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Senior Buyer/Purchaser


Job Description

OVH US is looking for a Senior Buyer / Purchaser to work in our fast-paced office in Reston, VA.  The position reports to the US Financial Director with functionally to the Infrastructure & Services Group Purchasing Manager, in the Purchasing Department.

The major focus of the Purchaser is the purchase of components and services needed by the OVH industrial entities. The Purchaser will contribute to the achievement of OVH competitiveness objectives by applying purchasing best practices and by developing an OVH US purchasing strategy. This activity has an impact on the OVH competitiveness in the short, medium and long term growth of the company.

For this purpose, the Purchaser works to get the best economic conditions to supply the necessary parts or services to user entities, Business Units, Production, R&D etc...:
- by negotiating the best possible prices and other terms,
- by contracting with the suppliers each time it is necessary
- by managing in the best way the portfolio of suppliers under its responsibility.

The Purchaser will share regularly with OVH Global Purchasing team in order to work on common good practices in such a way that OVH US can benefit from international existing agreements and that OVH Group can benefit from US local deals.


Key Responsibilities

  • Procure goods and services (hardware, software, maintenance, managed services, and subcontract labor).
  • Serve as liaison between operational management and the Supply Chain Management organization.
  • Support requirements analysis to include consultation with customer to fully defined requirements and customer understanding of request fulfillment cycle.
  • Facilitate all phases of acquisition/SCM cycle to include RFI, RFP, vendor selection, and supplier negotiations.
  • Negotiate with vendors to provide quotes, pricing, and statements of work for software, hardware, leases, services, and subcontract labor.
  • Create assets in SRM/SAP for tracking hardware and software inventory and maintenance start and end dates.
  • Monitor procurement workflow to include prioritization and escalation management ensuring appropriate service delivery based on problem/customer importance and urgency.
  • Interface with business operations entities, such as accounting, contracts, and program control.
  • Ensure compliance with policies and procedures and government regulations as required.

Required Skills and Background

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline
  • Experience in Data Center and Networks contract negotiations
  • Must have a solid purchasing experience in service and supply business
  • Strategic Sourcing and Category Management experience is required
  • Minimum 10 years of purchasing experience for direct and indirect purchasing (capital expenses, general & professional services, hardware & software)
  • 3-5 years of contract negotiation experience
  • Work Experience in industry, with multi facilities in an international company
  • Strong negotiation, supplier relationship management and project management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities in a fast-paced environment and be flexible while providing support to various departments with different requirements
  • Strong interpersonal skills and highly stakeholder oriented mind-set
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Fluent in French a plus! 

Company Description

OVH US is a global, hyper-scale cloud provider that offers businesses industry-leading performance and value. Vertically integrated to own its network, server technology and green data centers, OVH US operates more cost effectively and passes these benefits back to customers. Controlling each step in the global solution allows OVH US to provide the best performance, price, security, and customer service in the industry. OVH US is a subsidiary of OVH Group, the largest European hosting provider, with more than one million customers across 138 countries and four continents. Thus, OVH US customers join a global network with 26 data centers, 32 points of presence, and thousands of miles of dark fiber.

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