Procurement Manager – Logistics and Packaging

Our client a global manufacturing company is looking for a category manager – logistics and packaging

Job Purpose:
Reporting to the Procurement Director, the incumbent of this position will be responsible for the development and implementation of a category strategy to optimize total cost of ownership, minimize risk and ensure sustainability for Logistics and Packaging spend across South Africa.


ESSENTIAL: Degree in Supply Chain, Commerce or Category relevant.
DESIRABLE: CIPS registration and / or qualification would be an added advantage

Job Experience:

5-10 years in strategic sourcing / operations / commercial / category specialist role; procurement in international environment and leadership experience preferable.
Licences / Mandatory Training
Proficiency in MS Office suites will be essential
Competent in the use of SAP MM module is preferred
Valid drivers licence

Key Performance Areas:

  • Develops a category strategy (3 to 5 years), develops road maps to implement the strategy and monitor against this
  • Ensures category alignment with the Group Procurement team
  • Scopes and sources at a global level
  • Drives supplier negotiations and facilitates contract implementation. Manages against these contracts to ensure Service level Agreement compliance
  • Conducts supplier relationship management including supplier audits and evaluations
  • Performs regular market analysis and benchmarking
  • Focuses on buying channel digitalisation and automation
  • Monitors risks and ensures that the strategy and road maps are adjusted to account for any changes
  • Minimises Total Cost of Ownership
  • Drives value creation and innovative thinking
  • Builds strong relationships with Operations and maintains a good understanding of Operations
  • Partners effectively with the Supply Chain Management department to deliver ongoing logistics cost reduction and drive strategic partnerships with key logistics service providers
  • Ensures effective people management

Job Competencies / Attributes / Skills:

  • High level of commercial acumen
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Analytical thinking with high attention to detail
  • Ability to operate at a strategic level and see the big picture
  • Self-management and self-motivation with high integrity
  • Good verbal, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Adopts a Continuous Improvement approach in their work
  • Able to work independently under pressure
  • Confident to deal independently with Senior Leader
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