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We are in Business for People, empowering people in service organizations with innovative Enterprise and Business software solutions. We’ve innovated and taken a new approach to delivering ERP that works for people. Self-driving, adaptive and intuitive software that is changing the way people work. Our solutions empower people and deliver a better people experience so people can spend time on meaningful high value work they live for.

Read more on our website about how we transform work and how people feel about it, so our customers and their people can thrive.

Job Description

The Global Procurement department is responsible for vendor selection, vendor negotiations and vendor contracting of the (indirect) spend within Unit4. The spend is both so called global spend in respect to vendors delivering to Unit4 globally (travel, global cloud, IT licenses, IT connectivity etc) as well as local spend above a certain spend volume (office leases, cleaning, etc)


The objectives of the Global Procurement department are the following:

*  We need to make use of Unit4’s scale and buying power and need to select global suppliers where possible;

* We need to make sure we bundle volumes over countries and by doing so reduce suppliers improve our prices and increase efficiency;

* We need to make sure that in country specific spend is purchased at a limited number of suppliers to ensure we have leverage;

* We need to make sure we standardize both from a service and product perspective but also from a legal perspective;

*We need to keep track of our contracts and commitments.

We currently work on these objectives with one Chief Procurement Officer, two Senior Procurement Officers and one Junior Procurement Officer. As replacement of one of these Senior Procurement Officers we are looking for a new member to join our team. You will report to the Chief Procurement Officer. We would be looking for a specialised Procurement Officer supporting Unit4’s Marketing department and one or more other spend categories for example travel, HR or Fleet.

If you’re looking for a challenge in an inspiring, dynamic, international environment in which you can pragmaticly work towards your targets, this is the job for you.

 What you will do

In respect to marketing you will work very closely with the Chief Marketing Officer and the heads of the Global and Regional Marketing sub departments as well as some of the local managers as you are their single point of contact for procurement  

Major Spend areas in marketing are:

o    Field Marketing & Demand Generation

o    Events (global and local)

o    Global Communication

o    Analyst relations

You will build strategic relationships with internal stakeholders to understand business requirements and identify opportunities to create value;

You will promote at all times the Global Procurement Policy to internal stakeholders across Unit4 and external suppliers;

You will follow internal finance governance surrounding approval and signing of contractual agreements;

You will procure in a way to meet our company objectives;

You will negotiate major contracts in respect to the spend areas and liaise with suppliers to resolve issues;

You will  analyze and summarize global commodity spending trends to identify cost saving opportunities;

You will monitor activities to ensure Global Purchasing/Finance policy objectives are met;

You will review standard and non-standard contracts and identify, propose and initiate implementation of process efficiencies and improvements.

Your approach

You will be the face of Global Procurement in your area of expertise explaining the added value you will deliver and keeping track of local purchasing initiatives.

Besides, you will have an important role in the ongoing cost saving initiatives, of course assisted by your colleagues.

You are handson, independent and will make your own ambitious procurement plan that you will carry out by yourself upon approval by the Chief Procurement Officer and your key stakeholders . 

 We offer

If you would like a challenge in a fast moving, dynamic, people centric organisation Unit4 is for you..  We promise to offer you work which will provide you with  a meaningful and inspiring experience. We will invest in you, nourish you and value you. We offer formal training and education opportunities to develop your skills in the direction you wish to take, we offer experience in different departments and teams to give you experiences which will help you find where you are happiest. We offer a fantastic work / life balance, the role is fully remote with unlimited paid time off, competitive salary and annual bonus with a a culture of respect and wanting you to be successful.


Your profile

 You have a Law or business administration degree or in another relevant field;

You bring 7+ years of relevant procurement experience in indirect spend;

You have an in-depth knowledge of the Marketing category, other categories preferable;

You have excellent stakeholder management skills at all levels including C-Level;

You have excellent time management skills and the ability to balance multiple priorities at anyone time;

You are creative and have strong negotiation and influencing skills at all levels;

You can manage and control activities in multi-functional areas or sections;

You take ownership and have the capacity to evaluate and solve complex issues;

You have broad experience of developing high level specifications to use within competitive tender processes across the Marketing category

You are fluent in English, both written and spoken.

Additional Information

Join Unit4 and you’ll be part of one of the most exciting journeys in the cloud software space today. We’re a fast-paced and high-growth people-centric cloud player offering a host of benefits & development opportunities for individuals serious about their career

  • A culture built on trust. That’s why we offer our people an uncapped time off policy and remote working opportunities. We focus on results, not how many days you work or where that work takes place
  • Work, learn & be inspired by some of the best talent in the software space
  • Private medical cover, health insurance, life assurance, contributory pension scheme (employee 3% and Unit4 8%) and a whole host of other market-leading flexible benefits
  • Talent program for high performers. Each year we provide a platform for high potential talent to accelerate their careers!
  • Committed to corporate social responsibility with our Act4Good initiative,  our global movement to do good, and a way for everyone at Unit4 to come together and engage in actions that benefit society
  • Diversity4U. Helping our people thrive starts with a safe and inclusive work environment. We launched our Diversity4U program that builds on our “be genuine” value

Job Location

Lisbon, Portugal

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