Category Manager Strategic Sourcing

at Jb Skills
Location Isando, South Africa
Date Posted Jul 28, 2021
Category Sales & Marketing Jobs
Job Type Full-time


Key deliverables and outputs

Category Sourcing Execution
•Formulate and execute sourcing strategies for commodities within the allocated Category following the defined Strategic Sourcing process
to extract value from the spend using Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) approach across the supply value chain
•Execute Category sourcing strategy and implement the relevant policies and procedures for cost effective and efficient strategic sourcing
and supplier management.
•Support the transformation agenda by identifying and improving the Category supplier database and by incorporating and implementing
ESD strategy as per the agreed strategy.
•Execute sourcing events e.g. RFX as required per defined and approved category sourcing strategy.
•Identify Category opportunities to leverage economies of scale and develop proposals and recommendations for consideration and approval
by the appropriate leads in the business.
•Contribute to business initiatives that are designed to improve supply chain efficiency, maintain product quality standards, and reduce costs.
Track market price and demand indices that influence the sourcing of the commodity in the market.
•Evaluate and understand market conditions in order to contribute to competitive sourcing strategies and control costs.
•Conduct internal & external Category profiling.
•Develop commodity should-cost model where required as part of the sourcing strategy to extract value from the supply market.
•Develop commodity sourcing project charter for each sourcing event.
•Establish cross-functional team from business stakeholders for each commodity for providing broad-based approach in executing business
requirement to ensure inclusive total solution,

Category Financial Targets
•Achieve the agreed financial targets for the strategic sourcing category.
•Drive the realisation of savings, supply efficiency, quality, and process improvements in area of responsibility.
•Identify saving opportunities and initiate individual projects and initiatives at operational levels in allocated category
•Contribute to the budgeting process by providing goods and service pricing and unit rates.

Category Contract Management
•Manage Category contracts to ensure the business meets its contractual obligations and derives the desired value.
•Implement Contract compliance monitoring
•Identify and manage risks that may arise through the operation of the contract and implement agreed financial and operational controls.
•Support fact-based negotiation by providing information on quality, delivery, and price and compile regular reports demonstrating cost
•Monitor volume thresholds/economies of scale.
•Drive Continuous improvement through on-going engagements with exiting suppliers as well as potential new suppliers.

Category Supplier Management
•Manage Category supplier relationships to capture relevant innovation and mitigate supply risks.
•Monitor Category supplier performance to ensure delivery on SLAs and compliance requirements.
•Ensure that the B-BBBEE credentials of suppliers are current.
•Build and maintain strong supportive and mutually beneficial relationships with operational and functional management and their suppliers
in the allocated Category.
•Analyse and report on supplier trends to ensure relevance and market intelligence to the business.

Reporting, Risk, Ethics and Compliance
•Implement and track performance indicators, benefits and cost reduction for the Category.
•Monitor compliance to the legal, regulatory and policy requirements in allocated Category.
•Identify and remove potential barriers to the successful implementation of category strategies.
•Contribute to the risk register and manage the Category strategic sourcing and supplier management risks.
•Produce, implement and maintain internal Category sourcing / supplier management documentation.

Category Team performance and continuous improvement
•Ensure that the Category team has the requisite skills and experience.
•Manage the team in line with the business Integrated Employee Value Model and drive a culture of continuous improvement, innovation and
collaboration with other parts of the business.
•Develop commitment and a culture of ethical behavior and practices.

Supplier Management
•Supplier Risk ratings
•Supplier Due Diligence
•Supplier on-boarding
•POPIA adherence

ESD Management
•ESD Strategy and roll-out
•30% sub-contracting strategy and roll-out
•ESD supplier identification, on-boarding and management

Internal customers
•Exco members in area of responsibility; business units and functional areas in Category

External stakeholders
•Category Suppliers/Service Providers, Industry Organisations and Regulatory Bodies, Customers


Academic qualifications

Relevant Degree/ BTech such as BCom Commerce / Law / Engineering / Supply Chain Management/Transport & Logistics/ IT and other relevant degrees
•Postgraduate MBA or equivalent related business management qualification
•Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) membership and/or accreditation (MCIPS preferably)

•Valid Driver’s license, Valid Passport
•Refer CIPS Global Standard - Management Level

Work experience

•6 – 10 years in strategic sourcing / Procurement / inventory management in the category or a commercial vehicle / logistics / transport /
supply chain environment
•Proven track record of strategic supplier relations management
•Established networks within the relevant category
•Engaging at senior management level


•Proven track record of working within cross-functional teams, while successfully delivering on benefits and capability building agenda

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