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Software Category Manager - Global Indirect Procurement

Company: HP Inc
Location: Spring
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Applies advanced subject matter knowledge to solve complex business issues and is regarded as a subject matter expert. Frequently contributes to the development of new ideas and methods. Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of multiple factors. Leads and/or provides expertise to functional project teams and may participate in cross-functional initiatives. Acts as an expert providing direction and guidance to process improvements and establishing policies. Frequently represents the organization to external customers/clients. Exercises significant independent judgment within broadly defined policies and practices to determine best method for accomplishing work and achieving objectives. May provide mentoring and guidance to lower level employees.


  • Procurement Manager is responsible for managing procurement of assigned category for HP and its customers to meet business requirements, maximize value (reduce cost), and mitigate risk. Primary role is to manage category/subcategory activity, including strategy definition, sourcing, supplier selection, negotiation, and development, and supply base optimization. Also includes definition of procurement policies and processes to achieve objectives.
  • This job is part of the Global Category team inside the Global Indirect Procurement (GIP) organization, and specifically will focus on Software purchases within the Software category.
  • GIP's value definition spreads above savings or budget reductions, including business considerations like revenue enablement, cash flow management and industry benchmark.
  • This role provides centralized and standard category/ subcategory support across the globe, region or country for a diverse services portfolio of Procurement activities including Negotiation, Risk mitigation, Contracting, Sourcing, business continuity, Supplier/Spend Management and cost/operational improvement.
  • Analyzes average category data, industry information/market intelligence, and business requirements and embeds expertise and criteria while negotiating and providing a procurement recommendation to stakeholders.
  • Provides day to day support and interaction with internal stakeholders across all Business Units in HP and Global Functions.
  • Collaborates with peers and Global Category Strategists to ensure connection and execution of the strategy determined to the specific area of spend
  • Provides support to GIP category teammates to assist in the development of stakeholder relationships.
  • Provides support to GIP colleagues and peers acting in the capacity of extended leadership teams.
  • Leads low to moderately complex supplier sourcing; Supports moderately complex sourcing.
  • Negotiates, contracts, and manages low to moderately complex supplier engagements.
  • Awareness and understanding of GIP's Contract Manual, it's intended application and the interests behind the legal principles and alternative language contained therein.
  • Common knowledge of contracting principles and interests embodied in HP contracting templates, and ability to apply those principles in low to moderately complex supplier negotiations.
  • Mitigates risk through effective contracting, business controls, and on-going assessment.
  • Execute cost savings and value generation projects.
  • Focus on the employee experience of interacting with GIP (Customer Satisfaction) and timely deliverable according to the business needs. Turnaround time is one key indicator that is measured.
  • In addition to these activities, this role may participate in innovation, transformation or improvement projects related to business processes or employee engagement.
  • All GIP employees must complete onboarding trainings and mandatory corporate trainings such as Standard of Business Conduct, Global Trade and others.
  • Always act within the "HP Way" and exemplify the behaviors of the employee culture in GIP.

Education and Experience Required:

  • First level university degree or equivalent experience; advanced university degree preferred.
  • Typically 6-10 years of experience in procurement or supply chain function.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent understanding of global procurement processes, industry, and complex suppliers.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent business application skills (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint).
  • Strong knowledge, use and influence of procurement tools and applications.
  • Excellent communication skills, including presentation and negotiation abilities.
  • Strong Project Management Skills.
  • Excellent team leadership and influencing skills.
  • Mastery in English and local language.
  • Ability to create a contract from standard HP or customized contract templates with limited supervision.
  • Applies cause and effect thinking to identify challenging contact risk areas.
  • Capable of drafting contract solutions in known contract risk areas to obtain acceptable outcomes with limited supervision.
  • Strong understanding of contracting principles.
  • Ability to close complex deals in a timely fashion.
  • Strong ability to develop suppliers strategically.
  • Strong understanding of HP.


Keywords: HP Inc, Houston , Software Category Manager - Global Indirect Procurement, Other , Spring, Texas

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