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Global Software Asset Management Specialist - IBM


 Our Opportunity


Zurich Insurance group is looking for a senior SAM specialist who specializes primarily in IBM enterprise software and secondarily in Oracle or Red Hat to join global Software Asset Management function with an objective to optimize software contract spend, manage compliance, analyses data, draw the relevant conclusions and then work with others to implement opportunities or remediate risks. This is a challenging senior role, requiring a broad understanding of IT technology, service management processes and the ability to collaborate with many different stakeholder groups within Zurich Group.  


GTO SW Asset Management comprises of an international team of SAM experts in four countries, managing a multi-million-dollar software portfolio and helping other IT stakeholders to achieve their objectives. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who would like to work at a groupwide global level in defining and implementing 'Best Practice' methodologies related to SAM service primarily in IBM space and secondarily in Oracle or Red Hat. 


Your role 


As a SAM Specialist your main responsibilities will be:


  • Subject matter expertise, in-depth and proven knowledge of SAM operations and competencies, with ability to apply and advise on complex software licensing topics and produce ELPs specifically for IBM software – user based as well as server based. 
  • Understands IBM licensing concepts and product use rights on prem as well as in cloud.  
  • Navigating and leveraging IBM software related billing, tracking and measurement systems and tools like IBM Passport advantage. 
  • Provide transparency of costs for SW contracts and assure fair allocation of charges to BUs and Service owners based on software usage. 
  • Negotiate successfully across the organization and with external suppliers/vendors in a constructive and collaborative manner. 
  • Maintains stakeholder community and enables information sharing environment. 
  • Proactively identify and drive initiatives to achieve SW related savings, mitigate compliance risks, developing best practices and processes, to continuously improve software asset management service and to ensure compliance with budget and contractual requirements. 
  • Identify necessary changes and play key role in the complex software contract negotiations, manage demand and contract updates, liaise with external vendors, legal, contract and sourcing teams. 


Your Skills and Experience  


As a SAM Specialist your skills and qualifications will ideally include: 

  • 5+ years of relevant proven experience with:
    • direct responsibility and hands-on management of IBM software portfolio in enterprise environment (irrespective of industry),
    • personally creating and responsibility for a full ELP for server based software
    • strong understanding of license restrictions, benefits, optimization opportunities, BYOL concepts for product use within AWS/Azure Cloud
    • active hands-on work with general IBM specific system and usage billing, tracking and measurement tools,
    • advanced hands-on MS Excel skills (V/H-Look Ups, Pivots, Complex calculations, …),
    • profit and Loss (P&L) calculations and accruals for cost impact.
  • Fluent spoken and written English (strong B2+). 




  • analytical skills, financial and commercial acumen, attention to detail, ability to process data in a complex global organizational environment,
  • organizational, productivity, time and project management skills,
  • ability to interface, influence and network with managers, staff and stakeholders inside and outside of the organization,
  • communication and negotiation skills with vendors as well as with internal stakeholders.


Additional Information 


 As well as a competitive salary and a yearly bonus we offer benefits package which includes: 


  • Option to work remotely within Spain even up to 100% - you choose 
  • Flexible working hours 
  • Wide range of internal and external trainings 
  • Free English, German and Spanish classes depending on the needs 
  • Ticket restaurant 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Pension Plan - after 1 year in the company 
  • Referral bonus if you bring other talented people like you 
  • Special banking and insurance conditions 
  • Exclusive Employees discounts 


Primary work location is Barcelona, Poblenou. Please apply with your CV in English by clicking on the button “Apply online”. 


Who we are  


Looking for a challenging and inspiring work environment where you can make a difference? At Zurich millions of individuals and businesses place their trust in our products and services every day. Our 53,000 employees worldwide form the basis of our success, enabling, businesses and communities to face a world of risk with confidence. Imagine if you could help people do this all over the world. You’d give them confidence and reassurance by protecting what they love most. It’s a big challenge, but you will be supported by a world-class team who believe in helping you to reach your full potential and deliver on our promises.  


Diversity & Inclusion 


At Zurich we are an equal opportunity employer.  We attract and retain the best qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. 


So be challenged. Be inspired. Help us make a difference. 

You are the heart & soul of Zurich! 

At Zurich, we like to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. We take an optimistic approach by focusing on the positives and constantly asking What can go right? 

We highly value the experience and know-how of our employees and offer a wide range of opportunities across business areas to encourage you to apply for new opportunities within Zurich when you are ready for your next career step. 

Let’s continue to grow together!


  • Location(s):  ES - Barcelona 
  • Remote working: Yes
  • Schedule: Full Time
  • Recruiter name: Alvaro Gallego Zazo

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