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Category Manager Unified Communications & Connectivity

Posting Country:  Luxembourg
Date Posted:  16-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 SCM Vodafone Business –Unified Communications & Connectivity (UCC) 
Location Luxembourg HM Ludovich Schlechter

As a Category Manager SCM VB- UCC you will create and implement the material category strategy (“MCS”) for Unified Communications & Connectivity (UCC). You will lead negotiation of the contracts in this area interacting with Product Teams and the local SCM teams across Vodafone Group. You will deliver the optimal cost of ownership, create savings and centrally managed spend target whilst securing the delivery of projects in accordance with global strategy. Next to that you enthusiastically support global contract management and governance structures. This is an exciting role for an experienced, innovative and self-driven procurement professional with a track record of delivering ambitious targets in Telecom and Enterprise related Procurement.   
You will
•    Optimise supplier performance through strong commercial management, ensuring business value is delivered & competitive advantage is maintained
•    Drive supplier selection and recommendation: commercial strategy, negotiations,  savings, cost modelling, contract with suppliers 
•    Develop and support the category strategy for UCC, create innovatice commercial models and supplier roadmap
•    Build and maintain a strong partnership with Vodafone’s stakeholders at Group and local market level and ensure continuous alignment with the category strategy;
•    Manage relationship with key internal stakeholders (Products & Solutions, Line Of Business, Technology Enterprise Services, Supply Chain) at Group and local level 
•    Work agile, take part/lead cross-category and/or cross-company projects 
It would be nice if you have..
•    Solid experience in Telco business and in particular in Unified Communications & Connectivity and /or Connectivity business in a B2B context 
•    Specific market / products / supplier knowledge in one or several of the following areas: IPVPN, SD-WAN, Unified Communication as a Services (UCaaS), Communication Platform as a Service (CPaaS),  IP Telephony, Contact Center
•    Excellent negotiation skills and commercial acumen (in particular in the context of procurement / strategic sourcing ) and strong communication and persuasion skills 
You must have…
•    Master/MBA degree or equivalent
•    Excellent English, other languages (Italian, Spanish, German) are a plus
•    Strong analytical skills and ability to conceptualize
•    Ability to work across different cultures & hierarchies
•    Able to work in an international, functional matrix environment with a certain degree of ambiguity #groupresourcing

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.