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Global Software Asset Management Specialist - IBM


Our opportunity 

Global Software Asset Management Specialist – IBM #LI-Remote


Zurich Insurance group is looking for a senior SAM specialist who specializes primarily in IBM enterprise software to join global Software Asset Management function with an objective to optimize software contract spend, manage compliance, analyses data, draw the relevant conclusions and then work with others to implement opportunities or remediate risks. This is a challenging senior role, requiring a broad understanding of IT technology, service management processes and the ability to collaborate with many different stakeholder groups within Zurich Group.  


GTO SW Asset Management comprises of an international team of SAM experts in four countries, managing a multi-million-dollar software portfolio and helping other IT stakeholders to achieve their objectives. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who would like to work at a groupwide global level in defining and implementing 'Best Practice' methodologies related to SAM service in IBM space.


Your role 

As a Global SAM specialist, your main responsibilities will include:


  • Subject matter expertise, in-depth and proven knowledge of SAM operations and competencies, with ability to apply and advise on complex software licensing topics and produce ELPs specifically for IBM software – user based as well as server based. 
  • Understands IBM licensing concepts and product use rights on prem as well as in cloud.  
  • Navigating and leveraging IBM software related billing, tracking and measurement systems and tools like IBM Passport advantage.  
  • Provide transparency of costs for SW contracts and assure fair allocation of charges to BUs and Service owners based on software usage. 
  • Negotiate successfully across the organization and with external suppliers/vendors in a constructive and collaborative manner. 
  • Maintains stakeholder community and enables information sharing environment. 
  • Proactively identify and drive initiatives to achieve SW related savings, mitigate compliance risks, developing best practices and processes, to continuously improve software asset management service and to ensure compliance with budget and contractual requirements. 
  • Identify necessary changes and play key role in the complex software contract negotiations, manage demand and contract updates, liaise with external vendors, legal, contract and sourcing teams. 


Your Skills and Experience

As a Global SAM specialist, your skills and experience will ideally include:


Basic qualifications & skills

  • 5+ years of relevant proven experience with:
    • direct responsibility and hands-on management of IBM software portfolio in enterprise environment (irrespective of industry),
    • personally creating and responsibility for a full ELP for server based software 
    • strong understanding of license restrictions, benefits, optimization opportunities, BYOL concepts for product use within AWS/Azure Cloud 
    • active hands-on work with general IBM specific system and usage billing, tracking and measurement tools,
    • advanced hands-on MS Excel skills (V/H-Look Ups, Pivots, Complex calculations, …), 
    • profit and Loss (P&L) calculations and accruals for cost impact.
  • Fluent spoken and written English (strong B2+). 

Proven personal traits

  • analytical skills, financial and commercial acumen, attention to detail, ability to process data in a complex global organizational environment,
  • organizational, productivity, time and project management skills,
  • ability to interface, influence and network with managers, staff and stakeholders inside and outside of the organization,
  • communication and negotiation skills with vendors as well as with internal stakeholders.


We offer
Apart from monthly salary offer starting from 3600€/gross and a yearly bonus we offer benefits package which includes:


Working time benefits
Personal days off, Concentrated work week, Additional vacation, Home office, Extra days off at occasion of childbirth, Sabbatical leave


Monetary benefits
Life insurance from Zurich Austria, Compensation for salary loss during sick leave, 3rd pension pillar contribution, Risk Life Insurance, Meal contribution on top of the legally required minimum, Years of service bonus, Wedding bonus, Baby bonus

Other benefits
Edenred electronic cafeteria, Public Transport contribution, Maternity leave benefits, Company and team events, Free parking at the office building, Massages in the office

Professional Certifications, Online Education Portals, Extensive Onboarding program, Strengths based culture (GALLUP)


  • Location(s): Bratislava, Kosice
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Remote working: Yes, within Slovakia
  • Occasional travel to other Zurich locations may be required. 


About us
At our company, we recognize the importance of fostering an open-minded, safe and inclusive environment for everyone. We stand with diversity and respect different backgrounds and lifestyles. That's why we've implemented numerous initiatives to ensure our employees feel comfortable, accepted and respected at all times.

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