Global Category Lead for Professional Services Billable
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I’m Jakub Lipka and I am the Global Category Lead for Professional Services Billable, based in Prague.
Originally from the eastern part of the Czech Republic, I moved to Prague 18 years ago after studying abroad at the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. I now live in a village close to Prague with my wife and two sons aged 7 and 11.
During my university studies I was deeply interested in procurement and logistics from an IT perspective, and SAP was on course to be a leader in this field. During my first two jobs post-graduation I was heavily engaged in SAP implementations as an end-user which helped me develop in the field. In 2007 when SAP was looking for an experienced procurement person to lead the entire procurement portfolio for SAP offices in Czech Republic it was not a hard decision for me to apply. From a brand and market reputation point of view it was also very easy as SAP is continuously perceived as one of the most attractive employers in Czech Republic.
During my 15 years at SAP I have held several positions in procurement at both a local and a regional level. From my first role, I moved into a regional role supporting Central & Eastern European Countries and from there became the Regional Procurement Manager for EMEA & APJ regions.
In 2019 I became the Global Category Lead with overall responsibility for the purchase of billable professional services at SAP. In this role I’m responsible for defining the global strategy for the purchase of 3rd party billable services for SAP customer implementation projects, for achievement of global savings targets in this area, for internal stakeholder management at global/regional executive level and also for the relationship management with key strategic suppliers of SAP in this field.
A typical day is packed with meetings with key internal stakeholders and suppliers from all regions, driving key procurement initiatives and savings opportunities in those regions. Procurement of professional services specifically in IT/application consulting area is one of the fastest growing procurement areas across all industries, so it’s a never-ending development journey and daily learning process.
I consider myself a very goal oriented and success-driven person and therefore SAP is just the right place for me. SAP gave me the opportunity to manage globally one of the most crucial procurement categories. I’m able to shape global strategy in the field of professional services procurement, to perform strategic global RFPs with key strategic suppliers with overall volume > 500mln EUR/year and achieve multi-million EUR savings. This is of course important from the business side, but the way this was achieved is equally important - it is possible only due to great team spirit and collaboration across all departments in SAP. Without great team-work and the SAP culture I wouldn’t be able to achieve my goals.
Working in SAP means that you’re able to work with the most talented people in IT industry. Collaboration across departments, openness, fully customer-oriented mindset, diversity, accountability – those characteristics are simply in our corporate DNA and enable us to be successful. Thanks to SAP’s unique culture and collaborative spirit I am able to raise the bar year by year and meet these targets– both business and personal development targets.
- First ever job: Purchasing logistics services (road and railway transportation of steel products)
- What did I want to do when I grew up? I wanted to become a professional tennis player or musician.
- If I could do any other job: If I were 25 years younger, it would definitely still like to be a tennis player.
- If I could have any superpower it would be to have the skills of the Avengers like Superman!
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