Senior Director, Purchasing

Burlington, MA, US, 01803


Sophos Overview – Cybersecurity Evolved


Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K. More information is available at www.sophos.com.


Job Purpose:

Sophos is a global leading provider of cloud enabled end-user and network security solutions delivering annual revenues of circa $800m. Sophos occupies a key space within the cyber security market, perhaps one of the hottest industries at the moment and is preparing for a likely Public Offering on a U.S. exchange in the next 3 – 4 years. The Sr. Director has full responsibility for procurement function of the Company.


Main Duties:

  • Driving key strategic deals across all categories including bundling of third party products into our products
  • Defining policies, processes and guidelines for procurement function in consultation with business and finance to drive
    • Consolidation of vendors
    • Brining competition for each deal – planning in advance –to have comparable quote
    • Vendor selection criteria
    • Cost of ownership rather than transaction costs
  • To coach, strengthen, build and manage a world class procurement function
  • To work closely with the business team to ensure optimize pricing with optimize quality and service levels – truly become procurement business partner
  • Drive end to end procurement process in coordination with other team including legal, finance and business
  • Drive Procurement system improvements
  • Vendor lifecycle management across all categories
  • Responsible for spending analysis and reporting
  • Licensing management of various software


Skills & Experience:

  • Educated to degree or equivalent level
  • Preferably master’s degree in engineering/business/economics with finance background
  • A strong technical and commercial background
  • Proven success of operating at senior level within a Fortune 500 international business – preferably at similar industry
  • Preferably a breadth of procurement experience across all categories
  • Strong analytical abilities and financial skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong leadership qualities and a proven track record of building capable team
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work across multiple business units at all levels of the organization both domestically and overseas
  • An individual who can lead and inspire teams effectively


Equal Opportunities

Sophos is committed to equality opportunity in all areas of its work. All qualified applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.

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At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.

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