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Sourcing Buyer with English and Italian

Sourcing Buyer with English and Italian

Job Description

Center description
Procurement's mission at IBM is to ensure the best value is achieved for our clients when doing business through third party suppliers. Procurement's role is critical for the success of the company, as we help deliver new opportunities to IBM, thus expanding the portfolio.

The Procurement Center in Sofia first opened in 2006 joining the big family of IBM Locations in Bulgaria. Today, we offer a full array of Procurement roles, involving supplier selection and negotiations, contracts handling, pricing comparisons, clients support, invoicing and compliance activities for clients and suppliers all over EMEA. In 12 years our employees have grown to handle complex deals and manage the relationship with key major suppliers of IBM.

The Procurement organization at IBM is the one accelerating IBM's journey in being a true Agile company. We are transforming and applying a self-driven approach to every task, looking at increasing the use of automation in our processes in view of clients success.

If you want to work in a team of professionals that are in the center of making IBM service a premium one for clients all over the globe, join us!

If you are looking for ways to upgrade your language skills, master the art of negotiating, work in a global environment, transform processes and receive end to end knowledge of Procurement, this is your way into the IBM world!

General Purpose

The Buyer’s primary role is to support IBM internal and external procurement requirements for various commodities by selecting appropriate suppliers providing optimal cost, quality and delivery.
On top, the responsibilities includes document creation regarding orders following approved prescriptions, meeting all predefined standards for quality, following existing measures and deadlines. Buyers are responsible for coping with issues stemming from “blocked” invoices. Responsibility for transactions in the relevant country for which service is provided, providing optimal cost, quality and delivery.

Main Responsibilities of Sourcing Buyer:

  • Application of policy specified by category strategy

  • Gathering and comparison of quotes from selected suppliers, complete electronic RFPs/RFQs ( Buy@IBM)

  • Negotiations with suppliers and supplier selection

  • Complete supplier evaluations or fair value determination

  • Ensure that cost savings achieved is accurately recorded

  • Use of systems and tools specific to commodities as well as ensuring that information held on these is consistent with core purchasing systems (SAP etc)

  • Represent transactional / local sourcing issues on commodity council conference calls as applicable

  • Contract management, T&Cs negotiation with suppliers involving IBM’s stakeholders

  • Interaction with supporting teams (Accounts Payable, Hands-free, Procurement Helpdesk)

  • Management and creation of hands-free solution (catalog etc.)

  • Ensure that Tactical Buyers are aware of commodity specific information / instructions through up to date sourcing plans

  • Supplier relationship management

  • Procurement end to end process management (PO creation, alteration is included)

  • Ad hoc tasks as assigned by the Manager, IM and category / chapter leads.

Main Contacts / Clients
Suppliers, Menagers, Requestors, Squad members, European Category Manager, Financial departments and other specialists involved in the process of planning and implementing the process of supplying goods for IBM internal and external client needs.

Systems in use:
Advanced Lotus Notes, Web Tools, Advanced BonD, MS Office, SAP, Lotus notes based tools (Teamroom, RT, SFD), WOI, Emptoris, Communities, VM Systems, etc.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Advanced command in English and Italian (written and spoken interaction);

  • Excellent organizational skills;

  • Strong autonomy (individual tasks management);

  • Accuracy and attention to details;

  • Ability to finalize tasks according agreed standards for work performance;

  • Team spirit;

  • Flexibility (in terms of working hours and tasks)

  • Responsiveness & adaptability;

  • Good communication skills, customer-focused (internal clients);

  • Negotiation skills (capability on negotiating legal terms&conditions);

  • Ability to manage own time and prioritize workload effectively;

  • Advanced in MS Office package, especially MS Excel;

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • Procurement experience is considered as an advantage

EO Statement
IBM 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, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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