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The Global Category Lead Buying Channel – Travel & Mobility will drive the development of the Procurement Plus (P+) Travel & Mobility category on a global level. Additionally, the Global Category Lead will define and deploy category strategies and roadmaps for Buying Channel, Data Insights and Travel Ancillary Services (travel technology). You will be accountable for global target setting in alignment with global and market P+ and category objectives. Execute stakeholder management to maximize TCO impact and Procurement Plus value contribution. Additionally, the Global Category Lead will assure achieving compliance targets with procurement policies, strategies, and processes. You will be accountable to communicate, execute and implement global category initiatives as well as coordinate and oversee regional sourcing/procurement activities.
Manage the Procurement Plus Travel & Mobility category on a global level: Work with stakeholders (primarily Global Mobility) to define the global category strategy
Manage direct reports including target setting, performance, career and training development
Foster knowledge sharing between global/regional P+ and travel & mobility category resources
Identify new opportunities in alignment with Procurement Plus and stakeholder objectives
Benchmark category practices with global developments to identify initiatives for improvement
Analyze data and define category profile, incl. risk assessment and supplier base assessment
Assess impact of changing requirements, including legislation and policies
Connect to the market and suppliers; be close to innovation and look for future developments
Define buying channel strategies, identify automation potential and channel effectiveness
Ensure successful implementation of global strategy and agreements:
Coordinate resource allocation to support global initiatives (incl. stakeholders like Legal)
Lead global negotiations and sourcing activities in line with global category strategy
Support business profitability (incl. sales and speed to value) related to travel across Accenture
Promote the use of contracts and buying channels according to category strategies
Develop buying channel strategy, category risk assessment and payment strategy for sub-categories
Own and maintain all procurement specific travel data & analytics, incl. insights mgmt. & market data
Initiate internal and external category analysis (industry, supplier and Accenture focused)
Consolidate requirements and act as business partner for Global Mobility and other functions,
Support the alignment and optimization of specification with the business / other functions
Manage supplier and customer relationships on a global level:
Manage global supplier relationships in line with Global Category and 360 Value Mgmt. strategy
Develop and maintain effective strategic relationships with key internal customers and stakeholders
Manage internal customer feedback on category organization & supplier performance
Proactively organize sessions with internal customers to identify value contribution opportunities
Global Mobility stakeholder engagement and forward looking, collaborative innovation scouting
Ensure that input from stakeholders is considered in the category strategy and sourcing processes
Act as an escalation point for category related issues and drive resolution in line with global targets
Maintain and manage relationships with suppliers identified as key suppliers in the respective category
Monitor performance of key strategic suppliers according to the guidelines
Lead supplier development activities: set up cross-functional review meetings with key strategic suppliers to improve performance and further cost / demand reductions
Support the identification of potential contract improvement opportunities and re-negotiations
Provide input on volume/ specification/ price to build smart consumption policies
Achieve “buy-in” from key stakeholders for major procurement initiatives
Perform category management activities for projects on a global level:
Manage the category strategy implementation/execution for global projects and initiatives
Drive supplier performance by, for example, discussing lessons learned across different markets
Perform supplier selection and fact-based negotiations in alignment with Global Mobility Leads
Involve the business for actions related to supplier base optimization, KPI implementation
Drive deep travel & mobility market intelligence into all aspects of the value proposition
Be accountable for savings delivery according to the mutually defined targets
Global and Regional Global Mobility Leads
Global and Regional Business Stakeholders
Regional Procurement Delivery Leads
Global Procurement Delivery Leads
Regional Category Leads and Specialists
Global Category Specialists
Global Category Director
Here's What You Need:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
Minimum of 8 years working experience in Procurement environment, with international project and people management elements specifically within Travel and Mobility
Minimum 7 years of experience working with senior executives to implement and manage initiatives in a highly complex matrix organization
Master’s degree with emphasis on the areas of business, economics, procurement, travel or comparable professional education
Expert in category management, sourcing as well as project management and planning
Excellent knowledge of procurement and category strategy development and conveyance
Expert knowledge in sourcing and procurement methodologies and concepts
Advanced knowledge of the travel & mobility industry and commercial models
Expert in analytics and the ability to analyze specifications and influence demand
As required by Colorado law under the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, Accenture provides a reasonable range of compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only, the range of starting pay for this role is $73,764 - $170,100 and information on benefits offered is here.
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