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RELX Corporate
REL000GV Requisition #

RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.  Our market segments include Scientific, Technical, & Medical; Risk & Business Analytics; Legal; and Exhibitions.

The RELX Global Procurement function is a strategic procurement organization with global responsibilities for the sourcing of direct and indirect spend categories, driving operational efficiencies, and mitigating risks across the supply chain. The incumbent will be a key member of the Global Procurement (GP) organization, having global responsibility to lead, facilitate and influence cross-divisional sourcing teams incorporating GP Technology Category Managers and division IT Functional Managers to achieve technology goals specific to cloud infrastructure, network, and IT security, as well as Software as a Service and digital marketing sourcing for the entire RELX enterprise. The incumbent will work in close partnership with centralized and divisional technology functions and executives in establishing successful deals and maximizing value from supplier relationships. The key objectives are:

  • Leverage the scale and reach of RELX business units, functions & subsidiaries to achieve improved cost, quality, service, technology and innovative solutions from suppliers within the information echnology industry.
  • Provide Cloud (IaaS, PaaS), SaaS, Digital Marketing, Network, and IT Security procurement expertise and support to the Vice President, Technology Procurement, divisional IT leaders, and Digital Marketing business stakeholders.
  • Develop and foster relationships with internal and external executives to reach mutually-beneficial compromises and outcomes.
  • Provide overall leadership to a team of Category and Sourcing Managers responsible for driving savings, mitigating supplier risks, creating value and supporting business unit objectives and goals of the organization.
In cooperation with divisional leaders, lead the development and manage the subsequent implementation of global sourcing and In cooperation with divisional leaders, lead the development and manage the subsequent implementation of global sourcing and demand management strategies for public & private cloud services, hosting, SaaS, digital marketing, network, and IT security systems across all RELX business units, representing ~$300m annual spend.
  • Incorporating divisional input, evaluate, recommend, and implement strategic alliance/sourcing opportunities to the VP of Technology Procurement and RELX IT leadership utilizing expert industry knowledge, current and emerging business models, an entrepreneurial mindset and a creative business approach.
  • Lead, train, advise and manage a team of Procurement and Sourcing managers responsible for category execution including sourcing and contracts
  • Organize and lead cross-divisional sourcing teams, including preparing advanced sourcing strategies, detailed procurement plans, requests for proposals (RFP’s), performing detailed analysis of proposals and supplier capabilities. Ensure robust process in RFP structuring, bid analysis and negotiation.
  • Develop and negotiate contracts and similar financial commitments with new suppliers and/or renegotiate existing arrangements to accomplish lowest total 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 supplier performance management  programs with select suppliers, including regular business reviews.
  • 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 suppliers within the information technology industry.
  • Identify and implement best practices across RELX with the goal of deploying cost and quality improvements via standardization or use of product/services/new technologies.
  • Create and deploy enterprise-wide metrics, key performance indicators, tools, and processes to optimize sourcing, supplier activities, efficiencies, and to work collaboratively with business unit/functional leaders to prioritize and drive implementation.
  • Monitor compliance to contract revenue commitments; monitor performance across a variety of metrics to meet contractual requirements.
  • Create and/or direct the creation of project plans, objectives and goals; identify and resolve roadblocks in a diplomatic and productive manner.
Provide Cloud (IaaS/PaaS), SaaS, Digital Marketing, Network, IT Security, and related services procurement expertise and support to the Vice President,Technology Procurement, divisional IT leaders, and Digital Marketing Functional Managers.
  • Ensure ongoing development of technical skills and professional expertise to provide internal consulting support to divisional partners to meet operational objectives for cloud, SaaS, digital marketing, and network / voice / data / wireless and related telecommunication product and services spend.
  • Lead Procurement Category Managers IT Functional Managers, and Digital Marketing Functional Managers, to undertake multiple procurement projects simultaneously to achieve business objectives and deliver against annual savings targets.
  • Build and maintain strong business relationships with internal stakeholders.
Develop and Foster Internal and External Working Relationships.
  • Divisional IT Functional Managers, and divisional Digital Marketing Managers.
  • Functional and business unit departments & budget owners.
  • Relationships within Global Procurement to promote cross-category collaboration and teamwork. Set an example of professional excellence.
  • IT Buyers across divisions to serve as central point of contact for guidance on IT Procurement and direction on cloud/IaaS, hardware, security, software, SaaS, digital marketing, & related services sourcing.
  • IT stakeholders across the globe to serve as IT Procurement liaison and align appropriate category owners within Global Procurement to stakeholders.
  • Working with RETS to implement local support services to business units within emerging market countries.
  • Divisional CTOs for deal support and post-deal supplier relationship matters.
  • 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




  • The successful candidate will likely have significant work experience in public cloud services, hosting, network hardware and services and IT security systems procurement and managing supplier relationships (e.g., Amazon Web Svcs, Salesforce, Microsoft Azure, Adobe, Dell, HP, etc.) 7+ years’ experience preferred
  • Highly honed negotiation skills, developed through significant deal making experience
  • Strong ability to read and comprehend supplier contracts, and draft proposed language as needed
  • Proven experience leading cross divisional or functional teams
  • Proven ability to directly manage and lead others
  • Experience writing and generating RFP's, RFI's and RFQ's to suppliers
  • Good quantitative/analytical skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Strong influencing skills that can be used to lead teams and build partnerships with internal resources and executives, as well as the RELX Supply Base
  • Global cloud contract and supplier management experience preferred, preference given to candidates who have global experience with large multi-national companies
  • Ability to build strategic working relationships in order to facilitate agreement with internal partners
  • Ability to work well with cross-functional teams in a highly-dynamic and federated environment
  • Ability to build trust with others who may not have identical goals
  • Persuasive written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to effectively and concisely present complex data and concepts
  • Culturally aware with the ability to communicate and lead projects in multi cultural, multi-national environments


RELX Group is an equal opportunity employer: qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, protected veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. If a qualified individual with a disability or disabled veteran needs a reasonable accommodation to use or access our online system, that individual should please contact 1.877.734.1938 or accommodations@relx.com.









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