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Strategic Buyer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Job Title: Strategic Buyer
Report to: Head of Material Management
Industry: Manufacturing
Location: Nairobi
Salary: Competitive

Our client is an international company that develops and manufactures machines and complete lines for the fields of process, filling and packaging technology. 

They are looking to fill the position of a Material Resource Planner and Buyer to be responsible for and manage purchasing, materials requirements planning, supplier relationship management, product life cycle and service design, among other things.

Job purpose:
 The Material Resource Planner & Buyer will contribute to the organizational goals by handling/supporting contract/tender process requirements relating to services and technical specifications awarding contracts, coordinating service requirements, financial costing/budgeting, technical clarification and internal and external purchasing orders. 

The person will be in-charge of material planning, stock take, analyzing KPI’s and optimizing inventory level of stores.  

Key responsibilities & accountabilities
  • The person will be responsible for the technical aspects of manufacturing, quality requirements and alternative supply of spare part components.
  • Experience in the procurement of complete line machinery, and its spare parts is an added advantage
  • Maintain supplier contract management; Confidentiality Contracts, Local SLA’s, Global Agreements and Tender handling obligations, continuously improving, implementing and functionality thereof. 
  • Implement controls and overall responsibility of transparent and fair tender awarding.
  • Soliciting competitive offers through requests for proposals, requests for quotations and requests for information in adherence with company policy and processes.
  • Maintaining and sourcing a suitable and diverse pool of suppliers.
  • Monitor expenditures of high value purchases ensuring processes and authorizations are adhered to.
  • Place purchase orders with allocated suppliers (local and international) for both stocked items and ad-hoc purchases as required;
  • Assist to expedite overdue orders and follow up on urgent orders
  • Assist LCS coordinators, warehouse, accounts and service departments with queries, follow up and provide the relevant feedback; 
  • Update and data capture information into the ERP system as required.
  • In-charge of stock take, ensure that stock take is timely and accurately done 
  • Update and define stock parts in combination with setting reorder points and safety stock, Optimize optimal levels in stores 
  • Create reports for KPI’s; analyses the KPI and take an appropriate action
Role specific skills & attributes
Knowledge and experience
  • Financial management skills (including project management, stores/warehousing, materials distribution) Exposure to multi-disciplinary complex projects
  • Knowledge of contracts and tendering processes
  • Knowledge of complete line machinery procurement and its spare parts is an added advantage
  • Understand technical drawings and plant layouts/plans in all various disciplines and scopes of work  
  • Solid problem solving skills and ability to focus both strategically and tactically to achieve business goals
Qualifications and education required
  • Degree in purchasing
  • 3 – 5 years technical purchasing and contracts experience
  • Very good negotiation skills
  • Experience in the beverage industry
Personal behaviors / competencies 
  • Self-motivated, independent, solution orientated, deadline driven individual with strong time management skills
  • Strong analytical ability, attention to detail and strategic thinker
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills – internal, external, team builder and participant
  • Compliance to work processes and procedures
Communication Skills
  • Strong communication skills in English (speak, read and write)
  • Able to communicate in German (Advantage.)
Computer Skills
  • MS Office 2010 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • SAP
Management Ability
  • Ability to work in a high volume, highly pressurized and intense working environment
  • Solution orientated and results driven
  • Professional liaison with all levels of management and technical customers both internally and externally
If you are up to the challenge, posses the necessary qualification and experience, please send your CV only quoting the job title on the email subject (Strategic Buyer) before Friday 29th May, 2015

Kindly indicate current/last salary on your CV

N.B: We do not charge any fee for receiving your CV or for interviewing

Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

The Recruiting Manager
Corporate staffing Services
Nabui House, 3rd floor, Westlands.

(Next to Unga House)

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