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Buyer Materials for Maintenance Repair & Operations

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Job ID SOF02189 Date posted 02/18/2020 Location : Sofia, Bulgaria
Position Purpose & Summary

This position is responsible for coordination of tactical sourcing activities for plant Materials & Services category, focusing on implementation of CSSP strategy for MRO (Materials for Maintenance Repair & Operations), including mechanical, electrical, personal protection equipment’s, industrial supplies or other types of products needed for MRO, within sub-region France, Spain and Italy. This implies ability to manage complex sourcing requirements, including managing tactical sourcing processes and procurement records, providing sub-region tactical sourcing support and planning, managing supplier events and relationships, in full alignment with category organization to implement PM&S/MRO sourcing strategy.


Principal Accountabilities

Implement MRO sourcing strategy and manage suppliers & agreements for France, Spain, and Italy in alignment with Regional MRO Sub-category lead
  • Support category organization in the development of category strategies
  • Assist in obtaining forecasts, business critical customer requirements, local supply market insights, supplier capabilities insights and responsible to manage local business stakeholders)
  • Work with business stakeholders to develop sourcing strategies for unique category areas (e.g. business or
  • location-specific sourcing priority or opportunity areas), and identify opportunities for the category organization to support business requirements and sourcing support needs
  • Works directly with the category organization to inform future regional/global strategies; act as subject matter expert on category driven projects.
  • Support the category organization in the execution of category strategies / strategic sourcing process for MRO
  • Assist in the development of supplier evaluation criteria
  • Research local supplier options
  • Support and lead the RFP process
  • Support the contract negotiation
  • Implement category strategies
  • Alignment and implementation of strategic sourcing strategies across the sourcing lifecycle
  • Execute and operationalize new supply arrangements
  • Implementation of contract and catalogs at location(s)
  • Onboarding of select suppliers at location(s)

Manage supplier relationship & performance:
  • Responsible for relationship management for significant suppliers across region/business; independently develops and leverages existing supplier partnerships.
  • Consults buyers across business on complex aspects of tactical sourcing activities.
  • Contacts supplier and takes actions to research complex and significant variances with supplier contract terms and conditions (systemic quality or service problems, etc.).
  • Works with applicable plant/location staff to research and resolve complex supplier issues; works directly with the category organization as appropriate to find resolution.
  • Works with plant/location to develop capabilities of suppliers to enhance business continuity, drive value, innovation & sustainability
  • Establish and maintains on-going tracking mechanisms for complex performance metrics, reporting on value captured across different businesses.
  • Accountable for value realization of the vendors related to the category.

Manage/execute tactical sourcing processes:
  • Responsible for managing tactical sourcing process to select suppliers for procurement of non-contracted materials/goods, or supplies which are considered local spend (as defined with Regional MRO sub-category lead)
  • Gathering and performing complex analysis of internal spend data o Gathering specifications/requirements from internal stakeholders
  • Supports the creation of and validates requirements / statement of works / specifications o Development of supplier evaluation criteria
  • Researching local supplier options
  • Develop/manage RFP templates per subcategory
  • Conduct tactical sourcing RFPs in line with Cargill CSSP eSourcing Policy
  • Collecting supplier bids and perform analysis of results (e.g. determining best value supplier from multiple supplier quotes)
  • Negotiating contract terms and conditions 
  • Award the business
  • Maintain supplier lists / category cards
  • Execute on contract as per our legal standards – e.g. signing of contract adhering to correct Power of Attorney, alignment and agreement with CSSP legal on contract if deviations occur from standard template
  • Implement and manage new (tactical) supply arrangements and report on value delivery
  • Maintain & archive as per RIM policy agreement in Ariba to ensure proper supply & demand planning
  • Ensure contract owned are up to date to enable supply and demand as per the agreed terms & conditions
  • With approval, work with the category team to buy materials/goods, services and/or supplies in excess of established boundaries & limits.
  • Lead and/or act as subject matter expert on multi-functional, local or regional project teams.
  • Works with buyers across businesses to coordinate complex tactical sourcing activities (e.g. major capital projects or other large spend areas) to leverage resources and increase value capture.
  • Deliver budgeted value for tactical sourcing
  • Teams up with peers in other sub-regions or regions to ensure a common way of working and the exchange of different experiences

Provide procurement support & planning:
  • Alignment in category on (longer term) supply needs of the business:  gather and interpret complex information of business needs conducts complex research and analysis (e.g. internal/external data from traditional and nontraditional/non-structured data sources) apply in depth understanding of plant operations to provide specific forecasting of longer-term supply needs
  • Obtain an in depth understanding of operations and business (critical) customer requirements (e.g. product development plans, marketing projections for new products, planned product line expansions, etc.)
  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of the business sourcing environment (e.g. suppliers, cost drivers, international market dynamics, geopolitical risk, import/export laws, etc.).
  • Support local internal and external audits on procurement process topics
  • Teams up with peers in other sub-regions or regions to ensure a common way of working and the exchange of different experiences
  • Accountability for budgeted value delivery within his area of influence


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant business experience; 3+ years implementing procurement, trading or strategic sourcing related duties.
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to engage and communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Critical thinker with strategic perspective and results oriented mindset
  • Persuasive change agent capable of challenging conventional wisdom
  • Ability to work effectively and implement solutions in a team environment
  • Understanding of the operations, needs and requirements of key business and functions Experience with key suppliers and ability to develop beneficial relationships
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • English fluent
  • French language is an advantage


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Project Management Experience
  • ERP (Enterprise Resource Program) knowledge, specifically in SAP SRM (Supplier Relationship Management Module), ECC (Enterprise Control Component) and MRP (Materials Resource Planning)
  • Manufacturing experience
  • Work  experience in multi-countries environment
  • Experience in MRO category would be a plus
  • Data analysis skill and report generation

Our Offer
In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world. 

Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.

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