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Sourcing Manager III

Sourcing Manager III

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US-TX-San Antonio
Supply Chain

Job Overview

Overview & Responsibilities

Rackspace, a world leader in hosting delivers enterprise-level managed hosting, cloud hosting, and e-mail hosting services to businesses of all types and sizes globally. Today we serve thousands of customers from data centers around the world. Rackspace integrates the industry's best technologies and practices for each customer's specific needs delivering it as a service via the company's commitment to Fanatical Support®. We serve as an extension of our customers' IT departments enabling them to focus on their core business. Rackspace was founded in 1998 and since then has had significant growth year after year. There are now over 5,400 Rackers employed worldwide dedicated to providing customers our premier hosting services
Rackspace is looking for an experienced Sourcing Manager with strong experience in delivering sourcing solutions. Do you want to be part of the next revolution in computing? The individual in this role will be responsible for the sourcing relationship with industry leaders in software technology. We are looking for individuals with proven track record in challenging status quo and thinking outside of the box.
  • Build strong collaborative relationships with key stakeholders across the company to strategically manage spend and the supply base for <<category>>
  • The person in this role will be responsible for development and execution of sourcing and performance managing software suppliers, as well as working closely with our global infrastructure engineering team to ensure technology is available to support our hardware needs. He/she will lead collaboration and act as a liaison between Global Infrastructure Engineering, Product, Legal, Sales, Marketing, Accounting and Finance within Rackspace.
  • Develop sourcing strategies and plans, Lead supplier selection process, and negotiate contracts for new/existing software.
  • Develop and manage to key performance metrics for all suppliers in the software category.
  • Work with peers and senior management to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness, and customer demand for new and existing products.
  • Monitor new technologies and industry trends and develop recommendations for senior management.
  • Subject matter expert in engaging with the business on sourcing strategies, processes and best practices.
  • Research, develop and document new industry leading products as necessary, including, develop and participate in launch of new products. 
  • Facilitate quarterly business reviews for Key software suppliers.
  • Manage quarterly pricing and meet cost management targets for software.
  • Work closely with the license management team to ensure contract compliance.


The ideal candidate for this position will have the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability with ability to work across organizational boundaries, strong team player who enjoys a fast paced atmosphere.
  • BS or MS in Computer Science or related technical degree.
  • Experience in delivering results in a fast paced and highly complex organization.

    Focus on continuous improvement; develop and implement actionable, measurable, and sustainable plans.

  • Proficiency in the use of metrics to measure success or improvements in areas of responsibility.
  • Effective negotiation and supplier management skills.
  • 7-10 years experience sourcing and managing market commodities or comparable components.
  • Knowledge of server and storage hardware commodities.

    Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities, commitments and projects.
  • Ability to influence and drive change and consensus.
  • Self motivated, directed and passionate.
  • Ability to learn very quickly in a fast-paced environment.