Dragonflies are excellent flyers: forwards, backwards, hovering, and abrupt changes of direction – all without a hitch. Not only do we derive important findings for automation technology from this, but also for our working world. We set no limits to ideas; we let our more than 20.000 employees lead the way with inventiveness, and we think in different directions. We offer the freedom to lift off and the long-term security to arrive. Welcome to Festo.

Strategic Global Purchasing Category IT (m/f/d)

Your job:

  • Focus on strategic international purchasing of hardware, software and IT services.
  • Analyze global procurement markets and proactively develop new procurement sources and alternatives
  • Optimizing and managing the global supplier portfolio in terms of cost, quality and supply
  • Supporting the development and targeted implementation of a global supplier and purchasing strategy in the commodity group in charge, which takes into account the specific risks of software in particular
  • Independently conduct results-oriented price and contract negotiations in order to systematically exploit cost reduction potential (tenders and auctions)
  • Advising and supporting our IT departments in all matters relating to contracts and tenders as well as price negotiations for hardware, software and IT services
  • Contribute to the implementation of appropriate IT procurement guidelines together with our IT department, as well as optimization and further development of operational purchasing processes
  • Supporting the expansion of international IT purchasing activities and the international IT purchasing network
  • Intensify global cooperation with internal departments 

Your quaflification:

  • Successfully completed studies in business administration, business informatics or comparable qualification
  • Several years of relevant professional experience in strategic procurement management as an IT purchaser for hardware/software and IT services or as an IT project manager with comparable responsibilities
  • Very good knowledge of future-oriented topics in the IT environment (e.g., complex license types/metrics, cloud models, digitalization, digital business, proven experience in risk management in the procurement of software) and relevant guidelines/legal frameworks, as well as contract models in the IT environment are mandatory
  • Experience in negotiating, drafting and designing IT contract content (commercial and legal).
  • Solid project management and SAP skills are required
  • Fluent negotiation skills in English
  • High degree of discipline, problem-solving or persuasiveness, as well as assertiveness and critical thinking skills
  • Negotiation skills and very good communication skills combined with the necessary diplomacy and a cost-conscious and result-oriented way of working
  • Your working style is also characterized by a high level of structure, analytical ability, strategic thinking, discipline and initiative, as well as the necessary understanding and personal attitude for a service-oriented cross-sectional function
  • The ability to work in a team and willingness to travel round off your profile


 You can expect the following with us:

  • The good feeling working for a family-owned company with a safe and solid financial basis
  • Freedom to explore, innovate and realise your own ideas
  • Competitive compensation with attractive perks and other benefits
  • Respect and appreciation for each other - regardless of gender, nationality, disability, age and identity
  • Lifelong learning with great conditions for individual further development
  • Flexible working models depending on the respective workplace for a good balance of work and private life
  • Highly modern working environment, infrastructure and communication technologies
  • Great family and health services for your well-being


You can find more information about our benefits and Festo as an employer here.


Contact person: Susanne Kestner, +49 711 347-58463

Reference code: 6955

Company:  Festo SE & Co. KG

Esslingen, DE, 73734

We look forward to your application!