Global Lead Buyer Hardware H/F


The Global Lead Buyer reports to the Global Category Manager Hardware and acts as a key member of the Global Procurement team to achieve OVHcloud procurement transformation and contribution to the group profitability improvement.

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

The Total OVHcloud annual spend for this category is around 120M€.

The Global Lead Buyer Hardware 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 OVHcloud 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 Hardware 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 Global 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.
  • Perform quarterly reviews with key strategic suppliers when appropriate to monitor supplier performance and compliance to policy.
  • Work with the BU CFOs to analyse sourcing opportunities within the BUs and to deploy such initiatives.
  • Negotiate and maintain all Group Hardware 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 Hardware strategy.
  • Proactively improves OVHcloud 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.

Key Areas of Skills & Experience:

  • Master's degree in engineering or business administration.
  • At least 5 to 7 years global procurement experience.
  • Specific experience in IT Hardware components.
  • 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 Hardware and cloud management, 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 knowhow of IT Hardware components practices.
  • 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.
Position open in Roubaix or Paris.

Ability to travel regularly (2 days per week minimum) to meet internal stakeholders based in Roubaix.

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