HEAD-PURCHASING-CATEGORY-MANAGEMENT


Location(s): Nigeria / Lagos

Category: Consumer Goods, Retail, Wholesale, Pharmaceuticals, Logistics and Supply Chain

Level: Professional

Job Type: Full-Time

Min. Qualification: Bachelors

Min. Years of Experience: 10-12

Start date: 01/01/1970

Duration: Fulltime/Long-term


Job Description

Job Description

As our Head of Purchasing & Category Management, you will ultimately be responsible for leading the team responsible for procuring all the products and services essential for the Company’s operations, by strategizing to find the most cost-effective suppliers and deals in order to minimize procurement expenses, enabling the Company maintain its profitability and invest in its growth and its people.

 

Key elements of the role

  • Report to the Chief Executive Officer
  • Drive the implementation of the Organisational Strategy covering procurement processes; develop systems of control, policies and procedures to drive compliance with set Company Procurement SOPs
  • Develop and update the Company’s Procurement policy and reviewing commodity strategy with the Management Team
  • Manage purchasing information and systems, track and report key functional metrics of the Unit to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness
  • Identify and manage risk within the Supply Chain
  • Address various tactical and strategic procurement issues
  • Monitor and analyze current trends in the marketplace, keeping informed of advances in purchase technology and approaches and apply within the Organization to improve the performance of the Supply Chain
  • Manage the Procurement Budget process; ensuring effective cost control and a culture of long-term saving on procurement costs
  • Oversee the management of the strategic sourcing, procurement, contracting and evaluation of services of the Company’s inventory suppliers
  • Identify suppliers by comparing prices, specifications, payment terms and service delivery to determine the most profitable vendors and appropriate vendor selection to secure the most advantageous terms on behalf of the Company
  • Negotiate & set-up supply contracts and determine supplier SLAs
  • Source and negotiate with potential local & international suppliers, develop and establish a Supplier Database; manage and develop the existing and potential supplier pool and update the Approved Vendor List
  • Coordinate the procurement planning process including supply/demand forecasting, inventory management and on-time delivery
  • Supply branches in order to optimize inventory at the retail outlets
  • Perform demand planning in order to optimize inventory at the Distribution Center by liaising with related internal and external customers as well as key suppliers of allotted business areas
  • Oversee the preparation of Purchase Orders and requisitions
  • Prepare, maintain and review purchasing records, produce management reports, track status of requisitions, contracts and orders, approve supplier/vendor bills for payment
  • Respond to internal and external supplier enquires while reviewing requisition orders to verify accuracy, specifications and terminology
  • Coordinate shipment of products from overseas and local suppliers

Desired Qualities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Purchasing, Supply Chain Management or a related field with 15 years minimum experience in a structured organisation, 10 years of which must be in a managerial capacity
  • Experience in the retail industry, specifically retail pharmacy, is a critical advantage
  • Strategic business/commercial operational knowledge and understanding
  • Strong relationship management and influencing skills, both internally and with external partners/accounts
  • Strong analytical and negotiation skills with a deep understanding of demand analysis
  • Ability to lead and develop a team to success
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office skills like Word, Outlook, and Excel.

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