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Strategic IT Sourcing / Procurement Specialist (System Integration Section) : ITPD

Rakuten, Inc.
00011722 Requisition #

We are looking for a Strategic IT Sourcing/Procurement Specialist who will contribute to cost saving and adoption of innovative technologies for Rakuten's business by supporting sourcing and procuring cutting edge IT products and services. 



  • Sourcing, procurement, and contracts, not only for multiple business units but also for domestic and overseas subsidiaries around the world, with a focus on IT hardware, software and services
  • Lead RFx processes, make recommendations regarding final vendor selection and prepare documentation to meet both budget and delivery goals
  • Manage compliance, vendor evaluation/relationships, and aggressive pricing
  • Utilize strategic/analytic thinking for negotiation of complex terms and conditions of latest IT products and services
  • Research potential vendors with innovative technologies to bring our company competitive advantage and innovation

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in either sourcing, procurement, marketing, sales, implementation or operation in the following categories: Infrastructure (Server, Network, Storage, Virtualization, Unified Communication and Data Center), Cloud Computing / Services (Iaas, SaaS, Open Cloud), or Software (OS, Development Tools, Database)

  • Experience in RFx, sourcing, securing competitive pricing, negotiations and establishing contracts of IT products and services as a procurement, sales, or engineer
  • Basic knowledge of contracts and legal terms and conditions of IT products and services
  • Intermediate or advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Ability to prioritize and deliver to timelines driven by multiple internal customers and external vendors
  • Fast learner who understands and is willing to absorb the knowledge of brand new cutting edge IT products and services

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in vendor evaluation and selection and strategic vendor management
  • Experience in adopting or using Sourcing and Procurement solutions
  • Ability to demonstrate a sense of urgency; ability to apply analytical mindset to challenges
  • Implement proactive procurement strategies, policies, process, and systems

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