IT Strategic Sourcing Category Manager - Cross Category initiatives

GSS provides shared services to the Group companies, with Head Office in Italy and branches in 5 European countries, a total staff of about 1.000 people. For the Group Procurement Division within GSS we are looking for an IT Strategic Sourcing Category Manager - Cross Category Initiatives  

GSS provides shared services to the Group companies, with Head Office in Italy and branches in 5 European countries, a total staff of about 1.000 people.

For the Group Procurement Division within GSS we are looking for an IT Strategic Sourcing Category Manager - Cross Category Initiatives

 

The IT Strategic Sourcing Category Manager has the mandate and the responsibility for managing at global level IT Procurement (software, hardware and IT services) for the Generali Group subsidiaries. This also includes the respective category-internal supplier management. The Category Manager conceptualizes, organizes, implements and steers strategic pooling and sourcing activities. He/ She develops partnership with internal customers across the company. The goal of the activities is to achieve the best possible conditions for the whole Generali group (optimal in the sense of quality, time to market and costs) and to ensure an optimal supplier base.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for target achievement and fulfillment of existing reporting requirements
  • Help establish group wide transparency and segmentation of the IT spending
  • Responsible for development and alignment of global category strategies for the defined sub-categories together with the relevant internal stakeholders, identification of preferred suppliers and engagement governance by sub-category
  • Development of demand management plans together with the relevant internal stakeholders
  • Continuous market intelligence / analyses to identify alternative suppliers, new developments and improved solutions, prediction of price developments as basis for improvement measures
  • Identification of cost reduction and optimization levers for the defined categories and active analysis of optimization levers in regards to demand volume and specifications
  • Ensure application of state of the art methods and tools (e.g. demand management, design-to-cost, TCO)
  • Responsible for implementation of the category strategy within the defined area of responsibility
  • Responsible for the achievement of savings target as aligned with Procurement Strategy and the Head of IT Strategic Sourcing
  • Active management of the main category-internal suppliers as well as their integration into demand and specification management processes, monitoring of supplier performance, gathering of customer feedback
  • Responsible for performing tenders and conducting negotiations
  • Conclusion of global frame contracts (respectively single contracts) with main suppliers

The IT Strategic Sourcing Category Manager is closely aligned with the Head of IT Strategic Sourcing:

  • The Head of IT Strategic Sourcing provides senior management sponsorship. The Strategic IT Category Manager will report directly to the Head of IT Strategic Sourcing
  • Additionally, the Strategic IT Category Manager must constantly align the strategy with all country procurement departments as well as internal customers

Expected Target Achievements:

  • Full spend transparency and segmentation across the group
  • Identify and establish partnership with his key stakeholders at Group and Country Level
  • Draft Global sub category strategies and alignment with the countries and internal customers
  • Negotiate Group global contracts
  • Define preferred supplier list
  • Harmonize specifications and performance management program
  • Define savings levers and resulting measures as planned

The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

Must have
  • Experience with procurement of IT SW Licenses and Maintenance, HW Products and maintenance, IT Services (Application development and maintenance, infrastructure services, operations, IT consultancy)
  • Consultative skills and ability to interact at senior level within Generali and within the Industry
  • University level degree or comparable
  • Problem-solving and analytical skillset

Soft Skills

  • Communication skills and ability to manage a wide array of different stakeholders
  • Strong operational focus, ability to drive topics and deliver results even under pressure and time   constraints
  • Cross-country team management
  • Fluent English, another European language is a plus
  • Integrity
  • Proactivity, high energy and enthusiasm, with a "hands-on" approach, resilience
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to effectively influence, persuade across geographies, cultures, markets and levels of seniority
  • A global mindset
  • Passionate
  • A "quality-driven" individual
  • Embrace change and motivate, mobilize all respective stakeholders