Category Manager, Infrastructure and Cloud Services

Telenor Group
Singapore   307591 Singapore
Corporate functions
Full Time
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About the position

Telenor Group is the leading telecommunications company across the Nordics and Asia with 158 million subscribers and annual sales of around NOK 99 billion (2022). We are committed to responsible business conduct and driven by the ambition of empowering societies. Connectivity has been Telenor’s domain for more than 160 years, and our purpose is to connect our customers to what matters most.

We have a leading Nordic position in mobile, broadband and TV services, as well as substantial activities in subsidiaries and joint venture operations, including mobile financial services and online classifieds in the Asia region. Worldwide, Telenor Group and our operations’ teams are 14,000 people strong.

Telenor Procurement Company (TPC), established in 2017 and based out of Singapore, operates as a subsidiary of the Telenor Group.  We deliver Global Category Management as a service to the Telenor Business Units and beyond, taking full responsibility for the end-to-end Sourcing process and performance of global spend categories. Functioning as one Global Procurement team across all Telenor markets, we enable Telenor’s strategic ambitions by becoming a centre of expertise in the pursuit of efficient operations. TPC seeks qualified procurement professionals that are comfortable working in a global setup in the fast-paced Telecom field.

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About the Role

As Category Manager, you will be part of the ISIT Sourcing team and report to the Director, Head of Infrastructure and Cloud. You will take ownership of sourcing initiatives and contribute to the end-to-end category management and strategy development, including sourcing execution, contract negotiation and supplier management processes. Your role is pivotal in identifying and realizing cost saving initiatives that deliver real business value in the category across all of Telenor’s Business Units.

Infrastructure and Cloud is a global, centralized category management function. The team manages a common global sourcing function for data centre and office equipment and public cloud services for the Telenor Group. This includes physical assets such as servers, networking, laptops and storage systems, as well as public cloud services. The team runs and supports a wide array of global initiatives including cost optimization, quality improvement, planning, strategy development and large company-to-company negotiations.

Main tasks include:

  • Contribute to development and execution of end-to-end category strategy development.
  • Take ownership and demonstrate accountably for product categories within Infrastructure and Cloud.
  • Actively work with the Global Procurement Teams from different Business Units as part of the extended Category Team.
  • Identify, lead and execute cost saving initiatives that deliver value in the procurement of goods and services for the company.
  • Prepare and lead TCO analysis during procurement processes and participate/lead the negotiations.
  • Manage resources and stakeholders in sourcing processes.
  • Work together with the user Teams and responsible for Demand & Portfolio Management for the entire Category.
  • Ensure compliance with policies, processes and achieve targets.
  • Develop and prepare periodic reports on all procurement activities.
  • Ensure contract management, implementation, and follow-up activities.
  • Evaluate and standardize contract requirements across Telenor Business Units.
  • Understand supply market and perform thorough supplier prequalification for the category.
  • Maintain an awareness of latest buying techniques and theories and develop application within the company.
  • Post contract management activities.
  • Manage contracts and price books relevant to the category.
  • Handle dispute with global suppliers.


To be successful in this role you should be an experienced procurement professional eager to further develop within strategic sourcing. You should have senior level experience from project management, commercial analysis, and contract negotiations. Solid understanding and experience in category management, including strategy development, SRM and contract management is expected.

Furthermore, the successful candidate must be result oriented, demonstrating excellent collaboration abilities and with possess strong communication skills.

Other attributes to enjoy this role will be:

  • Strong business knowledge in telecommunications and/or IT.
  • Strong ability to communicate and interact effectively (verbal, presentation, facilitation & listening modes of communication) across organizational and cultural boundaries, internal and external.
  • Result oriented, demonstrating excellent collaboration abilities.
  • Able to work with a high degree of execution power and passion.
  • Understand the relevant vendor market.
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Demonstrate accountability, maturity, flexibility, and speed in response to business and challenges.
  • Broad knowledge of sourcing techniques and demand management & demand forecasting methods.
  • Familiar with contract setup activities such as specification definition, contract T&C setup
  • High level of integrity and ethics.

Qualification and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor /Master’s degree in a related technology field, Finance, Business or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years in a senior procurement, negotiations, contract management and vendor management role preferably with experience in the ISIT area.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.