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Technical Buyer
Posted on 7/13/2022
London, UK
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Experience sourcing and a technical understanding of server, storage and/or networking hardware
  • BA/BS or equivalent with 5+ years of experience
  • Ability to quickly absorb and apply relevant technical information
  • Experience with creation and improvement of business processes and documentation
  • Experience presenting to all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to alternate seamlessly between tactical and strategic work
  • Proven success in contract negotiation relative to commodities, equipment and software. Must be analytical and results focused
  • Prior experience in the cloud industry, computer hardware or related field is desired
  • Manage sourcing activities for professional services, hardware and software
  • Issue and manage purchase orders and supplier material schedules. Improve lead times as needed
  • Contract Strategy and Execution: Lead the business negotiation process with external suppliers. Own contract initiation and closure
  • Develop negotiation approach, fallback positions, acceptable terms and conditions
  • RFx Services: Own and lead the supplier interface for all RFI, RFP and RFQ services. Partner with appropriate internal teams
  • Present RFx results to evaluation team and drive the closure of sourcing decisions
  • SLA Performance: Continuously measure and improve supplier actual performance against mutually agreed SLA
  • Competitive Benchmarking: Identify key benchmark suppliers in RFx efforts. Partner to identify evaluation criterion and provide relevant data back to internal team
  • Cost Modeling : Ensure best in class pricing is secured for Datacenter Infrastructure and Operations. Build should-cost models when appropriate
  • Supplier engagement: Lead and coordinate all efforts to identify, survey, audit, assess and qualify new suppliers
  • Preferred Suppliers: Identify, qualify and formalise which suppliers are on FTG's preferred supplier list. Ensure internal partner alignment
  • Supplier Development & Management: Lead business review process to measure, analyse and identify points of strength and weakness with regards to supplier performance. Issue supplier corrective action requests and development plans, as needed
  • Drive continuous improvement of supplier performance (e.g. cost, terms, quality, timely delivery)
  • Review supplier roadmaps regularly to ensure alignment with SIE initiatives, drive changes as needed
  • Communicate authoritatively and actively with all partners throughout the project lifecycle
  • Perform market, supplier and commodity analysis on an ongoing basis
  • Be the sourcing subject matter authority helping to identify and demonstrate best practices in the realms of procurement, supplier management and category management
PlayStation Global

5,001-10,000 employees

Online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service
Company mission
Playstation's mission is to deliver new joy, excitement and awe to everyone. The company builds software and hardware for gaming consoles and content.
  • Health and wellness: Medical (PPO, HDHP, and HMO), dental, vision, disability, employee assistance program, flexible spending accounts, health savings account, student loan repayment assistance, education reimbursement program, wellness reimbursement, identity theft protection, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, business travel accident insurance, 4.5% 401(k) match, commuter program, additional voluntary programs (group legal, pet insurance, auto and home insruance), onsite flu shots and biometric screenings
  • Family and time off: 12 paid holidays, generous PTO, paid parental leave, adoption assistance program, 529 college savings plan match, back-up child care, parental and elder care coaching
  • Perks: Sony product discounts, passport perks program, monthly $10 Playstation Network voucher, employee referral bonus, game launch events
Company Values
  • Dreams & Curiosity: Pioneer the future with dreams and curiosity
  • Diversity: Pursue the creation of the very best by harnessing diversity and varying viewpoints
  • Integrity & Sincerity: Earn the trust for the Sony brand through ethical and responsible conduct
  • Sustainability: Fulfill our stakeholder responsibilities through disciplined business practices