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Procurement Category Associate Manager (Software)

multiple locations +view all Job No. r00209002 Full-time - Remote

Job Description

Accenture is seeking a strong thought leader with deep category expertise for the role of Procurement Category Associate Manager, Software to collaborate with external clients to develop sourcing strategies within the IT Software category. You will also collaborate with Practice leaders representing the leading Global Category Towers:  Cloud, Infrastructure, Software, Technology Managed Service Providers, and Telecom, and lead sourcing and category advisory team members in service delivery across our portfolio of clients. You will work with clients to support business goals, drive value and achieve optimal commercial structure, quality and service levels.  In this capacity, you will have substantial involvement in supporting sales and solution design for prospective new client accounts and in helping procurement organizations expand their involvement and control of non-traditional spend areas.

The Work:

  • Work collaboratively with Accenture Technology Sourcing Advisory Leadership, suppliers, and client stakeholders to identify project pipelines, create category plans and execute continuous value, process and service improvement projects across a wide array of clients and industries.

  • Lead end to end sourcing projects to drive client value, including all key steps such as strategy development, supplier negotiation, award recommendations, business case presentations and supplier contract execution, leveraging and Agile approach to drive efficiency in execution

  • Provide industry and supplier research, market intelligence and financial analyses to clients.

  • Support development of market insights from cross-client sourcing activities and collaborate with Technology Practice advisors to develop content that enables knowledge sharing across the organization and externally with clients.

  • Pursue and develop senior level stakeholder relationships at priority client accounts, support account stakeholder relationship plans

  • Lead Category Strategy development for specified clients to identify project opportunities that achieve client goals and mature their procurement function

  • Mentor sourcing team on technology sourcing best practices with a special emphasis on technology market trends and insights, commercial structure assessment, negotiation strategies and contracting best practice

  • Engage with prospective clients during business development pursuits through support of contract assessments, client due diligence calls, and presenting the practice delivery approach and case studies

  • Lead practice-wide advisory team allocation to identified projects, value pursuit tracking, and governance reporting of specific client programs, where accountable


  • Strong critical thinker, self-starter who can take initiative with high-level direction and deliver client work with minimal supervision

  • Passion for continuous self-learning within the technology industry (i.e., cloud, consulting and services, infrastructure, software and telecommunications)

  • Proven analytical skills in terms of numeric (e.g. spreadsheets) and text based (e.g. reading terms and conditions) analysis, converting information into tangible recommendations to clients 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum of 5 - 7 years of experience in strategic sourcing/category management, consulting, or related professional industry experience, with focus in Software, plus one or more of the following areas:

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

- 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

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

  • Ability to effectively lead formal strategic sourcing efforts related to Cloud, Infrastructure, Software, Managed Services, and Telecom.

  • Ability to act independently and can interface with customers and suppliers via strong written and verbal communications skills

  • Ability to self-manage multiple priorities and operate effectively in a shared service delivery model

  • Ability to drive transformational change

  • Solid multi-phase project management skills

  • Ability to adapt to the varied corporate cultures and organizational structures of our customers

The work will be done mainly remotely, so you can live anywhere in Poland. There may be some travelling in Europe involved but only occasionally.

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. 

If this sounds like the ideal role, career and company for you, please apply online as soon as possible.

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Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.

Please be advised that only selected candidates will be contacted.


Gdansk, Krakow, Lodz, Warsaw, Wroclaw

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