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Manager Sourcing Active Job Vacancy in Kenya

Our client is a leader in the telecommunications field with a foothold all over Africa.
The company seeks to recruit a dynamic individual for the position of manager sourcing active
Position Title: Manager Sourcing Active
Reports to: 
Head Sourcing – Networks & IT
Basic Purpose:
  • Lead and anchor strategic sourcing and contracts for active infra network equipment ((GSM Equipment including Core Switches, Access Networks, Microwave equipment, SMSC etc)Ensure best value for money spend
  • Work towards building a vendor eco-system
Principle Accountabilities:
Expected End Results: Identify Sourcing Needs & Strategy Major Activities:

  • Identify strategic sourcing needs (for active network infrastructure equipment) for the African region – Identify tactical vs. strategic deliverables and evaluate value propositions from strategic perspective
  • Identify and develop partners/suppliers of strategic goods and services (for active network infrastructure equipment) across countries based on business needs and to leverage on One Africa synergies
  • Close coordination with key internal stake holders to ensure right choice of Partners
  • Apprise management of critical issues in sourcing and suggest opportunities for cost saving and improvements
  • Develop new Commercial models for procurement of Active Infrastructure
Expected End Results: Vendor management & assessment Major Activities:
  • Scan the market for new partners both within & outside Africa leveraging on One Africa synergies
  • Identify, compare and select partners providing materials as per defined quality standards at cost-effective rates
  • Visit the supplier premises to check & analyse their capacities & capabilities
  • Evaluate partner performance regularly
  • Develop and nurture business relationships with internal customers and partners across Africa
  • Ensure compliance to agreed SLAs by vendors
  • Facilitate in resolving any escalations of quality deviations in vendor performance if required
  • Assess vendor performance and rate vendors on metrics of cost, quality, and service parameters
Expected End Results: Risk Mitigation Major Activities:
  • Standardize Tender General Condition for Infrastructure creation
  • Optimize consultants liability on the executed projects, if applicable
  • Standardize rate contract terms with cover for maintaining products during the total life cycle
Expected End Results: Ensure compliances to processes, external and internal regulations for all African regions Major Activities:
  • Ensure adherence to defined Supply Chain Policy/Process
  • Conduct timely renewal of all Rate Contracts.
Expected End Results: Business Demand Forecasting Major Activities: Collaborate and coordinate with business teams across all Opcos, in forecasting and estimating their material requirements to ensure continuous project workflow.
Expected End Results: Market Pulse for New Technologies, Upgradations, creating cost effective new and innovative products & solutions Major Activities:
  • Recommend internal customers on current market conditions, available state of- the-art technology & new product viability
  • Create strategies, products & solutions for CAPEX cost reductions.
  • Evaluate required material in light of market availability, quality and commercial feasibility dimensions
  • Identify and chart out alternative options in case of material or product unavailability
  • Engage in costs and quality benchmarking through informal market research, study of consumption patterns, quality and cost interrelationships
  • Develop cost benchmarks by checking rates given to other clients and competitors by vendors
  • Derive smarter methods of pan-Africa administrative purchase viz. epurchase etc
Major Challenges:
  • Ability to operate in a multi cultural, multi country environment
  • Management of a multi-vendor eco system
  • Manage expectations of multiple stakeholders – partners, vendors, dealers
  • Manage complex assignments / projects in a different environment
  • Handle internal pressure to bring down costs of products through engaging in innovative value addition solutions for products
Essential Skills & Knowledge: Education
  • Possess a BE qualification from a recognized institution, preferably an MBA
Relevant Experience:
  • Minimum 10 – 12 years of experience in sourcing / commercial/ procurement role with at least 5 years of experience in commercial negotiation
Personal Characteristics & Behaviours:
The incumbent must possess and display the following characteristics:
  • Project & Program management skills
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills
  • Decision making
  • Planning & coordination
  • Service focus
  • Persuasion & negotiation skills
  • Analytical thinking
Application Process
Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications on e-mail to:, together with the
latest copy of CV, day time telephone number and details of their current remuneration on or before Wednesday 21st
July 2010.

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