Category Manager, Hardware (DC, Workspace & Public Cloud)

Finance and Accounting Plano, Texas San Jose, California

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Reporting to the Head of Technology Products and Services Sourcing you shall use the skills and experiences that you have collected over your life and career to contribute to a growing team seeking to do their best work.  As the lead and key contributor to the team, your:


As the Category Manager - Hardware (DC, Workspace, Public Cloud), you shall lead the charge in supporting Tech & Prod and IT business partner functions for their Cloud, Hardware, Supply Chain Management, NPI requirements. You will be instrumental in developing our relationship and growing our influence through standard methodology contract management of supplier relationships, you’ll cultivate deep interactions with our Top Engineering talent to develop and deliver successful outcomes.

  • Opportunity to join a new exciting team from the ground up and influence the processes and policies as you grow the team in size and influence.
  • Be a force for change and implement standardized processes globally


  • Knowledge of working with a wide range of hardware OEM (incl. ODM/CM) and related service providers (e.g. Apple, Dell, HP, Ricoh, Actineon, Intel etc.)
  • Experience of working with AWS and GCP in relation to Public Cloud and ability to analysis 'build vs buy' decisions (i.e. Private Cloud)
  • You shall have broad responsibility for leading data-centre hardware, workspace hardware, IaaS sourcing activities
  • Support an environment that serves our employees, product and customers directly
  • Ability to mitigate risk and operationalize through contracting standard methodologies (e.g. standardisation, playbook etc.)
  • Takes on leadership responsibility for relevant supplier relationships by implementing business reviews and other oversight and governance appropriate to the relationship
  • Defines, develop and implements a three (3) year strategic sourcing plan for respective sourcing category with the goal of maturing the function though modernization and industrialization of processes and procedures
  • Lead contract and commercial negotiations including drafting of documentation in consultation with Legal, InfoSec, and Privacy teams.
  • Draft RFx document
  • Prepare and present risk profiles and financial analysis
  • Achievement of savings and non-financial targets for sourcing portfolio


  • Minimum 6 years work experience with 5 years focused on technology sourcing and procurement
  • Proven track record to lead, motivate and develop suppliers globally.
  • Ability to work within a diverse multi-cultural environment
  • Sourcing and Contract management in accordance with the laws and regulations of California & New York with appreciation of EU.
  • Consistent track record of developing and leading global vendor relationships
  • Demonstrates project management skills on large spend sourcing initiatives
  • Consistent record of delivering savings through better leveraging, contracting structure, relationship development and process efficiencies

Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  • 4-year degree in Supply Chain Management (or equivalent).
  • 5 years of related work experience.
  • Scout, Ariba, advanced Excel or equivalent.
  • “Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.”

We value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.

For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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