Procurement Category Manager (Fluent German)

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At IBM, work is more than a job – it’s a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you’ve never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems? If so, lets talk.

**Your Role and Responsibilities**

**General Purpose:**

IBM is looking for a self-driven procurement professional, English language knowledge to support an external client

Responsible for executing category strategy and managing the contractual commitments for a given category. This role will report to a people manager within Procurement Services organization, with business direction provided by a Sourcing Manager. Requires the ability to conduct market analysis, including market drivers, supplier profiles and relative negotiating positions and create and consult on Category management and strategies. Expected travel: approximately 2-3 days a week in first months then will taper as required

**Main Responsibility Areas:**

+ Provide category support as assigned by the Client Sourcing Consultant and Category Strategy Leader

+ Owns primary responsibility to achieve client success against all contractual commitments at a category level

+ Responsible to understand category deliverables, savings commitments, milestones and obligations, and establish a project plan to meet each

+ Develop integrated (tactical and strategic) category sourcing strategy which delivers short term savings and drives category transformation through time

+ Provide category leadership and direction to Category Buyers

+ Responsible for on- going category management activities including driving supplier performance, demand management savings, and increasing category compliance

+ Communicate and negotiate with clients and suppliers through all levels of organization, primary interface to key category client stakeholders

**Required Technical and Professional Expertise**

+ Fluent German

+ Fluent English

+ Fluency in any of the following languages: German, French, Spanish

+ Decision making skills

+ Deep, specific category sourcing knowledge

+ Client facing skills

+ Demonstrated Negotiation skills and expertise

+ Supplier relationship management expertise

+ Strong communication skills


+ Proactive character, taking the initiative

+ Assertive personality

+ Team player attitude

+ Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

+ Attention to detail and accuracy in every aspect of the role

+ Flexibility to undertake any non-routine requests

+ Open for new challenges and look for win-win situations

**Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise**

IT Skills preferred: Lotus Notes, MS Office, Outlook, Ariba, SAP, etc.

**About Business Unit**

The IBM Finance organization is responsible for driving enterprise performance and transformation. We are the financial stewards of IBM, delivering IBM’s financial strategy, developing new business models, and mitigating enterprise risk. Do you have a passion for creating business value? Join our team in accounting, financial planning, pricing, business controls, tax, treasury, business development (acquisitions & divestitures), and global financing.

**Your Life @ IBM**

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Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

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**About IBM**

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

**Location Statement**

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

**Being You @ IBM**

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.