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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.
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:
Financial Services (Tax, Audit, Accounting...)
Management Consulting Services
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.
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 8 years of procurement/consulting/or category-related industry or supplier experience
Minimum of 5 years of strategic sourcing, category management, and/or professional industry experience related to EACH of the following sub-category areas:
- - Financial Services Consulting sub-category areas – (i.e.) tax, audit, and accounting; AND
- - Management Consulting Services
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
Knowledge of additional categories such as Legal, Fleet, Banking Operations, Financial Services (banking, treasury, and investments); Business Intelligence, Technology, and others
Prior experience in the Finance and/or Banking consulting industry
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
Thorough understanding of the supplier landscape and interpretation of market trends within the identified categories listed above
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
Ability to adapt to the varied corporate cultures and organizational structures of our customers
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
This position requires travel of approximately 30 - 50% to multiple customer locations
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