IBM Strategic Sourcing Buyer (Fluent German) in BUDAPEST, Hungary

Job Description

General Purpose

IBM is looking for a self-driven procurement professional , with fluent German and English language knowledge to support its prestigious Client from the Airline industry, headquartered in Germany as Strategic Sourcing Buyer / Category Manager.

Responsible for executing category strategy and managing the contractual commitments for a given category. This role will report to a people manager within Procurement Services organization, with business direction provided by a Sourcing Manager. Requires the ability to conduct market analysis, including market drivers, supplier profiles and relative negotiating positions. Expected travel: approximately 30 days annually .

Main Responsibility Areas

  • Provide category support as assigned by the Client Sourcing Consultant and Category Strategy Leader

  • Owns primary responsibility to achieve client success against all contractual commitments at a category level

  • Responsible to understand category deliverables, savings commitments, milestones and obligations, and establish a project plan to meet each

  • Develop integrated (tactical and strategic) category sourcing strategy which delivers short term savings and drives category transformation through time

  • Provide category leadership and direction to Category Buyers

  • Responsible for on- going category management activities including driving supplier performance, demand management savings, and increasing category compliance

  • Communicate and negotiate with clients and suppliers through all levels of organization, primary interface to key category client stakeholders


  • Proactive character, taking the initiative

  • Assertive personality

  • Team player attitude

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Attention to detail and accuracy in every aspect of the role

  • Flexibility to undertake any non-routine requests

  • Open for new challenges and look for win-win situations

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • English: fluent

  • German: fluent

  • Experience in Indirect Procurement

  • Deep, specific category sourcing knowledge. Experience in General Goods and Services or Fleet and Logistics Categories.

  • Client facing skills

  • Project Management

  • Negotiation expertise

  • Supplier relationship management expertise

  • Project tools competency

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • Attention to detail and accuracy in every aspect of the role

  • Flexibility to undertake any non-routine requests

  • Strong communication skills

  • Team player

  • Ability to work pro-actively

  • High level of initiative thinking

  • Open for new challenges and look for win-win situations

  • Have a good technical background or at least willingness to learn new tools / features.

EO Statement

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.