Senior Manager Procurement. Digital & IT Solutions

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


Drive the development of sourcing strategies and management of global technology suppliers and start-ups for best value, quality and service including but not limited to:


  • Strategic supplier selection, contracting, renewals, life cycle planning and costing
  • Deployment of both agile sourcing and progressive onboarding techniques
  • Realization of stakeholder management to maximize total value contribution
  • Assure achieving compliance targets with policies, strategies, and processes
  • Strive to meet the mutually agreed Procurement targets contributing to the overall budget targets


Key Responsibilities:


Define sourcing strategy for the global category Digital & IT Solutions


  • Analyze relevant contracts to identify opportunities for savings and revenue assurance
  • Benchmark category practices to identify initiatives for improvement
  • Develop, deliver and maintain a Digital & IT Sourcing Roadmap consistent with the Business strategy
  • Develop and leverage strong business and professional relationships with both strategic and niche suppliers
  • Define P2P and buying channel strategies, identify and consider automation potential and P2P/ channel effectiveness


Develop and leverage industry, technology and supplier knowledge:


  • Employ advanced knowledge of both key global technology players and start-ups
  • Proficiently manage and measure suppliers for continuous performance improvement
  • Initiate internal and external analysis (industry and supplier)
  • Consolidate requirements and act as business partner for business and IT functions
  • Reposition the Digital & IT solutions portfolio to fuel growth by balancing cost and capability


Support the work and efforts of a cross-functional sourcing team in all stages of a strategic sourcing project:


  • Collaborate and align with global/ market/ country procurement teams as applicable
  • Drive supplier selection and fact-based negotiations
  • Lead RfX execution: Select supplier and drive fact-based negotiations
  • Collaborate with legal to finalize contractual agreement and its administration
  • Work with Procurement Leads to implement and activate contracts globally


Manage commercial supplier relationship management with key suppliers within the defined category and market scope:


  • Maintain and manage relationship with suppliers identified as key suppliers in the respective category, monitors performance of key strategic suppliers according to the guidelines
  • Lead supplier development activities; set up cross-functional review meetings with key strategic suppliers to improve performance and further cost / demand reductions
  • Support the identification of potential contract improvement opportunities and re-negotiations


Manage relationship with key stakeholders and business representatives:


  • Achieve “buy-in” from key stakeholders in the market for major procurement initiatives
  • Create and outline contribution for budget improvements
  • Foster that business needs are being identified, represented and incorporated into category strategies
  • Act as Point of Contact for the business to assure business requirements are met


Key Relationships:


  • Procurement: VP, Senior Director, Director Levels
  • Business & IT: VP, Senior Director, Director, Senior Manager, Manager Levels


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Experience in identifying and exploiting new value streams enabled by the creative application of existing or leading-edge technologies
  • Advanced knowledge in sourcing methodologies and concepts, business partnering and category management within the Digital & IT Solutions
  • Knowledge of, and passion for, technology trends e.g. Predictive Analytics, Advanced Machine Learning, Big Data, RPA, Blockchain, Internet of Things
  • Knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles and agile practices needed to achieve successful outcomes in cross-functional projects and activities
  • Strong ability to analyze specifications and influence demand
  • Capability to independently interact throughout the adidas Group
  • Good analytical, presentation, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Action oriented and solution minded team player with high degree of self-management
  • Proficiency in MS Office and preferably SAP MM/ SRM
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Travel of up to 20%


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree with emphasis on the areas of Computer Science, Information Systems or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in a similar functional domain or other related positions, preferably knowledge of category at hand; experience with supplier selection, negotiation and contracting

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Job Title:  Senior Manager Procurement. Digital & IT Solutions

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Amsterdam
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  NH
Country/Region:  NL
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  348948
Date:  Nov 27, 2021