Job Description

Role: Procurement Category Manager, IT

Location: London

Career level: 7

Salary: Excellent salary and benefits package (dependent on experience)

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. With our thought leadership and culture of innovation, we apply industry expertise, diverse skill sets and next-generation technology to each business challenge.

We believe in inclusion and diversity and supporting the whole person. Our core values comprise of Stewardship, Best People, Client Value Creation, One Global Network, Respect for the Individual and Integrity. Year after year, Accenture is recognized worldwide not just for business performance but for inclusion and diversity too.

“Across the globe, one thing is universally true of the people of Accenture: We care deeply about what we do and the impact we have with our clients and with the communities in which we work and live. It is personal to all of us.” – Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO

As a team:

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. 

You'll learn, grow and advance in an innovative culture that thrives on shared success, diverse ways of thinking and enables boundaryless opportunities that can drive your career in new and exciting ways

If you’re looking for a challenging career working in a vibrant environment with access to training and a global network of experts, this could be the role for you. As part of our global team, you'll be working with cutting-edge technologies and will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of new skills on the job. 

As a Category Manager you will:

The Procurement Category Manager will utilize their deep Information Technology 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 IT/Telecom sourcing strategies that support each customer’s business goals while achieving optimal pricing, quality and service levels.

  • 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, 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
  • 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


Qualifications

We are looking for experience in the following skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Extensive experience in a category management, procurement, and/or supply chain function
  • 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
  • Extensive experience in a client facing role
  • 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

Set yourself apart:

  • 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

What’s in it for you

At Accenture in addition to a competitive basic salary, you will also have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days’ vacation per year, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

Flexibility and mobility are required to deliver this role as there will be requirements to spend time onsite with our clients and partners to enable delivery of the first-class services we are known for.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries — powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. With 674,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture brings continuous innovation to help clients improve their performance and create lasting value across their enterprises. Visit us at www.accenture.com

Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or any other basis as protected by applicable law.

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, 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 applicable law.

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

COVID-19 update:  The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until travel restrictions change, interviews will continue to be conducted virtually. 

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