Technology Sourcing Manager (12 Month Contract)
Ernst & Young Global Limited
South Africa
6d ago

From its decentralized beginning in 2010, EY Procurement has grown in to a global team with approximately 400 professionals in over 30 countries, of which 125 are based in India and Argentina as part of our shared services locations, and with US$8.

0 billion of spend under management. Over the years, our Procurement professionals have become trusted business advisors who are connected and responsive and who bring insights to support EY’s ambition of becoming the best brand by 2020.

We believe that value delivery comes in many different forms. Not only do we focus on cost reduction but equally on delivering brand value innovation, people engagement, stakeholder and end-

user experience, risk mitigation, and top line revenue growth to name but a few. As for innovation, it is a key part of our strategy and culture, and all our teams focus on how to bring innovation to EY from automating the processes they manage to introducing innovative approaches to our sourcing strategies.

In recent years, Procurement has also set its sights on developing EY’s Diversity & Inclusive (D&I) Procurement program. We actively identify, develop and do business with diverse suppliers as an integral component of our strategic sourcing and procurement activities.

The Procurement organization consists of four global categories - Technology Sourcing, Travel Services, Meetings & Events, Real Estate and Products & Services.

Job Title : Technology Sourcing Assistant Director

Function : EY Global Technology Sourcing

Rank : Assistant Director

Overview of EY :

EY is one of the world’s largest auditing and consulting organizations with 242,000 people based in 728 offices in over 150 countries, organized into 28 Regions and four Areas.

All of our people work in one of our service lines Assurance, Advisory, Tax, Innovation and Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) or in Core Business Services (CBS) or Global Infrastructure, which provides internal operational support such as HR and IT services.

  • In Assurance, EY provides audit and accounting services to our clients and ensures clients’ accounts comply with the requisite audit standards, and provide a robust and clear perspective to audit committees, and critical information for stakeholders.
  • In Tax, EY helps member firms’ clients understand and manage their tax compliance and reporting obligations responsibly and proactively.
  • In Transaction Advisory Services, EY helps clients make better and more informed decisions about how they strategically manage capital and transactions by proactively managing their capital agenda, which determines how they strategically raise, invest, preserve, and optimize their capital.
  • In Advisory, EY works with large enterprises and government institutions on their most pressing management and operational challenges.
  • Advisory helps clients protect their business, improve performance, and enable change.

  • In Innovation and Global Markets, EY develops new technology for internal and external use and acquires emerging technologies for these two user groups.
  • Our Global Sourcing function sits within the Business Enablement division which provides customer-facing and support functions.

  • Customer-Facing Functions include Client Technology, Global Sourcing, Global Delivery Services, and People Infrastructure.
  • Support functions include Operations, Communications, and People, Legal and Finance services that support and help to deliver our successful transformations.
  • Overview of IT Services and Global Sourcing :

    IT Services are divided into three business units, Enterprise and Workplace Technology (EWT), Client Technology (CT) and Information Security (Info Sec) which create, manage, and operate all the technology used by EY.

    These teams cover the entire process life cycle, from understanding the needs of the organization’s different Areas and service lines, through defining appropriate strategy and architecture, to the delivery of solutions and managed operational services.

    Beyond the basic provision of reliable, cost-effective IT infrastructure and operations, Client Technology is increasingly acting as a catalyst for business success.

    Our varied technology projects are essential to delivering on EY’s Global Priorities, and in sustaining our competitive advantage as the most globally integrated organization in professional services.

    Sourcing provides strategic purchasing solutions for materials, supplies, services, and contracts with the highest level of quality and the best total cost.

    This includes real estate solutions that improve the working environment of the EY member firms, travel solutions that support the mobility of EY people, and technology and external content solutions that maximize the value of our purchases.

    Most significantly, Sourcing adds value by consolidating all of EY’s spending power, which realizes enormous cost savings through the creation of economies of scale.

    More than just cost efficiency, though, our Global Sourcing infrastructure also provides considerable value in terms of managing independence and legal risks.

    Technology Sourcing is part of the Global Sourcing Group focusing on the requirements from the Technology team and managing circa $1.5B of spend annually.

    Role description :

    The Technology Sourcing Assistant Director Africa reports to a Technology Sourcing Regional Team Lead, and is responsible for sourcing execution, customer engagement and vendor management in line with the Global Procurement Policy, particularly associated with the technology requirements within the African Region.

    The role of the Technology Sourcing Assistant Director will include :

  • Act as Individual contributor and trusted business advisor - managing the technology spend locally working with local stakeholders to deliver complex projects, and ensuring compliance to the EY Procurement Policy.
  • Working closely with risk management business partners to minimize contractual risks to the firm whilst demonstrating year on year improvement in value for money.
  • Lead key negotiations and contributing savings and brand value.
  • Effectively build a pipeline of deals and develop the appropriate resourcing plans. Coaching, influencing and developing the team.
  • Supporting improvement in processes, policy, systems, management information and reporting. There are good precedents in use within the team and processes and policies have been developed to support our activities.
  • Knowledge and Skills Requirements :

    Our IT Services stakeholders expect our procurement team to operate at a strategic level on a global basis, acting as an advisor with a high degree of professionalism, market knowledge and capable of implementing best of breed procurement practices.

    Our team needs to be proactive in engaging with stakeholders and managing categories as portfolios, and to demonstrate the right project management skills to manage global deals successfully, instead of adopting a local deal by deal approach.

    The job holder will be a very experienced negotiator. He / she will have strong influencing and networking skills as the organization relies on working in cross functional teams across borders, especially to sell the benefits of global deals.

    The successful applicant will therefore have a good track record of change management to meet our globalization challenge.

    Good organizational and leadership skills are as important as negotiating skills. A good knowledge of the IT vendors and new technologies is important to successfully work with the IT teams.

    The job holder will be up to date with current trends and best practice around areas such as mobile phones, end user voice technology, conferencing services, networking and telecoms hardware, software licensing particularly Software as a Service, data centres and data centre operations, with a good knowledge of the key vendors and their positioning in the local and global markets.

    The job holder must also have experience of negotiating global or multi-national deals across EMEIA & especially in South Africa, with a high level understanding of the tax and logistical considerations that need to be taken into account.

    The ideal candidate will also have significant experience in hardware, software, telecoms and services procurement as well

    Supervision Responsibilities :

    There are no direct reports envisioned for the job holder initially however opportunities to take on management of resources could be available in the longer term.

    Some global travel may be required.

    Job Requirements : Education :

    Education :

  • Degree educated. Advanced degree in business, technology or legal as a plus.
  • Experience : 10 years+ experience (preferred, but not mandatory) in a commercial or procurement role, gained preferably in a blue chip or high tech organization.

    Management experience a plus.

    The job holder must have had experience of stakeholder involvement at CTO or CIO level in their previous role

    Language :

  • Fluent in English, any other European Languages beneficial..
  • Location :

  • Gauteng, South Africa
  • Certification Requirements :

  • Procurement relevant qualification (eg CPM or CIPS).
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