Category & Supplier Manager - Complimentary Workforce and Services (CWS)

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    Bangalore, India
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Why You'll Love Cisco

Everything is converging on the Internet, making networked connections more relevant than ever before in our lives. Our employees' progressive ideas impact everything imaginable - from entertainment, retail, healthcare, and education, to public and private sectors, smart cities, smart cars, and everyday devices in our homes. Here, that means you'll take creative ideas from the drawing board to powerful solutions that have real world impact. You'll work with Cisco leaders, partner with experienced mentors, and develop incredible relationships with colleagues who share your interest in connecting the unconnected. You'll be part a team that cares about its customers, enjoys having fun, and you'll take part in changing the lives of those in our local communities. Come prepared to be inspired

It's an exciting time to be at Cisco! As we work together to lay the foundation for Cisco's future, the Global Partner Organization (GPO) is more important than ever in helping Cisco and our partners deliver continued growth and profitability. Our ecosystem of more than 65,000 partners all over the world delivers more than 85% of Cisco's revenue, and partners will play an increasingly vital role in helping us enable our customers as they strive to become digital businesses. Business facing finance team supporting Partner finance for APJ region.

What You'll Do

The main role Requirements & Competencies are the following:

  • Category, supplier, and stakeholder management supporting the Contingent Workforce & Services category for Engineering group within Cisco’s Global Procurement Services
  • Performs whole portions of or more sophisticated tasks related to research and analysis required to support the development of category strategies and savings plans
  • May assist in strategic planning and organization of department and on developing policy and procedures
  • May begin to advise work related to category strategies and annual savings plans Participates in and begins to lead projects; begins to handle a category to ensure balanced annual cost savings and innovative solution
  • Has sophisticated command of Procurement Category and Supplier Management concepts and processes with the ability to work effectively with management or cross- functional teams
  • Communicates difficult concepts and negotiates with others to adopt a different point of view
  • Provides mentorship, direction, and instruction on Procurement Operations tasks to less experienced team members and colleague

Who You'll Work With

  • Collaborates daily with customers, peers, account leaders and partners in the Engineering group / domain
  • Typically interacts with high-level Individual Contributors, Managers, and serves as a key contact point with clients
  • Serves as a key project team member and leads/balances multiple projects requiring cross- team collaboration and external collaboration

Who You Are

  • Advanced understanding of key Procurement concepts with the ability to explain this effectively to management or cross-functional teams and provide training
  • Advanced understanding of Cisco’s business objectives and the impact on customer processes and deliverables
  • Advanced understanding and insight into Cisco’s contract management process, Experienced professional using expertise in one or more areas to interpret business issues and recommends methodologies
  • Works independently, receives minimal mentorship and direction from manager then resolves the best approach to accomplish work
  • Solves highly-complex problems and takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions

Our minimum requirements for this role:

  • Requires knowledge of standard methodologies in Procurement Category and Supplier Management and familiarity with the broader underlying concepts of related business fields
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • 12+ years prior work in sourcing, category management or supplier development / management
  • Understanding of the Hardware / Software and Networking industry; understanding of Engineering labor market preferred
  • Strong communications Skills across Cultural Boundaries
  • Strong MS Excel, Word & PowerPoint Skills
  • Global experience a plus
  • Works to improve technology, tools and processes that support work conducted by the job family; plays a growing part in promoting/developing improvements to functional tools and processes

Why You'll Love Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference. Here’s how we do it.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (30 years strong!) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. A blockchain company. An AI/Machine Learning company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, we give our egos a break and we give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, we take bold steps, and we take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a commitment to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool.