IT Procurement Specialist

Airgas Inc Wayne, PA
Job Title: IT Procurement Specialist (IT PS)

SUMMARY:

The IT Procurement Specialist works closely with IT Teams both globally and locally to provide IT Procurement support to IT Teams on services, hardware, infrastructure and software application projects (as applicable). Assure sourcing projects are aligned with the Air Liquide and Airgas stakeholder category strategy.

Understand the IT market and has strong IT Procurement experience in order to negotiate cost savings. Create relationships within the IT stakeholders to be intimately aware of the on-going or future IT Projects and become a liaison with the global IT Procurement team

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Includes the following (other duties may be assigned)

* Provide sourcing support and best purchasing practices

* Develop business plan strategies/opportunities for spend categories in conjunction with leadership

* Monitor, assess, and adjust sourcing/category strategies

* Assist in developing specifications and/or scopes of work with internal customer

* Initiate/Organize and leads the negotiations with suppliers according to the desired objectives

* Investigate, qualify, and recommend bidders

* Develop and issue formal requests for quotes/proposals (RFQ/RFP)

* Provides necessary level of information to CIO Office and participates on the Project Management when global projects are delegated to the local level

* Manage list of IT projects on a monthly basis while assuring the global IT Procurement strategy is met

* Initiate and drive with the BIS/Cluster & IT global category managers forecasting for IT efficiency opportunities and project plan

* Monitors savings and overall performance of the sourcing projects: Measure, validate, and report savings generated by the sourcing projects and the negotiations for cost cutting or avoidance per the procurement efficiency policy metrics.

* Complies with Local Procurement practices

* Provide support and input to the IT Category Managers for Key IT Vendor Management programs and ensure performance reviews with the support of the applicable category manager

REPORTING:

* Hierarchical link with Global IT Procurement Director & Functional link with Airgas VP Procurement

* IT Procurement category managers and local Procurement organization, IT teams (mainly Airgas and BIS Americas), Legal experts, internal customers and suppliers

The organization seeks a candidate with the following skills, education and experience.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

* Anticipates and challenges needs

* Self-starter

* Understands governance principles, arbitration and escalation mechanism

* Adapting personal style to effectively interact with a huge variety of people

* Seeking new ways and concepts leading to innovative solutions

* Ability to manage several matters at the same time

* Work in multicultural and multifunctional teams and network

* Results and Customers oriented

* Great communication skills (written and oral)

* Synthesis and analytical skills are a MUST

* Leadership skills to collaborate with business and functional partners like IT, Finance, HR, Legal, etc. at executive level

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES: Minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience in Supply Chain Management /Procurement/ Purchasing/ Negotiating

* Strong IT Procurement, IT and Legal knowledge, Candidate can provide strong detail from their previous experience in negotiating and contracting of SaaS, PaaS, AMD, Telecom (data and voice), Devices and IT Services.

* Strong knowledge of IT Supplier base

* Maturity in Project Management Methodology (PMO, Procurement Sourcing Methodology). Candidate can provide strong detail from their previous experience in the RFP Sourcing process.

* Strong Analytical Skills and Financial Knowledge (Supplier financial, Bid, and Spend analysis)

* Negotiation techniques

* Solid operational management and proficient business skills (excel, power point, word)

EDUCATION:

Required: Bachelor's degree in any business related field

Preferred: Advanced degree in management related field

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability

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