Ops Sourcing Buyer – Assistant Manager – English – On site Johannesburg

Gauteng, Full Time Deadline: Not specified

In this role, The Ops Sourcing Buyer will assist in executing the Sourcing projects to enable the delivery of defined country annual savings targets. These projects will deliver a competitive advantage for the Client business through cost savings, lifecycle value generation, demand management, innovation, and reducing risk within the supply chain.

The projects will be delivered globally or locally as per the Category Strategy and will leverage the full range of supply and demand-side levers. Sourcing knowledge will be applied in executing these plans across all categories while ensuring the risks associated with the purchase of goods and services are mitigated commercially, contractually, and operationally.

Sourcing of the Indirect Spend categories with spend range up to $5m

Drafting and Negotiating contracts; drive the preparation of proposal documents, statement of works (SOWs), quotations, and competitive bids with pertinent specifications, terms, and conditions attached
Use appropriate pre-approved legal templates to produce NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements), Call Off agreements, and contract amendments/renewals
Develops, review, negotiate and executes complex business agreements and contracts as needed
Supplier evaluation, selection, and set-up of ongoing performance management; Rate and manage the performance of suppliers, ensure supplier performance of all contracts
Liaise with the stakeholders to understand their requirements and close them in the given time frame
Perform spend ’ market analysis to identify the best available market price for the ongoing project/service
Responsible for savings targets, timely deliveries, and Customer Satisfaction within the contractual SLAs/KPIs
Participate periodically in reviews with Global Category managers and Regional Heads of Procurement and their sourcing managers to ensure strategies are aligned and pipeline activity is proceeding
Carry out all reporting requirements accurately and within the specified time scales as needed
Skillfully apply appropriate procurement approach in negotiations; Independently prepare and lead negotiations to a conclusion
Develop and drive effective relationships with suppliers, Coordinate, review, and respond to supplier inquiries, protests, and appeals
Agree on sourcing plans and set expectations for effective value delivery
Help the customer understand and engage with the Organisation’s procurement processes
Assist in the execution of eSourcing and for delivering incremental value to the business through eAuctions where needed
Work with a variety of business stakeholders and partners within the Client retained organization, spanning business operations, procurement, and supply chain managers, this will require proactive engagement by the role holder to understand business requirements and ensure a coherent sourcing strategy is quickly established and delivered to within the agreed contractual SLAs and KPIs.
Demonstrate professional and concise written and verbal communications in the required Country Language (English) and build effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders across the Client organization.

Qualifications we seek in you!
Minimum qualifications

Proven Procurement experience in demonstrating a proven track record of delivery of successful sourcing projects
Oral and written fluency in English (additional languages are preferred)
Degree or equivalent professional qualification within Business Management, Procurement, and Supply Chain management
Support multiple end-to-end sourcing projects in parallel; focusing on data accuracy and quality of output to Clients/Stakeholders
Proven track record of supporting various sourcing activities, demonstrating an ability to manage parallel projects, and being able to prioritize critical activities where needed
Builds and maintains effective stakeholder and supplier relationships to assure successful business performance
Sound understanding and execution of effective negotiation strategy
Resolves quality problems with suppliers and stakeholders quickly and efficiently takes direction where needed
Reviews commercial contracts to ensure they protect Client against risk and deliver advantage to the business; put forward suggestions for process improvement (as appropriate)
Exposure to ERP and other procurement systems (Oracle Fusion / Archer / Emptoris and any other S’P tool)
Exposure to reviewing and understanding Dun ’ Bradstreet reports, Credit Scoring methods

Preferred qualifications

Category experience of buying; IT (Software, Hardware, Networks ’ Infrastructure, Data Centre) Telco, Marketing, HR Services, Professional Services, Travel, CRE, Facilities Management and Banking Operations
Supplier Management experience
Personal effectiveness; Energetic and self-motivated
Ability to use influencing techniques
Proven ability to manage multiple projects/tasks effectively
Ability to manage change effectively; uses straightforward and constructive arguments to gain buy-in from others
Demonstrated success working in a team environment
Exercises sound judgment on a day to day business problems and provide recommendations for solving course correction
Ability to act on own initiative
Communicates clearly and with an inclusive style
Collaborative and cross-cultural
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite applications
Strong analytical skills, organizational and skills