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Purchasing Execution Specialist - IT categories

Swiss Re

Information about the position

  • Place of work: Mlynské nivy 12, Bratislava, Slovakia (Job with occasional home office)
  • Basic wage component (gross) and other rewards: From 1 600 EUR/monthOur final offer to you will be set up fairly, considering the skills and experience that you bring to the Swiss Re Group.
  • Contract type: full-time

Job description, responsibilities and duties

About the Role
You as a Purchasing Specialist (SP) will help to bring compliant sourcing and procurement services to internal customers in EMEA region primarily, mainly in area of Information Technology (IT). You will support a variety of initiatives to reduce costs and support sourcing processes that improve the quality of goods and services provided to internal customers by third parties and work to ensure that all vendors serving Swiss Re help the organization meet its business goals.

Responsibilities of the Purchasing/Sourcing Execution team include:
• We manage/support commercial negotiations for assigned business cases
• We manage the contract process, initiate legal reviews and due diligence where needed
• We execute comprehensive RFx process and support internal customers in timely manner
• We manage suppliers within supported categories and commodities e.g. Hardware, Software, Licenses and all outsourced services in relation to IT such as IT enabled business process, software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and cloud enabled outsourcing. etc. (including contract negotiations, supplier evaluation and development, vendor management, necessary due diligence etc.)
• We review and approve purchase orders in internal systems; ensure that accurate contract and contract conditions are in place
• We cooperate with the Category and Regional Managers in developing the demand forecast and sourcing strategies for the sourcing category or assigned business cases

About the Team
You will be part of the EMEA Regional Sourcing Team in Bratislava, a unit within Global Business Solutions. Sourcing is a global Team spread across the globe. We have access to the global Sourcing Network and exposure to global, regional and local Business partners. We collaborate with Category and Regional Sourcing in area of IT.


Employee perks, benefits

You can look forward to extra rewards and benefits including:
- Attractive performance-based bonus
- Flexible working time with occasional home office
- 5 additional days of holiday
- Lunch allowance fully paid by Swiss Re
- Referral bonus
- Pension & risk insurance contribution
- Sick days and sick leave support
- Public transport benefit
- Multisport card

Information about the selection process

This job offer is suitable for people who have been impacted by the invasion of Ukraine.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. Our aim is to live visible and invisible diversity – diversity of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical abilities, personalities and experiences – at all levels and in all functions and regions. We also collaborate in a flexible working environment, providing you with a compelling degree of autonomy to decide how, when and where to carry out your tasks.

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Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

Secondary with school-leaving examination
Follow-up/Higher Professional Education
University education (Bachelor's degree)
University education (Master's degree)
Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Language skills

English - Upper intermediate (B2)

Personality requirements and skills

• You have a bachelor’s or master´s degree preferably economics or business administration.
• You have around 3-4 years of experience in purchasing of IT categories in a global organization with multi-million Euro contracts.
• You have strong negotiations skills and can demonstrate focused delivery of significant cost savings/service improvements in assigned business case.
• You are detailed and process oriented person.
• You have sound knowledge of IT players, key market trends, commercial drivers, cost levers in mentioned categories and commodities.
• You are experienced in negotiating commercially and contractually with global vendors.
• You have hands-on procure to pay process experience (Requirements Capturing, Market Analysis, Vendor Evaluations, Due Diligence, Risk Assessment, Commercial & Contractual negotiations etc.)
• You have sophisticated verbal and written command of English (other language is desirable, German would be helpful)
• You have excellent Business partner management skills and the ability build, maintain and grow relationships in a virtual environment.
• You are naturally proactive, a problem solver, able to navigate ambiguity and passionate about customer outcomes.


Brief description of the company

As the world's leading and most diversified global reinsurer, we offer as our core business financial services products that enable risk taking essential to enterprise and progress. Our company was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1863, and operates in more than 25 countries and provides its expertise and services to clients throughout the world. We combine financial strengths with experience, knowledge and creative thought to explore new opportunities in the interests of our clients, staff and shareholders.

Number of employees

1000 and more employees


Contact person: Kristína Fabiny Šeligová