Global Lead Buyer External Resources F/M




The Global Lead Buyer reports to the Global Category Manager Software & External Resources and acts as a key member of the Global Procurement team to achieve OVH procurement transformation and contribution to the group profitability improvement.

The role includes the sourcing and management of External Resources procurement in accordance with the Group sourcing strategy and initiatives.

The Total OVH annual spend for this category is around 30M€.

The Global Lead Buyer External Resources proposes enhancements to existing agreements as well as proposes and delivers innovative and consolidated sourcing strategies and practices in conjunction with the group and local stakeholders with the goals of enabling group wide synergies, rationalizing supply base and providing costs, productivity and quality breakthrough.

Articulates and delivers Supplier Relationship Management together with operational teams for all major suppliers and partners.



  • Business partner for OVH BUs  activities to ensure that the performance meets the organisations expectations. Identify, develop and maintain working relationships with key business stakeholders that will enable open communication to discuss and elaborate concrete action plans.
  • Evaluation of Group External Resources practices to determine if current vendors and processes are optimized and delivering the required results.
  • Review of the Group related activities to determine best approach for rationalisation and consolidation.
  • Management responsibility for Suppliers to ensure that all initiatives and programs are implemented.
  • Responsibility for the internal  budget cycle, external spend budgets and other financial issues related to the category.  Takes a TCO view of strategic decision and value capture.
  • Performs quarterly reviews with key strategic suppliers when appropriate to monitor supplier performance and compliance to policy.
  • Works with the BU CFOs to analyse sourcing opportunities within the BUs and to deploy such initiatives.
  • Negotiates and maintains all Group External Resources related contracts in alignment with the Group related strategies.
  • Elaborates with its stakeholders the appropriate sourcing strategies for each subcategories procurement, defines the vendor management policies in order to secure savings, technical differentiation and quality
  • Contributes to the Development  and implementation of a Group External Resources strategy.
  • Proactively improves OVH expenses through both demand management and staff compliance with the approved strategy and policies.
  • Entertains constructive and mature relationships (SRM, SPM) with strategic vendors and ecosystem.

At OVHcloud, we encourage boldness and initiative. Beyond these missions, we therefore expect you to be proactive and to participate in the continuous improvement of your scope.



Key Areas of Skills & Experience:

  • Master degree in engineering or business administration.
  • At least 3 to 5 years global procurement experience.
  • Specific experience in External Resources or Software negotiation.
  • Experience of strategic sourcing and proven ability to work in a logical and thorough way.
  • A track record of achieving cost savings and improvements in customer service.
  • Be aware of new and innovative approaches in External resources sourcing, where appropriate, make recommendations on new initiatives and concepts.
  • A successful track record in consolidation of procurement initiatives across geographies.
  • An excellent  negotiator, who works with and develops suppliers to meet customer requirements. Specific know-how of External Resources pricing practices will be appreciated.
  • Experience of both product and services buying together with a strong emphasis on risk management through negotiation of the appropriate contract terms and conditions.
  • French & English compulsory

Personal Qualities:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Ability to negotiate on both an intellectual and relationship basis. Positive outcome driven.
  • Highly self motivated towards achieving cost savings and corporate goals (i.e. commercially minded).
  • A strong leader, but also a  team player with the ability to act on own initiative and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to work with the minimum supervision while feeding back proactively all key issues and sharing information with peers.
  • Not a risk taker, but must be innovative and always striving to improve performance. 
  • Not a loner; rather, someone who positively enjoys working with others and in a team environment where each member actively seeks to contribute positively even in areas outside their particular remit. 
  • Must have the courage of their convictions and be prepared to educate customers.   Must have excellent inter-personal skills to enable them to “sell their ideas “ to key business stakeholders.
  • Evolutive profile beyond the current role.

  • Remote work possible
  • 4 extra days off
  • Employee Pension Schemes (PPE)
  • 50% contribution to public transport
  • Language courses
  • Sport card
  • Private health care
  • Meal bonus
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