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IT Procurement Director Telecoms

Director of Procurement (IT resourcing category) Design, Development, and Testing

Location: Dublin.

We will consider applicants from the UK or Europe who can accommodate travel to Dublin.

Smart working may allow 3/2 days in the office and work from home.

This is a permanent executive role

It's been another busy year within this large Telecoms business, as they took forward their long-term commitments to customer-focused innovation, digital innovation, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and much more.

With approx 5 DR's, this director is responsible for leading a global category management process.

You will be accountable for delivering against this category strategy, will be the business partner to key stakeholders alongside other category directors as required, and will manage the strategic relationships with suppliers through your team.

You will be responsible for setting the agenda for strategic sourcing execution and drive innovation opportunities to realise more value.

The role:

As a procurement director within this fast-paced agile organisation, you will be responsible for leading the global category management process, accountable for hundreds of millions of spend.

Acting as a business partner to key stakeholders within the business, responsible for setting the agenda for strategic sourcing execution and drive innovation opportunities to realise more value.

You will have a degree of SRM ownership based on the supplier segmentation which may be delivered either by you or your direct reports.

Skills and Experience required

  • Responsible for the overall IT resourcing category which includes design, development and testing resource as well as associated support and maintenance services.

  • Provides Procurement leadership for key transformational programmes in IT.

  • Develops and delivers the strategic sourcing plan in line with the overall business objectives.

  • Manages Strategic IT Resource Services partners who underpin the business's IT estate, critical to internal and Customer operations.

  • Substantial years experience as an established leader within the Procurement function, with excellent leadership skills and the ability to lead, build and deliver through high-performance teams.

  • Excellent in providing guidance and decisions to the team in order to achieve optimal solution and outcome.

  • Strong business mindset, across end to end Source to Pay areas, as well as external market condition.

  • Demonstrates a track record of decision making capability and deliver against key metrics.

  • Strong relationship management skills & ability to influence decision making with senior stakeholders within a matrixed environment.

  • Experience in business partnering and supplier relationship management.

  • Ability to manage complex, strategic and commercial requirements between the business and Suppliers, deliver projects and results on time and in full.



  • Develop and deliver the category strategy, lead on strategic sourcing and business partnering initiatives that underpin the business strategies and plans.

  • Recognised as a leader within the industry and peers.

  • Sets direction for innovative improvement initiatives to realise more benefits in category/harness synergies across categories.


  • Business partner to key stakeholders .

  • Holds excellent senior relationships with internal and external stakeholders to establish category priorities, secure buy-in for category strategy and support for category implementation, ensuring compliance to business policies and external regulations.

  • Lead and guide the delivery of all strategic sourcing and improvement initiatives at global/regional/ industry levels.

  • Set the strategic direction, individual and team targets and with a 2-5 year view on the optimal procurement strategy.

  • Oversight to ensure procurement processes and activities are compliant and adhered to across teams

  • Drive category spend and performance, develop and deliver category strategy and long term values, ensure activities across teams are in line with governance and assurance.

  • Sets appropriate targets for sub-categories and sub-category leads, and ensures category strategy implementation.

  • Provide insights to teams about the best approach to market, the optimum commercial models and supplier relationships.

  • May act as the SRM lead with key strategic suppliers e.g.

    Cisco (or the Direct Report will).

  • Provide insight to develop and implement policies and frameworks underpin products and service delivery.


  • An inspiring communicator, you will have substantial experience and the ability to coach your team for success to the highest professional level.

  • A strong decision-maker, with the ability to influence to CEO and Ex Co level.

  • Proven in creating and implementing effective Procurement category strategies (ideally CIPS or equivalent).

  • Proven track record in negotiating strategic and complex deals.


This business values different perspectives, skills and experiences.

Diversity is what makes them great.

They're creating an inclusive working culture where people from all backgrounds can succeed.

Due to the commercially sensitive nature of this role, we may choose to hold provisional pre-screening interviews.

Apply in confidence.

Keywords: #procurement, #telecoms #IT

  • Start: ASAP
  • Rate: €160000 - €195000 per annum + Bonus, LTIPS, Pe
  • Location: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Type: Permanent
  • Industry: Telecoms
  • Recruiter: Jarvis King
  • Tel: 0131 247 6826
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  • Posted: 2021-02-16 20:12:14 -

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