Group Procurement Specialist

The Group Procurement Specialist is responsible for assisting with the procurement of a wide variety of commodities, materials, supplies, equipment, and services for the Group, and also for the coordination and information sharing across the many group entities in their respective markets. The Group Procurement Specialist will assist in: -The monthly ordering process for various commodities and raw materials required for each business unit (BU) across multiple countries and from various sources, both local and foreign.The coordination and collusion between different BUs to ensure best practices and prices are being achieved in all common goods and services being procured by the group.Review and analysis of buying patterns across the Group to determine opportunities for group interjection to improve quality, speed, or pricing of procurement items.Sourcing and negotiating supply / SLA contracts for BUs and monitoring expiry of contracts and managing renewals and where necessary open tenders for annualised contractsManaging local procurement teams to maximise the use of best in class procurement techniques and supply sources across the group.Reporting on key commodities and services being procured, opportunities for enhancement, and opportunities realised.Maintaining Procurement database of purchasing specifications and requirements, and also supplier management databaseThis role has greater responsibility and accountability than a Buyer and includes some indirect people management responsibility. The job holder may take responsibility for a specific project or hold a larger remit in terms of purchasing responsibility. Job FunctionsProcurement IndustriesManufacturing Specificationa. Purchase goods, materials, components or services in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targetsb. Ensure a continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on business operationsc. Monitor market trends, competitor strategies and market suppliersd. Research and evaluate areas of opportunity for enhancements and/or reduction of costs where possible, particularly utilising coordinated purchasing across multiple countriese. Deliver briefs, updates and reports as and when requiredf. Supporting the business planning process through support to individual businesses, as well asg. Driving maximum utilisation of SAP ERP system within procurement departments and processes and assisting with roll out within each BUh. Work with local procurement teams in each BU to develop creative and innovative procurement processesi. Work with local procurement teams in each BU to develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvementj. Negotiate contracts, improved prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilising negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methodsk. Work with local BUs to assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activitiesl. Explore alternate sources for goods and materials including assessing tenders and quotations from potential suppliersm. Undertake research on and evaluate existing and new suppliersn. Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issueso. Mentor and coach local procurement teams to enhance their career and professional developmentp. Work collaboratively and negotiate and engage with stakeholders and suppliers regarding new projects, supplies and initiatives and advise of impact of change on purchasing and production activitiesq. Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials and advise others of any impactr. Build, maintain and manage supplier relationships and ensure good communications RequirementsQualifications required:i. Minimum academic qualification: Degree in a relevant commercial or engineering disciplineii. Professional registration: Preferably a Fellow or Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)Experience required:i. General work experience (years): 5-10 years of related experienceii. Specific to the position (level/discipline/years): At least 5 years in a procurement positioniii. Demonstrable experience of working within a purchasing function with a proven track record in strategic purchasing delivering effective purchasing strategiesiv. Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvementsv. Proven contract management and supplier experiencevi. Experience of operating and influencing at a strategic levelvii. Strategic thinker and strong relationship building skills
Johannesburg, GT, ZA