Category Manager SCM Vodafone Business – Unified Communications & Connectivity (UCC) (F/M)

Publiée le 25/01/2022

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Category Manager SCM Vodafone Business –Unified Communications & Connectivity (UCC) (m/f)

Location Luxembourg


Our purpose at Vodafone is to connect for a better future. 

We are optimistic about how technology and connectivity can enhance the future and improve people’s lives. We’re always innovating, experimenting, learning, and improving. 

Vodafone is a leader in technology communications through mobile, fixed, broadband and TV. We have extensive experience in connectivity, convergence and the Internet of Things, as well as championing mobile financial services and digital transformation in emerging markets. 

We connect over 334 million people, and organisations of all sizes, to the digital society.

We are restless and passionate about creating a better future for all. We are always open to new things, and curious to create solutions that our customers will love. We are constantly learning to innovate the way we operate, set our global standards and to deliver on our strategy. Our ambition is to improve 1 billion lives and half our environmental impact by 2025. It’s up to each of us to make this happen. Ready?

Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC)

The Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC) in Luxembourg is part of Vodafone Group and drive our aspiration to connect for a better future. We purchase products and services from across the globe to help run our business at its very best. We support our people to deliver on our strategy and be a brand loved by our customers, communities, co-partners and colleagues. We give and take ownership to make the most of our many talents and we are always learning to grow ourselves and our business. We get it done, together. Aspiring to be a brand our customers love, we think big, take risks and are always curious to learn. Are you?


Your Role in the VPC

As a VPC Category Manager you will be responsible to create and manage one of the material category strategies (“MCS”) within the Unified Communications & Connectivity (UCC) portfolio. You will source and lead negotiation (commercial, contracts) with related suppliersto support ourstrategy and fulfil the needs of our key stakeholders (Line of Business, Technology Product owners, local Supply Chain, etc.) 

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. Furthermore, you create innovative commercial models, contribute to the category supplier roadmap and ensure longer term sourcing decision are considered during category development. Next to that you enthusiastically support global contract management and governance structures.

You will be joining a dynamic, collaborative and high-performing team and will be given the opportunities to deal with a variety of projectsranging from driving high-profile global products/supplier’s negotiation to supporting our sales team to win new Vodafone Business customer bids. We indeed have that chance to be running procurement activities which we can link to revenue growth and customer experience.

This is an exciting role for an experienced, innovative and self-driven procurement professional with a track record of delivering ambitious targets meanwhile sharing our Purpose

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
  • Build and maintain a strong partnership with Vodafone’s stakeholders at Group and local market level and ensure continuous alignment with the category strategy
  • Report into a Principal Category Manager and act as a primary point of contact for the appointed specialist vendor, projects and sub-categories
  • 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 preferably)
  • Knowledge in following market / products / technologies(and associated vendor ecosystem) considered a real plus : WAN/SD-WAN , LAN Services, Unified Communication as a Services (UCaaS), Collaboration / IP Telephony (E.g, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Team, etc.) , LAN services , Connected Education
  • Excellent commercial & contractual negotiation skills 
  • Business acumen beyond traditional procurement activities as you need to strive for being also an advisor to your stakeholders about your supplier markets 
  • Excellent communication and persuasion skills 

You must have…

  • Master/MBA degree or equivalent in Business, Supply Chain and / or Engineering 
  • Solid procurement experience in IT/Telco business
  • Excellent English skills, 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 
  • Flexible and adaptable to cope with the variety of projects and tasks and the ambiguity inherent to large matrix organisation 
  • Excellent English skills – written and spoken 

What’s in it for you?

  • Working on exciting high profile projects such as launch of new products for Vodafone Enterprise business and drive Growth with Purpose
  • Further your career within a multinational company
  • Gain Knowledge of Global Procurement. 
  • Develop strong negotiation and communication skills.
  • The ability to lead, develop and motivate a complex virtual team, and ensure the successful delivery of financial targets
  • 28 days holiday (with the option to buy or sell 5 days) plus 11 public holidays
  • Flexible working
  • State pension matching scheme of up to 8%
  • 5 paid days leave for charity projects
  • Access to Vodafone University and LinkedIn Learning
  • Voluntary AXA Health Insurance
  • Voluntary AXA Pension Scheme
  • Sympass

Our commitment

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people by offering a flexible, motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised, developed and rewarded. We believe that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business and we are committed to creating an inclusive work environment which respects, values, celebrates and makes the most of people’s individual differences - we are not only multinational but multicultural too.

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