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Operational Commodity Buyer for IT Purchasing

Country/Region:  RO

Timisoara, Timis, RO, 300159

Req ID 51634 Timisoara, Romania

  • Manage various spends under IT commodity like Infra, Hardware, Software, IT consulting services, Cloud, SAAS, Digitalization Tools and Services.
  • Define the spend under right commodity classification to track and manage the same.
  • Define statement of work (SOW) covering performance measures- KPIs/ metrics, SLAs, acceptance criteria, commercials, risk/reward provisions etc. to conduct the RFP’s.
  • Work with internal business stakeholders and partner with them to comply with end-to-end procurement process, policies, templates, RASIC, deal risks, and possible risk mitigation steps as part of sourcing process and or contracting.
  • Articulate and apply various commercial & engagement model options like managed capacity, managed outcome, managed services, gain-share etc. for all spends.
  • Enable Procure-to-Contract compliance with all applicable sourcing processes, policies.
  • Independently execute processes for Supplier negotiations, Vendor Selection, Contract execution.
  • Define and implement plans in line with global commodity strategy, decision trees, play book etc.
  • Consolidate supplier base; bring in alternative sources to ensure uninterrupted supply of services and delivered at optimal costs, within the expected timelines and with specified quality terms.
  • Conduct periodic market research incl. monitoring of market trends and supply/demand factors to help in the decision-making process.
  • Establish periodic communication with key stakeholders to ensure agreement and adoption of commodity strategies, review of activities undertaken and maintenance of strong customer service.
  • Lead proactive review of Contracts for Renewal / re-source or amend per internal strategy.
  • Periodic MIS reporting of projects, contracts and associated spend and financial analytics.
  • Qualification:
  • 10 years of experience in strategic sourcing of IT spend.
  • Experience of procurement/ sourcing and contracting for Cloud Services.
  • Understanding of how to analyze a category cost structure
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Experience or good understanding of electronic procurement/ sourcing tools.
  • Strong understanding of end-to-end Source/ Procure-to-Pay processes and tools.
  • Experience working within a very strong compliance and regulatory culture, driving policies and procedures, both internally and externally.
  • Strong risk and control culture and an understanding of Supplier Screening programs with the ability to evaluate and mitigate any associated potential business risk.
  • Strong presentation skills, including experience using Excel pivot tables, Power BI and PowerPoint to support analytical techniques and presentation of data.
  • Ability to extract detailed procurement requirements from internal business stakeholders, and to translate business requirements into contract terms.
  • Ability to proactively identify material, unmitigated business or contract risks on a particular deal, to articulate effectively to stakeholders, and to find appropriate solutions.
  • Tenacious and resilient approach.
  • Skilled in building relationships; confident, firm, empowering and positive attitude towards people and of personal stature and reputation to ensure ready acceptance within the company and to create a favorable representation.
  • Collaborative style, including experience of navigating through matrix organizational responsibilities, organizational change, and working across all global regions, global time zones and teams to elicit successful and collaborative approaches and solutions.
  • Proactive, hands-on approach and strong organizational skills with capability to manage and the ability to juggle multiple priorities and types of work.
  • Excellent English communication skills (verbal & written, incl. contracting) required
  • Engineering Graduate with MBA preferred.


Be part of our ZF team as Operational Commodity Buyer for IT Purchasing and apply now!


Alexandra Moldovan

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