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Senior Purchasing Category Manager
Cloud Operations
Posted on 10/31/2022
San Jose, CA, USA • Remote in USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Customer Service
  • Execute world-wide purchasing strategy for Cloud Operations equipment - Servers, Networking equipment, MRC services, switches bandwidth etc. in line with Zscaler' s international footprint and growth requirements
  • Be the lead contact for suppliers in these categories, working in close partnership with internal teams
  • Partner with key internal Cloud Operations team, & Engineering to understand their requirements and establish approved vendor list for increased efficiencies and cost
  • Advises end users of preferred and most cost-effective suppliers
  • Ensures that end-user requirements are sufficiently detailed in an appropriate format for sourcing
  • Strategic price and contract negotiations. Manage negotiations, pricing, quality & availability. Research market intelligence & make strategic recommendations for purchasing components
  • Benchmark suppliers against metrics to assure logistic and cost performance
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of "best in class" suppliers and assess supplier availability
  • Lead contract negotiations and manage the competitive bidding process for identified opportunities
  • Partner with Legal to ensure all vendor contracts are current and compliant
  • Establishes and maintains a needs-based segmented supply base
  • Ensures that local sourcing practices and processes conform to global procurement policies
  • Identifies potential contract changes/additions and liaises with the supply chain's contract management function to ensure contracts are revised accordingly
  • Builds cost models to resolve “should” cost and total cost of ownership (TCO) vital to conduct supplier negotiations
  • Addresses performance issues with suppliers where appropriate
  • Keeps end-users advised regarding risks or issues involving their requirements and the influences that external forces could have on their situation
  • Identifies benchmarking opportunities
  • 5 - 7 years' of hands-on working experience in procurement of Cloud Operations equipment
  • Experience with IAAS and PAAS
  • Demonstrate strategic and tactical knowledge in procurement for Cloud Operations
  • Demonstrate experience building relationships with Telecom Carriers
  • Analytical thinking - Ability to quickly analyze data and transform it into meaningful insight
  • Strong Interpersonal skills - ability to work effectively as part of a team in an unstructured environment; comfortable and effective in influencing at all levels; ability to tactfully give/receive constructive feedback
  • Creative -- Inquisitive attitude, can identify new and better ways; active external learner that takes advantage of ideas, best practices, and solutions developed elsewhere
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of management and other colleagues, and demonstrate initiative, mature judgment, superior customer service orientation, and the ability to anticipate the needs of the organization
  • Execution - persistent drive for results utilizing sound project management, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail, organized and thorough with desire for continuous improvement
  • Must be a "self-starter" with a can-do attitude and a serious desire to have a positive impact on our company
  • Strong day-to-day project management skills
  • Reporting to the Director of Purchasing, this position is for Senior Purchasing Manager (category lead) for Cloud Operations and sourcing based out of our San Jose office
  • This role will be responsible for managing the procurement for Cloud Operations Hardware - servers, Networking equipment, MRC services, switches, band width, Software, & SAAS applications
  • The category lead is responsible for driving the global strategy around use and operations of the full procure to pay process

5,001-10,000 employees

Cloud-based information security company
Company Overview
Zscaler’s mission is to empower organizations to realize the full potential of the cloud and mobility by securely connecting users to applications from any device, anywhere. The company has pioneered a security cloud that has shifted architectural design and approach to network security. With their unique security cloud, the company has created a Zero Trust Exchange platform with their security cloud to enable businesses to reduce cost, risk, simplify IT, and increase business agility.
  • Comprehensive health plans
  • Supportive parental & family leave
  • On-demand learning & development
  • Company-sponsored volunteering
  • Global tuition assistance program
  • Guilt-free paid time off
Company Core Values
  • Teamwork
  • Open Communication
  • Passion
  • Innovation
  • Customer Obsession