London, LND, GB


Category Manager - Cloud Services 

About Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. It is organised into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group’s overall mission.


About the role

Are you seeking a fantastic development opportunity to take your career to the next level within a forward thinking global IT Sourcing Team?


We are looking for an ambitious, experienced Category Manager for Cloud Services. Reporting to the Head of Cloud Services and Connectivity your position is fully accountable for leading sourcing service delivery for global Cloud Service at Swiss Re and responsible for delivery of high quality and cost effective services from the Vendors in the sub-category.


When leading sourcing projects, you will specify and collate demand as well as execute on vendor management activities. Developing service levels and quality processes will ensure efficient service delivery that meets or exceeds partner expectations. Adopting a risk based focus you will ensure compliance with our Sourcing practices and procedures.


You will jointly develop category plans with your internal partners. By bringing insightful market intelligence market trends / analysis, you will implement the agreed strategy for your sub-category.


Taking the ownership for this IT Sourcing sub-category, you will be recognized as the advisory lead for our partners across Swiss Re.


In this role, we will expect you to:

  • Be responsible for the bottom-up aggregation of all Cloud Services data across divisions and countries to inform the top-down goal setting process, reconciling the "gaps" between bottom-up and top-down goals and identifying initiatives required to close any such disparities
  • Build and execute Cloud Service Strategies and Plans, using resources from our global network of sourcing professionals as required
  • Be accountable for the delivery of annual cloud financial savings goals
  • Project lead or support Divisional IT Sourcing Programs as required
  • Negotiate and execute major commercial and contractual terms and conditions with global vendors
  • Actively collate and interpret data from multiple sources to provide valuable insights and advice to your partners
  • Seek and deliver continual improvement in your sub-category


About the team

We are the IT&Data Sourcing Team, a unit within Global Sourcing which is itself part of Global Business Solutions. We are spread across four locations having touch with the global Sourcing Network.

We handle all IT Sourcing Services including Software, SaaS, Hardware, Connectivity, Cloud and Application Services and Data.


About You

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology or business administration. We have a strong preference for CIPS or similar professional qualification
  • You have excellent command over English language, other language is desirable
  • Ideally, you have fifteen (15) years of Sourcing experience in insurance, re-insurance or financial services. With a minimum of five (5) years Category Management experience in Cloud Services working across multiple jurisdictions on high value contracts.
  • You are a highly experienced in category, demand and vendor management.
  • You possess well-developed communication skills (written and verbal) with an ability to quickly establish trusted partner status.
  • You possess very strong data analysis skills (collation, interpretation and insightful use of data)
  • You have highly experienced and refined skills in defining and executing Category Strategies and associated Plans
  • With your strong focus on customer and excellent advisory skills, you are able to effectively cooperate with internal customers and external suppliers
  • You demonstrate behaviors consistent with Swiss Re imperatives facilitating consistent performance and continuous improvement


We are an equal opportunity organisation and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Reference Code: 85708 


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