel of approximately 20-30% to multiple customer locations

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

Accenture is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women.

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