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Category Specialist, IT - DFS5218195 in Singapore at DFS

Date Posted: 5/25/2019

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Job Description

The Category Specialist will be accountable for the execution of global supply systems for the purpose of providing a means of delivering non-merchandize products or services for one-time and replenishment purchasing needs. This position will also be responsible for global, divisional or localized contract opportunities for IT products and services. Responsibilities with these activities will include, but not be limited to: data assembly, vendor search and engagement, data analytic, research into the product or service, negotiation of contracts, contract development and consensus building to improve participation, as well as renewal of expiring contracts. The Category Specialist will manage participation and compliance of the divisions, functioning as a leader and deploying all necessary efforts to communicate and coordinate the implementation and maintenance of global, divisional and localized contracts. He/She will maintain close communication with all divisions to understand the needs and expectations at field level and will act as a conduit between the field and global procurement team. The eventual increase in participation will improve the value received by the division and will have a direct impact on EBITDA. This position will serve to maximize the use of new technology, systems and processes that may be deployed to support Global procurement activities.

Key Responsibilities:

• Communicate and coordinate all activities necessary for the implementation of global, divisional and localized contracts.
• Maintain alignment with field and global sourcing activities.
• Manage participation and compliance.
• Be an interactive agent to encourage and build procurement process improvements at the field level.
• Manage sourcing technology activities such as, but not limited to: reverse auctions, bid system templates, E-platform development, etc.
• Conduct Spend data analysis and management.
• Identify, investigate and qualify vendors for divisional contracting for IT products and/or services.
• Conduct vendor qualification research
• Conduct product testing and qualification
• Analyze proposals and make recommendations to Senior Management for contracting for products and/or services.
• Manage local suppliers and incorporate the resources of vendors to drive standards.
• Manage DFS needs and expectations to vendors.
• Conduct periodic audits of divisional and localized contract pricing.
• Monitors performance of supplier (s) against agreed performance criteria.

Key Requirements:

• Strong analytical and diagnostic skills.
• Strong communication and relationship building skills, in variety of contexts.
• Organization skills and ability to assimilate to taught negotiation strategies.
• Possesses a broad knowledge of divisional complexities.
• Assertive personality and ability to proactively eliminate barriers.
• Good technical skills, specifically spreadsheet development.
• Leadership skills and abilities
• Preferable IT degree or related business education.
• Minimum of three years of sourcing experience in IT equipment and services especially digital services.