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IBM Associate Procurement Consultant- FM/MRO Category Specialist in Austin, Texas


IBM is seeking highly motivated individuals with roughly 2-6 years of procurement experience to join our IBM Procurement Services (IPS) team of procurement consulting professionals. IPS provides procurement services to IBM's external clients across all industry segments.

Specifically, we are seeking to fill the role of an Associate Procurement Consultant to support our clients' procurement and strategic sourcing requirements in the Facilities & MRO category. Candidates should have experience sourcing and negotiating to include the procuring of goods and services in the category of Facilities Management, Facility Maintenance, Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) and Design and Construction.The role is client facing and the selected candidate will join IBM's Integrated Procurement Services consulting team.

Your Role and Responsibilities


  • Managing multiple competitive bid events for client(s) (i.e., Request for Proposal, Request for Quote, Request for Information, Reverse Auctions, etc.) within assigned spend categories

  • Analyzing client's historical spend data in one or more categories to: identify sourcing opportunities, support category strategy development, and measure compliance with supplier agreements

  • Building and maintaining stakeholder relationships across all levels of the client's business, procurement, and legal organizations

  • Negotiating commercial terms and facilitating contracting processes with the client's suppliers

  • Analyzing and documenting cost savings versus historical spend to ensure IBM meets or exceeds contractual savings commitments to our client(s)

  • Identifying opportunities to transform the client's procurement organization and policies, and to support the client in achieving its strategic business objectives

  • Supporting Global Category Leaders and Category Managers with development of category strategies and developing sourcing project strategies

  • Collaborating with IPS Procurement Consultants supporting our other clients to share and leverage useful templates, strategies, lessons learned, and case studies

Skills & Expertise

  • Client Relationship Management: Ability to build rapport with clients and maintain professionalism in communications with all levels of client stakeholders. Delivery of high quality analyses and presentations on time and with the level of quality the client expects.

  • Data Analysis: Ability to utilize procurement and financial data to understand spending trends within a business, and to leverage that information to identify procurement insights that result in process efficiencies or cost savings for the client.

  • Strategic Thinking: Understanding of the importance of "big picture" thinking and planning. Ability to apply business acumen to focus on key success factors for the organization.

  • Accuracy and Attention to Detail: Understanding the necessity and value of accuracy and attention to detail; ability to process information with high levels of accuracy.

  • Dealing with Disorder: Knowledge of tactics and ability to function effectively in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

  • Microsoft Office: Strong knowledge and proficiency of Microsoft Office suite. Ability to efficiently and accurately analyze procurement data using Microsoft Excel, and to build client-ready presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint.

  • Procurement Knowledge: Knowledge of Procurement methods, technologies and processes. Ability to analyze and improve a client's procurement organization.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, or other applicable field.

  • Travel requirements can be up to 80%.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Prefer previous experience in a client facing / consultative role.

About Business UnitIBM Global Procurement has the responsibility for achieving the best overall value for IBM and our clients when acquiring or contracting goods, services, and intellectual property assets. Our mission: "Listen for need, source with speed." We continually work to create value by managing costs and risks, engaging in revenue generation opportunities with our sales teams, and providing superior service to our clients as we ensure on-time delivery. Join us as we transform clients' strategies by delivering simple engagements focused on speed, leveraging digitization, cognitive insights, and innovation from suppliers to maximize value.

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Location StatementIBM offers a wide range of resources for eligible IBMers to thrive both inside and outside of work. In addition to a competitive benefits program consisting of medical and life insurance, retirement plans, and time off, eligible employees may also have access to:

*12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. Family care options are also available to support eligible employees during COVID-19.

*World-class training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform. IBM's learning culture supports your restless attitude to grow your skills and build the depth and scale of knowledge needed to achieve your career goals.

*Well-being programs to support mental and physical health.

*Financial programs that empower you to plan, save, and manage your money (including expert financial counseling, 401(k), IBM stock discount, etc.).

*Select educational reimbursement opportunities.

*Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can network and connect with IBMers across the globe.

*Giving and volunteer programs to benefit charitable organizations and local communities.

*Discounts on retail products, services, and experiences.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

IBM will not be providing visa sponsorship for this position now or in the future. Therefore, in order to be considered for this position, you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.

Being You @ IBMIBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.