Job Description

We Are:

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. 

 

You Are:

Accenture is seeking a strong thought leader with deep category expertise for the role of Procurement Category Advisor within the Marketing Procurement Category Advisory practice. This position is specifically focused on sourcing and category knowledge in one of the following areas of spend:

  • Marketing Agency as well as experience in identifying and implementing agency decoupling, having defined the decoupling strategy, approach and implementation.

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
  • 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 continuous cost and performance improvement strategies
  • Provide educational and learning opportunities to internal colleagues and external clients (ex. Webinar, Spend Trends publications) 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
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Qualifications

Here’s What You Need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of procurement/consulting/or category-related industry or supplier experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of strategic sourcing, category management, and/or professional industry experince related to the following sub-category area:
    • Agency & Marketing Services – (i.e.) creative, digital, PR; Media, & Agency Decoupling

Bonus Points:

  • Post-Graduate degree preferred
  • PMP Certification
  • Demonstrated expertise on historical and current market trends, view of supplier landscape, effective sourcing strategies, and best practice pricing rate structure/commercial contractual terms for the identified categories listed above.
  • Proficiency in spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and presentation software (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint

 

Professional Skills:

  • Thorough understanding of the supplier landscape and interpretation of market trends within the identified categories listed above.
  • Demonstrated success with key clients
  • Ability to develop and frequently refresh category 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 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 50% to multiple customer locations

 

Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture. 

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 Accenture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences, such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion or sexual orientation. Our rich diversity makes us more innovative, more competitive and more creative, which helps us better serve our clients and our communities.

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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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