Category & Supplier Manager - Corporate Real Estate and Facilities

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    London, United Kingdom
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What you will do

We are seeking a confident and versatile applicant with real estate, capital projects, and facilities management procurement experience. Applicant will be responsible for crafting, owning, and maintaining complex working partnerships with internal business functions and external suppliers and service providers. You will work cross-functionally to lead, develop, and employ global and regional sourcing strategies designed to ensure an alignment between Cisco business requirements and emerging supplier capabilities. You will develop the suppliers’ abilities to create new and optimized value at lowest total cost for Cisco. You will ensure effective and compliant execution of sourcing events including collection of business requirements; supplier identification and qualification; negotiation of pricing, contractual terms and conditions, and SLAs (Service Level Agreements); and business award and transition. This will require practical application of ongoing knowledge of industry standards, market trends, benchmarks, and best practices, and Cisco standard methodologies, policies, risk profiles, and procedures.


Responsibilities also include the development and execution of a Category Strategy including market/supplier/spend analysis, buy/pay channel strategy, spend and service optimization, supplier landscape assessment, and business model requirements. You will remain aware of industry trends and innovations and incorporate for Cisco's benefit. You will work with the Operations teams and Business Units to continuously define and adapt plans based on market intelligence and business need.


Job Responsibilities will include:

  • Handle the day-to-day relationship with external suppliers and internal stakeholders
  • Develop and execute governance models that drive innovation, value, and advantage while mitigating risk
  • Develop category strategy and annual sourcing plan
  • Lead strategic sourcing activities
  • Conduct market research and benchmarking
  • Deliver year-over-year cost reduction for specified categories and suppliers
  • Influence compliance through preferred suppliers for specified categories
  • Develop, execute, and monitor global agreements, risk assessments, tool-based reporting & periodic supplier performance evaluations


Who you’ll work with

The successful applicant will be part of a Global Procurement Services team that serves the Cisco business functions as the supply chain manager and procurement arm for all non-production, indirect and services spend. As leader of real estate, capital projects, and facilities management sourcing, you will primarily support the Workplace Resources business function in their efforts to deliver the most optimal employee workplace experience.


Who you are

You have the ability to formulate a Category/Commodity Strategy including critical metrics and savings targets and successfully lead to execution. You are highly collaborative and have a proven track record to influence partners at all levels without direct authority. You are able to anticipate impacts of decisions and actions downstream and adjust accordingly.


Skills you’ll use every day include:

  • Proficiency in prevalent corporate real estate, capital projects, and facilities terms, concepts, practices, and trends across geographies
  • Proficiency in procurement methodologies and practices
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Supplier development and management
  • Category management
  • Strategic sourcing / RFx process management (leveraging Ariba platform)
  • Data Analytics: able to conduct statistical data analysis and accurately interpret the results through the lens of business impact to drive actionable insights and recommendations
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Project management
  • Financial analysis & risk assessment
  • Global & regional industry analysis 
  • Contract management
  • Relationship management
  • Communication: Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication and teamwork skills; demonstrate ability to distill complexity and present and explain the data and insights in simple and easy-to-understand business terms.



Required education/experiences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience in: corporate real estate and facilities operations, procurement management, sourcing, category management, and supplier development / management. Proven track record of utilizing recognized Continuous Improvement principles in core role. Formulating a Category/Commodity Strategy including critical metrics and savings targets and successfully lead to execution. E2E understanding of procurement activities. Strong corporate real estate and facilities business acuity. Understanding of real estate and facilities market trends
  • Understanding of Real Estate, Capital Projects, and Facilities Management services industry and operations
  • Documented results of year-over-year cost savings
  • Knowledge of SAP Ariba system and working knowledge of MS Office
  • Global experience in scope of responsibility is a plus

Why Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security 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, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication 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. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!