Tactical Buyer (Fluent French and/or Spanish)

Job Description
General Purpose

IBM is seeking highly motivated individuals with comprehensive commercial procurement and client facing or consulting experience to join our team of procurement professionals. Specifically we are looking for procurement professionals to join IBM's Global Procurement team in support of the BTO Procurement business area. Strong Verbal and written English skills are required. Additional languages related to the geo of coverage are a plus. Some Travel to client sites may be required, between 20% and 50%.


  • Manage exceptions to established category strategy
  • Support one-off tactical sourcing of client requirements
  • Provide multi-category support as assigned by the Project Manager
  • Take category guidance from the Category Manager
  • Execute competitive bid events
  • Communicate and negotiate with clients and suppliers through all levels of organization
  • Analyze changing client/market conditions
  • Educate and advise clients and suppliers on strategies
  • Interface with strategic sourcing team to implement strategic contracts at the tactical level
  • Support client specific category strategy - redirect tactical spend through strategic contracts/channels as appropriate
  • Perform periodic analysis within managed commodity scope to identify savings, define efficiency opportunities and tactical initiatives that should be undertaken
  • Promote process efficiencies through focus on automated channels where applicable
  • Identify appropriate potential suppliers to fit clients business objectives
  • Negotiate and contract with exception suppliers driving additional savings and value
  • Communicate supplier recommendations to clients based on objective criteria and fit for client business
  • Track and report supplier performance and resolve any supplier performance issues in conjunction with the Category Manager
  • Identify any exception opportunities to the Category Managers and make recommendations on strategic approaches that might be taken
  • Interact with parallel organizations in other geos to assure consistent global approach
  • Support periodic key stakeholder meetings with client to review commodity strategy and activities
  • Optimize supply base opportunities across managed commodities
  • Act in compliance with all relevant IBM business conduct guidelines and client driven procurement processes

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • English: Fluent
  • French and/or Spanish: Fluent
  • Experience in procurement sourcing, negotiation, documentation, savings, analysis
  • Experience in reporting
  • Working knowledge of a global council strategy within a large corporation and have a background in one or more of the following indirect categories:
    • Technical/Professional Services;
    • Facilities Maintenance/Design/Construction;
    • MRO;
    • Telecommunications;
    • Business Services;
    • Marketing Communications;
    • Travel;
    • IT and Business Equipment;
    • Capital Equipment;
    • Complementary Workforce;
    • Facilities Services and Operating Supplies; or
    • Logistics.

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience


EO Statement
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