Category Manager - Network Procurement
Every great brand stands for something and, at Vodafone, our purpose is ‘to connect for a better future’.
Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in Europe and Africa. Our expertise and scale give us a unique opportunity to drive positive change for society. Our networks keep family, friends, businesses and governments connected and – as the COVID-19 pandemic has proven – we play a vital role in keeping economies running and the functioning of critical sectors like education and healthcare.
Working at Vodafone is all about helping people to benefit from the new technology and innovations. We bring the future to even the most remote places, using technology to help families in disaster zones, enabling access to digital for the vulnerable, connecting millions of vehicles to the internet and thinking about technology that doesn’t even exist yet.
Over 30 years ago, we made the first ever mobile phone call and sent the first SMS in Britain and have been changing the lives of billions of people ever since. In Romania, we are also carrying a long history of firsts – first mobile operator in Romania, first GSM operator to launch the short messaging service (SMS) and first to offer GPRS (2001), 3G (2005), 4G (2012) and 5G (2019) services – and innovations: we offered world’s first live hologram concert and, later, 4K holograms of Romanian mothers.
We believe being different is good. We can only leverage this diversity by building an inclusive culture where everyone is respected, can be themselves and strive to be their best. We do this through our maternity and parental leave policies, by empowering women through connectivity and improving access to education and digital skills for women, girls, and society at large. We are respectful of all individuals, irrespective of race, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, belief, culture or religion. Your different perspectives help us to shape the future.
At Vodafone, we are also taking significant steps to reduce our impact on our planet by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025, purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and reusing, reselling or recycling 100% of our redundant network equipment.
The future is exciting. Ready?
Core competencies, knowledge and experience:
•Supply Market Dynamics and Insights- Has a clear understanding of local industry trends, economic, financial and market dynamics, commercial models and demonstrates business foresight to contribute to global category strategy and / or enable delivery of effective sourcing activities.
•Commercial Contract Management - Protects Vodafone's interests by developing commercial contracts based on thorough understanding of legal and ethical environments and manages contract related KPIs and ensure minimal value leakage
•Demand Optimisation - Analyse data and generate insights to question and influence local business requirements to optimize demand linked to local business strategy and budget
•Procurement Negotiation - Ability to support centrally led complex and high value negotiations as well as lead local tactical negotiations by applying creative models, leveraging various cost programs and using various behavioural techniques to achieve best commercial outcome for Vodafone.
•Business Partnering - Demonstrates robust understanding of business, identifies and prioritises stakeholders, builds sustainable relationships to drive increased business performance and best value outcomes.
•Minimum 5 years experience in a similar role;
•IT/ Telecom industry knowledge.
The Supply Chain Business Partner will be assigned to internal stakeholder groups and will be responsible for building strong relationships across a number of internal functions and be the ambassador of SCM creating credibility and driving commercial savings throughout the Supply Chain.
Key accountabilities and decision ownership:
•Interactions with stakeholders across the business to build strong and credible relationships in order to maximize overall delivery.
•Use BI tools (Iview, Celonis, etc.) to identify opportunities, with ability to leverage the global sourcing function at the Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC). Utilising Design to Cost methodology to support sourcing and to ensure maximum value is achieved through our key contracts.
•Uses judgement based on analysis of demand management and is expected to resolve problems by identifying and selecting solutions through the application of acquired technical experience.
•Understands the Business Partner context within SCM and the impact of its performance on all other teams within the local market, by tracking KPIs.
•Supports overall governance of demand management, to ensure the quality of end to end demand management process for the local market.
•Helps to define best practices.