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Procurement Category Manager - Data Center

Company: CrowdStrike
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Job Description:

At CrowdStrike we're on a mission - to stop breaches. Our groundbreaking technology, services delivery, and intelligence gathering together with our innovations in machine learning and behavioral-based detection, allow our customers to not only defend themselves, but do so in a future-proof manner. We've earned numerous honors and top rankings for our technology, organization and people - clearly confirming our industry leadership and our special culture driving it. We also offer flexible work arrangements to help our people manage their personal and professional lives in a way that works for them. So if you're ready to work on unrivaled technology where your desire to be part of a collaborative team is met with a laser-focused mission to stop breaches and protect people globally, let's talk.

About the Role

CrowdStrike is seeking an experienced Procurement Category Manager to support the data center operations space. The candidate should have strong supply chain and procurement skills, analytical and financial acumen, communication capabilities and a passion to dive-deep into processes used in our data center operations network. Additionally, the candidate must have proven skills in managing large-scale supply chain and procurement improvement projects. As a Procurement Category Manager, you will be responsible for negotiating contracts for the data center environment across the entire company. The position involves developing negotiation strategies, advising requestors on contract terms and conditions, monitoring cost and scope of assigned contracts to drive efficiencies, reduce risks, and costs for CrowdStrike. The candidate may recommend cost saving proposals including alternative sourcing and will exercise independent judgment to determine appropriate action. Your team will work cross-functionally with Data Center (DC) Design, DC Engineering, and DC Operations, to deliver more efficient and greener capacity globally with increasing predictability, low cost, high quality and shorter lead times. The ideal candidate thinks long term, drives multiple initiatives, communicates appropriately and influences customers and suppliers at all levels. The candidate will be collaborative, but also work with significant autonomy. To be successful in this role you will be highly analytical, think strategically and globally, exhibit curiosity and learning drive, have a sense of urgency to meet customer timelines, succeed in a fast-paced environment, and have a high level of customer focus and business judgement.

This position is open to candidates in our Irvine, CA office and Sunnyvale, CA office.

Additional Responsibilities:

Strategic Sourcing


  • Develop global sourcing and supplier strategies for data center products and services
  • Work with various stakeholder groups to qualify new or existing capable suppliers, initiate requests for proposals/quotations (RFPs/RFQs)
  • Conduct RFP and lead cross functional teams through the supplier selection process with effective scoring criteria to critically evaluate supplier proposals in accordance with company policies
  • Lead negotiations on Procurement agreements, including Master Agreements, Statements of Work, Change Orders balancing business deliverables, legal interests and pricing
  • Conduct analysis on proposals for services in support of various business functions
  • Analyze total costs, assist business functions with ROI analysis, price and rate benchmarking and negotiate favorable business terms to leverage company purchasing power
  • Evaluate single sourcing requests and ensure competitiveness
  • Ensure pricing & deliverables as negotiated are included in the contract

    Category Management

    • Develop, refine and implement category strategies and tactics that enable the procurement of products and services at the highest value benefit to the company
    • Add value by becoming the subject matter expert on data center categories and consulting internal clients on industry trends, benchmarking, and best practices
    • Lead cross-functional meetings with various business functions and develop a communication strategy to keep internal clients informed about procurement processes, supplier strategy, and procurement policies
    • Demonstrate proven experience driving large-scale process improvements resulting in measurable value
    • Cost modeling: Partner with internal service and material requestors to ensure best-in-class pricing is secured. Drive continual improvement of cost productivity

      Supplier Management

      • Manage supplier relationships with focus on supply risk management, contract risk management and cost management
      • Mediate supplier issues and resolve customer / supplier contract disputes if necessary
      • Lead and participate in supplier performance reviews with vendors to review performance and support mutually agreed upon improvement programs as required
      • Support ad-hoc reporting needs including supplier scorecards and other reporting

        What You'll Need

        • Bachelor's degree required with 5+ years of experience in category management and/or strategic sourcing
        • Subject matter expertise in sourcing & contracting tools (SAP and/or Oracle)
        • Contract Negotiation / Vendor Management / Influencing Skills / Cost Modeling / Project Management
        • Ability to work well in a fast-paced dynamic environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and ensure task completion and deadlines are met as required
        • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel is required
        • Ability to present to C-level executives / stakeholders and articulate strategies and performance metrics

          Bonus Points

          • MBA degree or Certified Purchasing Manager - desirable
          • Experience in data centers, engineering, and infrastructure service provider or similar technology company
          • Experience with international procurement
          • High-tech, start-up, rapid growth and/or publicly traded company experience
          • You must love our business. CrowdStrike is a leader in cybersecurity. We don't have a mission statement. We are on a mission to protect our customers from breaches. You must be genuinely committed to our mission and eager to learn the details of our business

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            Benefits of Working at CrowdStrike:

            • Market leader in compensation and equity awards
            • Competitive vacation policy
            • Comprehensive health benefits + 401k plan
            • Paid parental leave, including adoption
            • Flexible work environment
            • Wellness programs
            • Stocked fridges, coffee, soda, and lots of treats


              We are committed to building an inclusive culture of belonging that not only embraces the diversity of our people but also reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work and the customers we serve. We know that the happiest and highest performing teams include people with diverse perspectives and ways of solving problems so we strive to attract and retain talent from all backgrounds and create workplaces where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.CrowdStrike is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Keywords: CrowdStrike, Irvine , Procurement Category Manager - Data Center, Executive , Irvine, California

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