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Head of Strategic Vendor Management (SAM)

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Background

Established in 2013 and now based in Blackrock, the Dublin Technology Center delivers best in industry infrastructure and security services across the Zurich Insurance Group. Whether it's with one of our core capabilities such as Cyber Security, or working with our Cloud or Crowdsourcing teams, our customers are our priority. We work smartly to deliver our services excellently with our unique talent. We are committed to working with the best and brightest people from the broadest talent pool possible. We believe a diversity of ideas fosters innovation and engagement, allows us to attract the best people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. Qualified individuals from all walks of life are encouraged to apply.

Zurich Dublin Technology Center is looking for a Head of Strategic SW Vendor Management (SAM)
to optimise software costs and relationship associated with selected strategic vendors – IBM, Microsoft and SAP, who can ensure that value of purchased software is utilised to the fullest extent for the organization. This is a challenging role, requiring to possess strong commercial acumen, understanding IT technology, licensing expertise for selected vendors and being able to collaborate with many different stakeholder groups within Zurich Group. 
GTO SW Asset Management comprises of an international team of SAM experts in three 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 level in defining and implementing 'Best Practice' methodologies related to SAM service.

Your Role

As a Head of Strategic SW Vendor Management (SAM) your main responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Provide forward looking direction for SAM specialists and ensure that SAM objectives for strategic vendors (SAP, Microsoft and IBM) are achieved.
  • Manage budget, provide transparency of costs for SW contracts and assure fair allocation of charges to BUs and Service owners based on software usage.
  • Conduct periodic licensing reviews to establish global ELP, execute contractual demand assessment and True-ups.
  • Oversee the management of contractual agreements, proactively identify and drive initiatives to achieve savings, 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.
  • Provide consulting advice and recommendations as SAM subject matter expert for IT projects and ensure that software and hardware solutions are optimised from cost and compliance standpoint. 
  • Organise global relationship meetings and prepare escalations to Senior Leadership.

Your Skills and Experience

As a Head of Strategic SW Vendor Management (SAM) your skills and qualifications will include: 

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 7+ years of experience in developing and implementing asset management tools, frameworks and governance of which 3+ years in direct ownership of SAM service delivery.
  • Fluent spoken and written English. Knowledge of German is an advantage but not necessary.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to process data and work in a complex global organisational environment.
  • Personal and professional accountability, ability to deliver through others, can demonstrate a high work ethic and committed to doing the right thing, curious, willing and able to offer a different perspective with a genuine focus on solution and the confidence to make it happen.
  • Extremely strong organization and productivity skills, ability to interface with managers, staff and stakeholders within the organization.
  • Exceptional analytical skills, financial and commercial acumen.
  • Good time and project management skills.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • CSAM or any other accreditation in SAM discipline

Additional Information

Primary work location is Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Position is Dublin-based but occasional travel may be required to other Zurich locations.

If you value an exciting and varied working environment and meet the above requirements, then our recruiter Marie Byrne is looking forward to receiving your application by clicking on the button “Apply online”.

 

Who we are 

Zurich is one of Ireland's leading insurance companies providing a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. The company employs over 1,000 people across its locations in Dublin and Wexford. 

Zurich is a strong brand. Zurich in Ireland is part of Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. Our 55,000 employees worldwide form the basis of our success, helping our customers in 210 countries and territories to understand and protect themselves from risk. In order to deliver our services, we offer a competitive compensation package and interesting opportunities for further training & development. As a Zurich employee you benefit from a multitude of advantages as well as a strong culture, characterized by acceptance, diversity and team spirit. 

At Zurich we are an equal opportunity employer. We attract and retain the best qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

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