1+ months

Procurement Category Associate Manager, Technology

Houston, TX 77007
We Are:

Accenture is one of the worlds 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 worlds 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 youd 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 for technology work on projects across a range of technology categories such as Software, Services and infrastructure. For one or more of the aforementioned categories, they provide clients seasoned insights, thought leadership, and market leading advice as part of executing sourcing events, delivering commercial constructs and negotiating complex deals. A key aspect of the role is to build and manage relationships with client stakeholders across all levels including the C-suite. Depending on the project, Business Process Services professionals travel to client sites as required.

You Are:
Accenture is seeking a strong thought leader with deep category expertise for the role of Procurement Category Advisor where you will focus on sourcing and category knowledge in the one or more of the following technology categories:

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.
The Work:
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

Heres What You Need:
Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience
Minimum of 7 years of technology sourcing/ technology consulting/or related experience
Minimum of 3 years of strategic sourcing, consulting or related professional industry experience related to ONE or more of the following areas:
Cloud: including public cloud offerings such as AWS, Google, and Azure
Infrastructure: including servers, end-user computing, print services, storage, and security, Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Telecom: including unified systems (WebEx, Skype, etc.), LAN/WAN technologies, mobility, wireline, and software-defined networking
Software: including SaaS, ELAs with major vendors, maintenance renewals, security, and Platform-as-a-Service
Services: managed services, devops, strategic consulting services, cloud managed services, application and infrastructure services, contact centers, requirements development

Bonus Points:
Thorough understanding of the supplier landscape, interpretation of market trends, and existing positive relationships within industries related to the identified categories listed above
Ability to develop and frequently refresh market intelligence and insight tools to support internal sourcing teams and educate external client stakeholders
Ability to apply insights to customers situation for meaningful impact and influence senior level client stakeholders
Ability to adapt to the varied corporate cultures and organizational structures of our customers and effectively manage in a matrix organizational structure working with multiple internal stakeholders
Strong sourcing knowledge to be able to translate category to sourcing strategy

Travel Requirements:
This position requires travel up to 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.

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

Accenture is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity
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.

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

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


Posted: 2020-02-21 Expires: 2020-04-08

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