Category Procurement Manager / Commodity Manager - Johannesburg

Implement Procurement strategies in close cooperation with Category Managers on a local level. Manage the operational and tactical procurement of local goods and services focusing in Mining

Manage the operational and tactical Procurement of goods and services categories in accordance with category strategy, as well as applicable policies, procedures and specifications
Act as the point of contact between country Category Management and operations
Drive the realization of savings, supply efficiency, quality, and process improvements in Country, in line with regional and global strategies.
Identify saving opportunities and initiate individual projects and initiatives at all operational levels
Negotiate in close coordination with Category Management for local volumes, processes, quality levels and prices
Manage and develop buyers where required
Responsible to drive local socio-economic transformation objectives (e.g. B-BBE Code of Goods Practices) relating to supplier and enterprise development, preferential procurement, etc.

Identify local saving opportunities
Ensure global & local policies and procedures are conveyed to end users in the Procurement of goods and services
Initiate and support the RFx process locally as defined by category strategy
Align internal decision makers through focused communication
Approve local purchase orders for supplies, equipment and services within authorized signature limits.
Assure compliance with applicable laws, ethical standards, policies and codes of business conduct
Ensure that own country executes category strategy as required and agreed. Where compliance is an issue, find and eliminate root causes
Measure performance through KPI’s according to existing templates
Ensure locally generated savings are reported as required, and according to category guidelines
Track achieved results

Sales, number of people, budget, volumes, etc.
Key interfaces, stakeholders and relationships (internal)
Operational Management (e.g. plant managers)
Country and Zone Category Management
Finance (account payable, etc.)
Key interfaces, stakeholders and relationships (external)

Level of education / qualifications normally required:
Bachelor degree in: Commerce/ Engineering/ IT /Supply Chain/ Law/ Science; (Mining Qualification will be an advantage)
Registration with a Procurement and Supply Chain Management professional body will be an added advantage: MCIPS preferably;
Honours Degree/ MBA an added advantage

Specific work experience:
Minimum 6 years in procurement role (category management, sourcing, operations) with exposure to supply chain management, strategic sourcing and optimal procurement processes and standards
Demonstrated performance in working within cross-functional teams, with requisite drive and energy to ensure that a challenging benefits and capability building agenda is successfully delivered
Technical / functional skills:
Relationship management - strong networking and consultation skills
Collaboration and team player
Client orientation approach
Planning and organizing
Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
Strong analytical skills
Problem solving skills
Business acumen
Strong report writing skills
Strong communication skills
Strong negotiation skills
Savings tracking methodologies and reporting

Behavioral competencies / Leadership and managerial abilities:
Good written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively/convincingly at all levels (including technical and operational) and with all functions at least in English and local language
Effective time management, planning and organization skills; ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and drive tasks to completion in a fixed time-frame and in a pressured environment
Ability to work with cross-functional teams and build relationships across multiple functions
Ability to deal with ambiguities, conflicts and adversarial relationships
Excellent negotiation skills
Proven ability in analysis and interpretation of data
Proven ability to identify problems quickly, make sound judgments, establish and implement solutions
Understanding of procurement and supply chain management best practices
Understanding of procurement commercial value proposition
Basic financial management acumen and cost/price analysis skills
Understanding of legal and regulatory aspects governing procurement (e.g. B-BBEE Act)

Mobility requirements:
The incumbent will be required to undertake travelling to local operation sites country-wide, supplier’s offices, and may be required to travel to international offices.

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