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Reporting to the VP of Procurement, the Technology Procurement Director will lead Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Supplier Diversity, and Supplier Relationships and will be responsible for the overall global strategy and performance of approximately $100-150M in purchased technology related goods and services as well as the governance of the procurement process.

This is a newly created role as a part of a strategic initiative by the company to scale its Global Procurement function and will have significant support & visibility of the Executive leadership team. This position will interact closely with executive leadership and other senior leaders of the company in the development and implementation of strategic sourcing for the identified categories. Successful candidates will manage, direct and coordinate all aspects of Category Management including: Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Management, Benefit Tracking, Contract Management and Internal Stakeholder Management activities delivering total cost of ownership savings and leading procurement process improvements for the assigned set of categories.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a talented team in a growing, innovative technology company.

As a Technology Procurement Director you will:
* Define and Implement Category Management Approach; develop overall category vision and strategy in line with the established overall Procurement Strategy. Establish category priorities and planning based on benefits opportunities
* Drive continuous improvement activities in spend portfolio - optimize internal demand / specifications and optimize supplier services / products
* Conduct Total Cost of Ownership and Make / Buy analyses
* Lead the planning and application of Strategic Sourcing. Mandate to negotiate, sign and terminate contracts.
* Lead management of internal stakeholders: Work with business partners to develop and secure valuable agreements to procure materials and/or services which meet internal business partner requirements.
* Lead the development and monitor the execution of Supplier Management Strategy / Approach, including Supplier Relationship Management and Performance Management
* Lead Contract Management as part of the Category Management/Supplier Management activities and ensure regional and local contract execution resulting from with Strategic Sourcing. Execute contract implementation in a way that maximizes future contract compliance. Monitor compliance and solve issues with internal customers and suppliers. Plan for and set a plan for contract implementation and, in collaboration with business stakeholders.
* Accountable for Category Benefit Tracking and identify opportunities for cost savings and measure the results of category sourcing and procurement initiatives.
* Make decisions with Sourcing team/specialist on all spend with regards to category
* Manage and coach the strategic sourcing specialists (reporting to category manager) on strategic sourcing, vendor negotiation, contracting, research, etc.

About the team
The Global Procurement team will define category management and sourcing strategies as well as oversee and negotiate new and existing supplier contracts on behalf of Akamai. Team works collaboratively with suppliers and internal stakeholders to identify continuous cost and performance improvement strategies. Team ensures Akamai is compliant with best practices and existing business policies and procedures.

Required Education and Experience
Applicants must meet one of the following education and experience requirements:
* 12+ years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree or
* 10+ years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree

Required Skills:
* 10+ years of experience in technology sourcing services in one or more of the following areas: Cloud (AWS, Google, Azure, etc), Hardware (server components, OEM, white label assembler, etc), Network Infrastructure, Telecom, Software Licensing, or Value Added Resellers
* 7+ years of multi-phase project management experience

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world's largest companies. Akamai's intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone - and attacks and threats far away. Akamai's portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn how Akamai is shaping the future of digital transformation, visit and follow @AkamaiCareers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more at

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here

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