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Category Manager IT

Posting Country:  Luxembourg
Date Posted:  09-Oct-2021
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.


Category Manager - Enterprise Software and Professional Services
Location Luxembourg, Hiring Manager Sara Robles Moreno, Recruiter Pascal van Benschop

As a Category manager Enterprise Software and Professional Services you will be part of the Enterprise IT, Digital and Security team in VPC and will be responsible for specific initiatives related to SaaS and IT professional services. An exciting role for a dynamic, innovative and enthusiastic individual with a strong appetite to develop new activities/deliver ambitious targets in the Enterprise categories. You will be part of our empowering global procurement function looking after the contracting process, negotiation and stakeholder relationship.
You will
• Negotiate and deliver global agreements across local markets
• Evaluate and negotiate complex pricing models ensuring the delivery of savings and working capital
• Support the category strategy for Enterprise Software and Professional Services 
• Build and maintain a very strong partnership with Vodafone’s stakeholders at Group and local market level to ensure continuous alignment with the category strategy
• Optimise supplier performance through strong commercial management, ensuring business value is delivered & competitive advantage is maintained
• Report into a Principal Category Manager and act as a primary point of contact for the appointed vendors as well as the various global and local business functions.
It would be nice if you have…
• Can deal with an international, functional matrix environment with a certain degree of ambiguity
• Business acumen: knows the competition, the market place, knowledgeable in practices and trends
• Good interpersonal skills and multinational experience
• Working proficiency in English
You must have…
• University degree, master degree preferred
• Excellent analytical and negotiation, communication and stakeholder management skills
• Effective influencing and persuasion skills with both external and internal stakeholders
• Leadership skills to lead cross functional teams
• Knowledge on software and professional services negotiation
• You are demanding with yourself and others with a passion for delivering high quality outputs
• Experience of at least 5 years working in Purchasing
• High level of proficiency with Excel, Word and Power Point
• Proactive and pragmatic work ethic, creative and out-of-the box thinking #groupresourcing


Supply Market Dynamics and Insights
Procurement Negotiation
Business Partnering
Commercial Contract Management
Demand Optimisation

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.