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Procurement & Supply Management
RELX Corporate
REL000DT Requisition #
The individual in this role will be a key member of the Global IT Procurement Team, with responsibility to support internal business customers and IT functional managers globally to achieve technology goals in a broad spectrum of software and other information technologies.  This role requires a close working relationship with centralized and divisional IT organizations in establishing successful deals and maximizing value from supplier relationships.  The key objectives are:

In cooperation with divisional business leadership and IT functional managers, support the development and implementation of sourcing strategies for Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud and Software services and other technology products & services as needed across all RELX business units

  • Incorporating key stakeholder input (divisional business leaders and IT functional managers), evaluate and recommend strategic alliance/sourcing opportunities that will result in increased value to the organization.  Utilize expert digital marketing and technology industry knowledge, current and emerging business models, an entrepreneurial mindset and a creative business approach to accomplish this goal.
  • Organize and lead cross-divisional sourcing teams; including preparing advanced sourcing  strategies, detailed procurement plans, requests for proposals (RFPs), performing detailed analysis of proposals and vendor capabilities.  Ensure robust process in RFP structuring, bid analysis and negotiation.
  • Develop and negotiate contracts with new suppliers and/or renegotiate existing contracts to accomplish lowest total system cost and savings objectives.
  • Lead development and implementation of annual supplier management plans, including detailed spend analytics, forecasted spend, saving expectations and performance objectives. 
  • Lead or direct formal software supplier management programs with preferred vendors, including regular business reviews and support other technology vendor management programs as needed.
  • Identify potential procurement opportunities through data analysis and discussions with business units; develop plans accordingly
  • Plan, schedule and monitor procurement initiatives, ensuring proper resource allocation and on-time delivery of projects; exercise tight project management.
  • Recognize and advise on the implications of change to the business units and functions as part of the potential impact of procurement initiatives.

Leverage the scale and reach of RELX business units, functions & subsidiaries to achieve improved cost, quality, service, technology and innovative solutions from digital marketing, software, cloud and related IT vendors in support of division business objectives

  • Lead or support best practice identification across RELX with the goal of deploying cost and quality improvements via product standardization or use of product/services. 
  • Create and deploy enterprise-wide metrics, key performance indicators, tools, and processes to optimize software and other technology sourcing, vendor activities, efficiencies, and to work collaboratively with business unit/functional leaders to prioritize and drive implementation.
  • Monitor compliance to digital marketing, software, cloud and other technology contract commitments; monitor performance across a variety of metrics to meet contractual requirements.
  • Create and/or direct the creation of digital marketing, software, cloud and other technology sourcing project plans, objectives and goals; identify and resolve roadblocks in a diplomatic and productive manner.

Provide professional software, SaaS and Cloud procurement expertise and support digital marketing and software procurement projects and other technology projects as needed

  • Ensure ongoing development of technical skills and professional expertise to support internal consulting support to the Director, Global Cloud Infrastructure, SaaS, Digital Marketing, IT Security & Telecom Sourcing Software Sourcing and Asset Management and divisional partners to meet the operational objectives of RELX software expenditures
  • Lead divisional business representatives and IT functional managers to undertake multiple procurement projects simultaneously to achieve annual corporate savings targets
  • Build and maintain strong business relationships with internal clients


Develop and Foster Internal and External Working Relationships

  • Relationships with Business and IT Functional Managers and budget owners.
  • Peers within Global Procurement to promote cross-category collaboration and teamwork. Set an example of professional excellence.
  • IT stakeholders across the globe to serve as an IT Procurement liaison and align appropriate category owners within Global Procurement to stakeholders.
  • Legal department for contract drafting, negotiation and monitoring.
  • Finance department for budget and savings tracking.
    Interact with suppliers: requires ability to monitor, negotiate, & manage multiple supplier relationships


  • 7+ yrs experience
  • Masters' Degree preferred
  • Degree in business, information technology or related fields
  • Strong ability to read and comprehend supplier contracts; particularly the commercial terms within the  context of software, digital marketing, cloud and software-as-a-service
  • Negotiating contracts and brokering consensus on terms and conditions
  • Executive influence, highly-honed negotiations, ability to write RFQs, RFIs, RFPs and manage multiple projects
  • Attorney or legal experience, pricing and/or spend analysis


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