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Procurement Category Advisor, Corporate Professional Services

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Job Description

We Are:

Accenture is a leading global professional services company that helps the world’s leading businesses, governments and other organizations build their digital core, optimize their operations, accelerate revenue growth and enhance citizen services—creating tangible value at speed and scale. We are a talent and innovation led company with 738,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.

Technology is at the core of change today, and we are one of the world’s leaders in helping drive that change, with strong ecosystem relationships. We combine our strength in technology with unmatched industry experience, functional expertise and global delivery capability. We are uniquely able to deliver tangible outcomes because of our broad range of services, solutions and assets across Strategy & Consulting, Technology, Operations, Industry X and Accenture Song. These capabilities, together with our culture of shared success and commitment to creating 360° value, enable us to help our clients succeed and build trusted, lasting relationships. We measure our success by the 360° value we create for our clients, each other, our shareholders, partners and communities.

You Are:

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

  • Consulting

  • Financial Services

  • Legal Services

  • Fleet

  • Market Data

As a Procurement Category Advisor, you will harvest market intelligence content in the key categories; build and execute category plans; 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.  

The Work:

  • Development of professional services category assessments with the goal of identifying sourcing opportunities within the main categories listed above; build/maintain/fresh/execute category plans for clients

  • Understand client business needs to develop optimal sourcing solutions

  • 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

  • Design and develop relevant documents for projects or make recommendations for incumbent negotiations; lead sourcing events

  • Monitor and provide guidance on procurement process for categories under management

  • Manage multiple end-to-end project lifecycles

  • Infuse market insights into the sourcing process on projects within categories of expertise

  • Capture and report key findings from procurement activities that can be used to gain efficiencies and or knowledge for similar engagements

  • Master project management skills and deepen category-specific knowledge to bring added value to sourcing projects and advance career development

  • Incorporate best practice metrics for agreements to aid the Category Management process in SRM activities

  • 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

  • Collaborate with key internal stakeholders in business units, as well as external stakeholders

  • 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

  • Work with Client Delivery and Procurement Category Advisors to ensure that services are delivered in accordance with contractual / service level obligations

  • Ensure that services are provided within assigned budgets and timelines; take actions necessary to address any issues

  • Provide input to Accenture best practices

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


Here’s What You Need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of procurement/consulting/or category-related industry or supplier experience

  • Minimum of 3 of strategic sourcing, category management, and/or professional industry experience related to the following sub-category areas: Consulting sub-category areas (management) / Financial Services sub-category areas(i.e.) tax, audit, accounting, treasury, investments;  /  Legal Services sub-category areas(i.e.) Law Firms, Legal – General, Legal – Technology and E-Discovery / Fleet sub-category areas(i.e.) Fleet management, Fuel cards / Market Data sub-category areas – (i.e.) Credit bureaus, Data subscription

Bonus Points If:

  • Demonstrated expertise on historical and current market trends, view of supplier landscape, effective sourcing strategies, best practice pricing rate structure/commercial contractual terms, and existing positive relationships within industries related for the identified categories listed above

  • Prior experience and/or knowledge in the Consulting, Finance, Legal Services, Fleet, and Market Data, and others

  • Indirect or direct management of others

  • Demonstration of managing a portfolio of projects across various clients at a prior employer

  • Proficiency in spreadsheet software (e.g., Microsoft Excel) and presentation software (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint

Travel Requirements:

  • This position requires travel up to 20% to multiple customer locations



Compensation at Accenture varies depending on a wide array of factors, which may include but are not limited to the specific office location, role, skill set, and level of experience. As required by local law, Accenture provides a reasonable range of compensation for roles that may be hired in California, Colorado, New York or Washington as set forth below.
We accept applications on an on-going basis and there is no fixed deadline to apply.

Information on benefits is here.

Role Location                                    Annual Salary Range

California                                          $73,000 to $168,600

Colorado                                           $73,000 to $145,700

New York                                          $67,600 to $168,600

Washington                                      $77,700 to $155,100


What We Believe


We have an unwavering commitment to diversity with the aim that every one of our people has a full sense of belonging within our organization. As a business imperative, every person at Accenture has the responsibility to create and sustain an inclusive environment.


Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to our culture and core values. Our rich diversity makes us more innovative and more creative, which helps us better serve our clients and our communities. Read more here


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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.

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.

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


For details, view a copy of the Accenture Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy Statement.

Requesting An Accommodation

Accenture is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities or religious observances, including reasonable accommodation when needed. If you are hired by Accenture and require accommodation to perform the essential functions of your role, you will be asked to participate in our reasonable accommodation process. Accommodations made to facilitate the recruiting process are not a guarantee of future or continued accommodations once hired.

If you would like to be considered for employment opportunities with Accenture and have accommodation needs for a disability or religious observance, please call us toll free at 1 (877) 889-9009, send us an email or speak with your recruiter.

Other Employment Statements

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.

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

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

The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Additionally, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the Company's legal duty to furnish information.


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