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Head of Carrier & Colocation Procurement - Americas

  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2023
  • Herndon
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2023
  • Herndon

Business Management – direct responsibility for managing a team of purchasing professionals, who

  • Purchase backbone and access related links (managed services, fibers, duct and sub-ducts) and colocation space as a part of Arelion´s core network
  • Handle RFIs, RFQs and RFPs in order to support the acquisition of these areas
  • Raise and approve purchase orders (TPS) in SalesForce for network acquisition
  • Lead and coordinate the order process interaction between Arelion and our network suppliers to ensure that all related orders are placed and then handed over to Service Delivery for delivery efficiently and effectively
  • Maintain the leased inventory database (TPS) in SalesForce to be able to report on supplier spend and cost control
  • Control and evolution of the Preferred Supplier List (PSL) for backbone, local access and colocation services within the Americas – onboarding new suppliers and MSA negotiations
  • Manage and control the interfaces between Arelion and our network related suppliers
  • Gauge, monitor and report on supplier performance and ensure that key suppliers are managed via regular service review meetings
  • Report on, lead and control cost of access initiatives
  • Manage and drive supplier escalations as required
  • Support on the development of SalesForce system and the procurement processes


  • Management of a team of professional and experienced Procurement specialists; setting objectives and managing performance to achieve and a meet a high level of performance
  • Understanding business requirements, setting supplier strategy and shaping the team to deliver to, and exceed, objectives
  • Motivation and enhancement of skills capacity
  • Building strong relationships with other Arelion departments/stakeholders alongside key suppliers

Supplier Base Management:

  • Ensure that suppliers are performing to their agreed contractual terms and take corrective action, as and where necessary, in order to create a baseline of continuous improvement
  • Deliver best value from the supply chain and report on measurable value/KPIs
  • Manage and control master supplier data in SalesForce and in the support Arelion ecosystem


  • Manage the supplier base and identify opportunities for cost savings and supplier rationalization

  • Work with internal stakeholders to enhance and develop the existing Carrier & Colocation Procurement strategy to achieve Arelion business objectives and targets

  • Lead strategic sourcing for network acquisition through Arelion stakeholder engagement, business requirement analysis, data gathering, internal/external communication and implementation

Analysis & Reporting:

  • Conduct spend analysis
  • Drive and report upon cost reduction activities for the any leased area
  • Control and management of forecasted spend verses actual spend
  • To control and manage Buyers within the Americas region when it comes to forecast control and submission


  • Hold weekly touch base meetings with team members
  • To take part in other departmental meetings as and when required; i.e. Sales, Product, Operations
  • Conduct regular feedback surveys with internal and external stakeholders alike to improve quality and service
  • Support global Head of Carrier & Colocation Procurement as required

Work with great people

Maarit Diridillou
Office Manager
"At Arelion you are surrounded by extremely talented people – it makes the work environment so inspiring!"
Tanuja Rameaux
Head of delivery content
"I love the cultural synergy within the company – it is unique. When you join us, you will feel it’s warmth!"
Sandrine Corbett
Human Resources Manager
"I feel I belong, and I really like the people I work with. This combination empowers me!"
Fabio Bottan
Account Manager
"What I really like about Arelion is the support we get from the company when we promote different ways to do business."

Great Place to Work

  • Flexible working hours

  • Hybrid workspace

  • Health & Wellbeing

  • A healthy work – life balance approach

  • Diverse workplace

  • Equal Opportunity Employer

About the company

From humble beginnings in the early 1990s, we have become connectivity partner of choice to the world’s largest content providers, operators and enterprises. In the past, our network laid the very foundations of the Internet revolution and today it’s enabling digitalization throughout business and society.

Arelion, formerly Telia Carrier, is owned by Polhem Infra, a Swedish investment company backed by some of the largest Swedish public pension funds. We started building our network in 1993, when our Autonomous System, AS1299, was allocated, and we’ve grown organically ever since. Our network now stretches 70,000 kms across Europe, North America and Asia and lets you connect directly to more than 2,300 wholesale customers in more than 125 countries. With more than 450 local access partners around the world, we are the backbone of your business, wherever you are.

Arelion provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by relevant local laws.

2022Telia Carrier is now Arelion

2020Telia Carrier acquired by Polhem Infra

2019Expands US East Coast corridor with capacity options that bypass Manhattan into Secaucus NJ

2018Direct Cloud Connect to top 5 Clouds in the US and EU

2017Collaborates with Facebook and Coriant on TIP Voyager Open Optical Network

2015Telia Carrier Internet backbone ranked no. 1 first time

2013First with 100G in both US and Europe

2011Successfully completes world’s first terabit optical trial

2000First carrier to offer cross-border mobile data roaming

1999First carrier to offer cross-border services for gaming

1998First carrier to sell wavelengths

1993AS1299 was born

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