Senior Architect – Procurement Tech Solutions

Competitive Package

This global market leader is achieving an unprecedented transformation in the growth of their businesses, rethinking the way they engage with customers and partners through the innovative use of technology across a huge organization. 

They are offering you a unique opportunity to help shape that journey and the future organization. As a part of this process, you will have an opportunity to drive the development of new products which will have the objective of creating value through new procurement solutions and enabling end2end process integration across this global market leader.

As a Senior Procurement Architect, you will be a key driving force in developing the strategy and architecting procurement solutions that digitize operations and interactions with our partners. The role will require you to actively collaborate with the Enterprise Architecture function, Delivery leads, Product Owners, and Platform and Solution architects. You should be comfortable working with subject matter experts and provide thought leadership and experience with new business applications. 

We are pursuing a best-of-breed Tech strategy, which includes several point solutions in combination with our own developed solutions, the position requires the ability to understand and integrate these solutions to ensure a seamless experience for end-users and our external partners. 

Procurement is a service function within our clients supporting their business units globally. The Procurement vision is: “Every dollar spent is spent professionally”. The vision applies to upstream procurement where the ambition is to develop solutions that digitize and automate strategic procurement processes across all business areas, as well as downstream where there is an opportunity to address complex Source2Pay and industry-specific challenges with innovative solutions to ensure an automated process as well as a much-improved vendor experience for our partners. 

The working environment is dynamic with a focus on high performance, results, and respect for our employees. There will be the possibility of continuous professional and personal development and gaining a professional and social network. As a company, we are committed to growing our people. We will provide you with opportunities that broaden your knowledge and strengthen your professional & technical skills.

  • We operate in a fast-paced environment utilizing modern technologies and bias toward action
  • We value customer outcomes and are passionate about using technology to solve problems
  • We are a diverse team with colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures
  • We offer the freedom, and responsibility, to shape the setup and the processes we use in our community
  • We support continuous learning, including through conferences, workshops, and meetups

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Understand business strategy and priorities to align the Technology strategy  
  • Identify, research and prototype new Procurement Technologies and innovations, in Partnership with Product Owners and other architecture teams and recommend approaches 
  • Design, architect, and deliver scalable solutions to digitize procurement interactions with our suppliers across multiple technologies including both 3rd party and bespoke builds to deliver outcomes
  • Define Principles and standards that directs the developments for Procurement to support the wider initiatives and digital strategies
  • Deliver conceptual, logical, and physical architectures for Procurement products  
  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and utilize the knowledge to deliver Proof of Concepts on emerging technologies e.g.  Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence that supports Procurement business outcomes
  • Perform validation checks during build & deployment phases to ensure alignment with approved architectural design
  • Maintain a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on problem-solving.
  • To be successful, you need to ensure deliverables match the needs of stakeholders

Who we are looking for:

You have:

  • Experience working as a Procurement Architect in agile delivery environments;
  • A minimum 10 years hands on experience in Procurement technologies encompassing both Direct and Indirect procurement;
  • At least 5 years of experience with large Procurement technology implementations as a cross-functional expert or Architect;
  • Proven ability to engage with business product owners to understand the business needs and priorities, lead requirement gathering and analysis, and design solutions leveraging appropriate tools and platforms; 
  • Proven ability to engage with business product owners to understand the business needs and priorities, lead requirement gathering and analysis, and design solutions leveraging appropriate tools and platforms;
  • Experience in implementing large and complex Procurement Projects, solution build, testing and delivery to meet business requirements; 
  • Experience with one or more of the major procurement platforms together with SaaS-based point solutions; 
  • Experience with middleware solutions and API technologies; 
  • Experience of working across end2end process scenarios outside of procurement e.g. into Finance;
  • Good problem-solving, analytical & communication skills. Ability to work in demanding situations; 
  • Professional or Post Graduation degree in Computer Science or engineering, or a related field, or equivalent alternative education;   
  • Certification in TOGAF, and API technologies are preferred; 
  • Collaborative mindset across business functions; 
  • Prior experience with emerging technologies including ML, AI, IoT, and Blockchain is a plus;
  • Prior experience working for shipping and logistics industry is an advantage;

To apply for this job please email your CV and covering letter to: tim@edburydaley.com or call us on 0161 222 0515 to find out more.

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