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IT Sourcing and Supplier Manager (m/f)

Cologne

We are looking for a Cologne based IT Sourcing and Supplier Manager (m/f) to take responsibility for the entire sourcing and supplier management for HRS GROUP’s Product Development and IT area and to ensure the service budget is spent efficient and effectively.

At HRS GROUP “We love to make it happen”: We are the world’s leading hotel solutions provider and enable business and leisure travelers to search, book and stay in control of their hotel accommodation. It is our goal to make the booking experience simple and smart. Our booking portals combine more than 850,000 accommodations worldwide and form the basis for our innovative end-to-end solutions we are offering to global corporations. The HRS GROUP continues to expand and employs more than 1,500 people in 28 offices across the world.

To fuel our international growth we are looking for entrepreneurial minds, who are passionate and result-driven, have a strong team-spirit and will take on the challenge to pioneer the ever changing travel industry. Do you also want to make it happen at HRS? 

The challenge you are up for

  • Take ownership of the entire IT service budget by managing the sourcing process, contracts and licenses as well as vendors and suppliers to improve service quality and reduce costs
  • Lead projects to improve IT Sourcing and Supplier Management and drive it to the next level
  • Understand the needs of IT, evaluate potential vendors and suppliers, request proposals, negotiate and contract the best solutions at the best price for the HRS GROUP
  • Build and maintain an IT license and contract management that allows balancing license and supplier risks and enables effective supplier management and cost control
  • Strategically manage suppliers from building relationships and identifying potential strategic partnerships, through continuous evaluation of supplier service quality up to managing their exits
  • Work closely with the respective internal stakeholders in determining their sourcing needs and evaluating supplier satisfaction, align and adjust strategies together with Procurement to optimize our supplier and license situation
  • Prepare reports to create transparency and actionable insights about sourcing activities, supplier performance, license and contract risks

The commitment you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field
  • Additional qualifications in project management, negotiation, data analysis, and contract law preferred
  • Several years related work experience in IT sourcing and procurement, license and vendor management, supplier steering and vendor management, IT service management and software procurement
  • Market knowledge in the IT supplier landscape (e.g. IT consulting, cloud service provider, network and infrastructure provider, data centers, helpdesk) and tools for IT service, software and license management (e.g. ServiceNow, Aspera)
  • Demonstrated experience in working with software licensing and pricing models from vendors like SAP, Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, IBM and AWS
  • Strong communication with the ability to form good working relationships with stakeholders in different locations and cultures worldwide as well as flexibility and creativity to adapt to a fast paced environment
  • Fluency in German and English, both spoken and written 

The reward you get

  • A high impact IT role with high degrees of responsibility and autonomy
  • Plenty of room for personal growth and professional development
  • A highly talented, passionate and international team that revolutionizes the travel industry
  • Strong team performance and a transparent results focus towards one shared direction
  • A modern working environment with flexible working hours and the option to work from home

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