Accenture Procurement Category Associate Manager, IT in Seattle, Washington

Title: Procurement Category Associate Manager, IT Location: USA-NC - Raleigh Other Locations: USA-PA - King Of Prussia, USA-MA - Boston, USA-CA - Oakland, USA-WA - Seattle, USA-AZ -Phoenix, USA-CA - Irvine, USA-CA - Sacramento, USA-CA - San Francisco, USA-IL - Chicago, USA-PA - Pittsburgh Job Number: 00419207

Accenture is one of the world’s 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 world’s most dynamic companies, to transform procurement and drive sustainable changes to their cost structures.

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Outsourcing 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 outsourcing services, including finance and accounting, procurement and human resources. Depending on the role, Outsourcing professionals may be based at a client’s office or in one of Accenture’s 50 delivery centers around the world.

The Position:

The Procurement Category Associate Manager will utilize their deep IT sourcing and supplier management experience to help our customers drive tangible results. In this capacity, you will work directly with an Accenture customer/s with responsibility for delivering category management services including, but not limited to, strategic sourcing, client stakeholder management, supplier performance management, and continuous cost and performance improvement. Additionally, you will develop and provide oversight for the execution of IT sourcing strategies that support each customer’s business goals while achieving optimal pricing, quality and service levels.

Job Responsibilities:

Design and implement cost savings projects across multiple sub-categories including IT sub-categories including Laptop/Desktop Hardware, Intel-level Servers, Mid-range Hardware, Storage, Telecom Hardware, Shrink Wrap Software, Application Software, Long Distance Voice-Data, and Wireless Services Engage with customers’ senior management team members to drive and communicate progress Collaborate with external / internal clients to develop strategic category plans Develop and manage sourcing pipeline, continuous improvement initiatives and ensure procurement solutions are addressing related client metrics and contracted SLAs for designated Category Implement supplier performance management and contract management metrics and guidance, and manage procurement processes in addition to spend, market intelligence and, financial analyses for designated clients Measure and manage “suppliers’” (aka providers, agencies, etc.) performance relative to contracted service levels Develop, own, manage and update Category Plans, including sourcing pipeline Develop and implement SRM practices specific to client need and supplier development strategy Implement and support enforcement of buying and contracting processes Actively monitor and communicate category insights, trends and conduct market research for designated clients throughout contract term Establish, maintain and manage relationship with clients (both functional stake holders and procurement) Effectively raise issues/concerns before they arise and present options for resolution specific to client relationships Work with Client Delivery to ensure that services are delivered in accordance with contractual / service level obligations Ensure that services are provided within assigned budgets and timelines; take action necessary to address any issues The Opportunity:

Further advance program and senior client relationship management skills Grow IT category knowledge to expert levels, creating growth opportunities for self, team and company Lead all associated delivery team members to achieve target results and customer satisfaction Contribute to IT Practice value proposition through collateral development and input into tools/applications Qualifications: Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree Minimum of 8 years of experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supply chain management, or managing clients Minimum of 5 year of experience in IT categories including: Laptop/Desktop Hardware, Intel-level Servers, Mid-range Hardware, Storage, Telecom Hardware, Shrink Wrap Software, Application Software, Long Distance Voice-Data, and Wireless Services Ability to travel up to 40% (domestic) Preferred Qualifications:

Post-Graduate degree preferred Ability to interface with customers and suppliers via strong written and verbal communications skills Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Formal training and/or experience in strategic sourcing Ability to effectively lead formal strategic sourcing efforts Proficiency in spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and presentation software (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint) Professional Skills:

Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a wide range of suppliers Well-developed, solution-oriented selling skills Ability to drive transformational change Excellent communication, organization/time management and problem solving skills Solid multi-phase project management skills Strong ability to effectively manage in a matrix organizational structure working with multiple internal clients Ability to adapt to the varied corporate cultures and organizational structures of our customers Exceptional track record of building relationships with stakeholders or customers that have resulted in high customer satisfaction Ability to act independently and can interface with customers and suppliers via strong written and verbal communications skills Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment Excellent leadership and management skills

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