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Category Manager Job in Kenya


Category Manager

Ref: CM-Fin-May -2011

Reporting to Senior Manager-Purchasing, within the Finance Division, the job holder will effectively manage the purchasing cycle, ensuring that procurement policies and procedures are complied with, negotiating and managing supplier contracts and end-to-end tendering process as well as ensuring that in all circumstances, Safaricom secures the best service/product for the best economical price within the outsourced services.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide support in Category sourcing strategy development, supply base rationalization and implementation.
  • Perform / support contract analysis and risk evaluation; cost reduction; pricing analysis; and target price evaluation/negotiation for outsourced services.
  • Negotiate and facilitate implementation of long term agreements and / or partnerships.
  • Maintain knowledge database of supplier’s markets, sub-categories, capabilities, technology, cost analysis and key performance indicators.
  • Develop and fully implement long term supply agreements for key strategic high value items and services.
  • Drive category Management within supply chain with emphasis on category buying
  • Ensure harmonization of prices of goods and services procured by the company from various suppliers at different times.
  • Monitor the performance of suppliers to ensure they deliver quality goods & services as per contract/Purchase Order.
  • Evaluate suppliers to ensure consistently high performance and value-addition.
  • Ensure contract renewal/tendering processes is started at least 2 months before expiry of the current one.
Minimum Requirements
  • Degree in Technology, Engineering, Business or similar qualification with at least a Graduate Diploma Qualification in Supply chain management.
  • At least 5 years experience in procurement with responsibility for purchasing processes incorporating category sourcing strategy development, tender documentation and tendering process, tender analysis and procurement performance management.
  • Excellent understanding of category sourcing strategies.
  • Excellent skills in development of tender documentation and tendering processes.
  • Excellent understanding of procurement performance management tools.
  • Excellent understanding of international sourcing and international commercial relationships.
  • Good skills in managing a procurement process within an ERP environment.
  • Computer literate, proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated drive and result orientation.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to influence and make decisions.
  • A proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
If you feel that you are up to the challenge and possess the necessary qualification and experience please send your resume and application letter.

Please indicate your experience and why you are the most suitable candidate for the role clearly quoting the job title to the address below.

The deadline for application is 27th May 2011.

The Senior Manager; Talent Acquisition,
Safaricom Ltd

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