27 days old

Category & Supplier Manager

Cisco Systems Inc.
San Jose, CA 95113

What You'll Do

We are seeking an innovative applicant with software, SaaS and Cloud experience. Applicant will provide leadership in crafting, maintaining, and owning the partnership between Cisco and key software suppliers. Will facilitate at a strategic level the ongoing working relationships among Business Units, Sales/Alliance/ Channel Organizations and suppliers. Establish and maintain sophisticated working relationships that use Ciscos position in acquiring optimum solution to improve value and highlight TCO. Work closely with teams to develop and employ strategic sourcing strategies crafted to ensure an alignment between Cisco technology showcases and emerging software supplier technologies. Arrange commercial and contractual terms and conditions, SLAs (Availability, Performance, Downtime, etc.) in key strategic software agreements used globally across Cisco. Responsible for the creation and distribution of RFx offerings and ability to benchmark software against competitors and industry standards Establishes benchmarks, policies, and procedures used to lead the ongoing interaction between Cisco, its software suppliers, and key internal customers.

Responsibilities also include supporting the development of a Category Strategy including market/Supplier/Spend analysis, Spend/ product & Service optimization. You will directly execute and support the implementation of the Category Strategy. You will remain aware of industry trends and innovations and incorporate for Cisco's benefit. You will work with the Operations Teams to continuously supervise and adapt plans based on market intelligence and data.

Who You'll Work With

The successful applicant will be part of a Global Procurement Team responsible for Technology sourcing, inclusive of Software, Cloud, Hardware, Data Center, Telecommunications sourcing primarily for our IT business partner as well as multiple business functions within Cisco. This team translates Cisco's Technology needs into business value solutions for our internal business clients.

Who You Are

You have the ability to formulate a Category/Commodity Strategy including critical metrics and Savings targets and successfully lead to execution. You are highly collaborative and have a proven track record to influence partners at all levels without direct authority. You are able to anticipate impacts of decisions and actions downstream and adjust accordingly.

 Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree and 10-12 Years of demonstrated experience in Procurement Management.

 Proven track record of utilizing Six Sigma, or other recognized Continuous Improvement principles in core role.

Formulating a Category/Commodity Strategy including critical metrics and Savings targets and successfully lead to execution. E2E understanding of procurement activities. Strong Technology business acuity.

Understanding of Technology market trends within the Software and Cloud arena. Ability to demonstrate core foundational skills in the following areas: Cost accounting, Continuous Delivery, Digital Process Improvement, Analytics and Data Science, Effective Communications based on Data. Familiarity with Cognitive and AI platforms.

Why Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think were old (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but were also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do you cant put us in a box!

But Digital Transformation is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Dont care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? Thats cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!


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Posted: 2021-03-15 Expires: 2021-04-14

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