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Procurement Specialist II – Professional Services

General & Administrative
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Reporting to the Contractor and Professional Services Category Manager, the Contractors and Professional Services Sourcing Specialist II will support Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Supplier Diversity, and Supplier Relationships of approximately $100M in purchased services from third party labor providers 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 senior leaders of the company in the development and implementation of strategic sourcing for the identified categories. Successful candidates will be able to execute Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Management, Benefit Tracking, Contract Management and Internal Stakeholder Management activities delivering total cost of ownership savings and 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 Procurement Specialist you will:
* Support Category Manager in the development and implementation of Category Strategy in line with the established overall Procurement Strategy.
* Coordinate and execute strategic sourcing activities in line with the category strategy
* Manage the pipeline of sourcing requests
* Review sourcing & procurement requests and enforce global & category specific policy adherence
* Execute Spot Buying
* Facilitate the Procure to Pay process, analytics, research, and administrative functions of the procurement organization
* Develop market intelligence needed for effective sourcing
* Support and coordinate reporting and analytics – spend, benefit/cost savings, KPI/metrics, etc.
* Maintain master data
* Support management and compliance management

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:
* 5+ years of relevant experience and a Bachelors degree or,
* 3+ years of relevant experience and a Masters degree

Desired Skills
* Experience sourcing 3rd party global labor services – contingent workers, professional services and outsourced or managed services.
* Experience with 3rd party labor sourcing and vendor management systems (VMS)
* Experience identifying continuous cost and performance improvement strategies with suppliers and internal stakeholders.
* Experience negotiating, initiating and terminating contracts with regards to category

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 @Akamaijobs 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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