Vendor Master Product Manager
Cisco Careers
Bengaluru, Karnataka
Who you will work with:
We are global business partners committed to providing our clients and suppliers value-based procurement outcomes. We do this through analytics-based decision support, digital innovation, supplier diversity, and risk management. We serve as the Supply Chain Manager and Procurement arm for all non-production, indirect suppliers/goods and services globally.

What You'll Do:
We are seeking a Lead Supplier Enablement Product/program Manager for Indirect Procurement Operations Team.

Lead the Centralized Supplier Enablement Operation Team for Indirect Procurement which includes legacy Supplier Enablement for the newly implemented SAP Ariba based Smart Buy Platform as well as ongoing Supplier Onboarding operations.
Define and implement a roadmap for optimizing the Supplier Enablement Service which includes Process Optimization, Platform/Technology Roadmap, Reporting, Analytics, Automation and Support.
Works with Ariba Enablement Services project manager to manage the project and drive project breakthroughs.
Implement and monitor process controls.
Prepare analysis and indicate potential suppliers for integration, enterprise and standard enablement.
Coordinate work of supplier enablement agents for on-going enablement and account administration tasks and ongoing Supplier Enablement activities
The role requires leading Supplier Summits, trainings and identifying and validating supplier contact data as well as managing supplier customer concerns
The Supplier Enablement lead will work closely with Category/Supplier Managers, Accounts Payable teams and outsourced partners and contribute to the governance of the P2P activities

Who you are:
Skills and Specifications

Strong Project management, and change management skills and techniques
Excellent communication including written, verbal and listening skills
Demonstrated success in managing supplier relationships
Experience with e-commerce, online platforms, CRM, and end user support tools
Experience with ERP and P2P systems,
Prior Experience in Implementing Ariba Supplier Network and Buying and Invoicing Platforms is highly preferred.
Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Bachelors degree in Business or Technology. MBA Preferred with 15+ years of Global procurement or Operations Experience
Minimum 5+ years experience in Ariba Procurement processes for Supplier Lifecycle/Vendor Master Management, Requisition, Purchase Orders, Receiving, Invoicing, Catalog Management and industry standard methodologies
Proven experience supporting global (on-shore/off-shore/near-shore), enterprise-wide delivery engagements with one or more of the following Ariba modules: Order Management/Procurement/P2P, Supplier Lifecycle Management/ Supplier Information & Performance Management, PO/Invoice Automation and ERP integration with Ariba Network using various integration technologies

Desired qualifications for this role include:
Self-starter with an ambitious attitude
Ability to adapt to a changing environment
Strong attention to detail with excellent interpersonal and multi-tasking skills
Ability to think critically and analytically to troubleshoot problems and build processes
Maintain a positive attitude and lead by example
Ability to balance multiple projects and priorities
Client facing presence and experience interacting with multiple levels within an organization, including executive leadership
Ability to deliver projects successfully under fixed time constraints
Thrive on collaborating with the implementation team as well as internal and external customers
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