Senior Procurement Specialist -IT Category

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Our client are a leading Financial Services business and are a forward thinking business in terms of the way their Procurement Operation is seen as an internal part of driving delivery through change management. Our client are now looking to bring on-board a Senior Procurement Specialist -IT

 

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, the purpose of the role is to lead and continually improve the formed Procurement department's work in providing a top class support function to their ever-changing business. Working as part of the Procurement Team, the Senior Procurement Specialist -IT is responsible for the engagement of the business in strategic category plans, IT category procurement, day to day operational supplier engagement and management. The incumbent will become a trusted advisor to the business on all procurement/commercial matters through delivering year on year value and achievement of goals.

 

The role holder will be responsible for Strategic IT category management, including defining the overall strategy, working closely with stakeholders and decision makers, and delivering on the agreed programme of work resulting in benefits for our client. The individual must be an IT Procurement Specialist with in depth knowledge of supplier technology and services in the marketplace, and experience working with suppliers to negotiate enterprise contracts in a variety of IT categories, specifically on the following solutions and suppliers:

 

    • Acquisition of software, hardware, maintenance/support and services for mainframe, midrange and distributed systems

    • Acquisition of IT managed services, outsourcing (SYSC) and reseller arrangements

    • Acquisition of on premise and cloud business applications

    • Previous experience in working with big name and global IT Suppliers

    • Actively lead colleagues through all steps of the procurement and outsourcing processes, to ensure best value for money is achieved and risks are identified and mitigated.

    • Commercial Guidance: Advise our businesses on efficient and effective procurement strategies, and provide recommendations on how supply chain performance can be improved. Be seen as a Trusted Partner by building positive and collaborative working relationships.

    • Trusted Partner: Identify, build and manage relationships through effective communication with all stakeholders, including external third parties, acting as the primary point of contact for supply chain management activity.

    • Negotiation: Negotiate with suppliers to establish commercially robust agreements. Ensure all negotiated terms are clearly documented and that they meet the requirements for our client technically, financially and legally.

 

To be successful in this demanding role you will be:-

 

    • Qualified to degree level Undergraduate Degree or equivalent

    • Membership of UK and Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply preferable

    • Procurement expertise across multiple IT categories (incl. Telco) and a high level negotiation proficiency

    • Comprehensive understanding of complex legal agreements

    • Demonstrates a positive and enthusiastic approach to work

    • Proven track record of engaging with and influencing stakeholders at all levels within an organisation

 

 


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