Ericsson Strategic Sourcing Manager in United Kingdom

Strategic Sourcing and Category Manager – UK&I; and Western Europe

We are now looking for a Strategic Sourcing and Category Manager to strengthen Ericsson’s competitive position by maximizing supplier value, proactively managing business risks and contributing to the creation of value for Ericsson’s Customer.

This is a complex dual role where you will be the Strategic Sourcing Manager for two Ericsson’s Customer Units (UK and Ireland and Western Europe) with end to end responsibility for the Site Products and Logistics Services spend and the Category Manager across Europe and Latin America for a specific sub-category.

The Strategic Sourcing and Category Manager report into the Head of Site Products and Logistics Sourcing for Europe and Latin America.

In this role, you will be working with the other Sourcing and Category Managers within the Site Products and Logistics Sourcing for Europe and Latin America, with the CU UK and Ireland and Western Europe Sourcing teams and with the Global Category Teams.

The Strategic Sourcing and Category Manager is responsible for all commercial and contractual relationship with suppliers within the Site Products and Logistics Services spend area for the assigned Customer Units and Sub-Categories.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Leading, preparing & executing the RFx process, including the use of eAuction
  • Evaluating and selecting suppliers together with business stakeholders
  • Conducting supplier and contract negotiation
  • Ensuring supplier agreement implementation
  • Contributing to margin improvement and profitability through the delivery of cost savings
  • Supporting and implementing low-cost suppliers
  • Identifying alternative solutions which will deliver cost savings
  • Creating and implementing a Customer Unit Attack Plan for assigned Customer Units, to deliver margin improvement in post-sales projects
  • Creating and implementing a sub-category strategy for Europe and Latin America, in line with the global category strategy but taking into account geographical and project specific requirements
  • Negotiating bundled requirements for Site Products on behalf of the whole of Europe and Latin America Market Area

Key Qualifications:

  • Degree in Engineering or in Business or in Supply Chain Management


  • English essential, German ideal


  • Significant Sourcing/Purchasing experience (buying products experience would be a plus)
  • Strong negotiation experience
  • Knowledge in the telecom product market would be a plus


  • Business Integrity and compliance with business ethics are essential

Behavioural competencies

  • Commercial thinking
  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills
  • Persuading and influencing
  • Consultative skills being able to orchestrate and enabling efficient decision making
  • Applying expertise and technology
  • Delivering results and meeting customer expectations
  • Working autonomously

Core Competencies:

  • Contract Negotiation Skills
  • Pricing and terms and condition negotiation Skills
  • Ability to run end to end Procurement Process
  • Commercial Acumen & Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Financial Acumen & Skills
  • Local Laws & Regulations Knowledge

Why is Ericsson a great place to work?

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Mobility, broadband and the cloud are transforming the world, enabling industries and society to provide better services, capture new opportunities, improve businesses, increase efficiency, and create new user experiences.

Our services, software and infrastructure support every major telecom operator in the world. The transformation that this brings allows people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

With about 101,000 employees and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our SEK 100 billion investment in research and development over the last three years ensure that our solutions – and our customers – are at the forefront of innovation.

At Ericsson, we give our employees the freedom to think big. Your ideas and innovations can turn into achievements that impact society and change the world. Are you ready to be a change-maker? Learn what makes YOU + Ericsson a powerful combination. Join us today.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2014 were SEK 228.0 billion (USD 33.1 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.