Procurement Manager, Freight Category
The incumbent is responsible to work cross functionally to identify areas for improvement and develop solutions that will optimize the overall category while reducing total costs. > Be a central point of expertise and knowledge for assigned categories. > Develop and consistently execute category strategies with category owners. > Analyze category markets and assess risk, gathering intelligence on fundamental conditions and technical information that affects the commodity. > Develop sourcing strategies and category management strategies based on market intelligence gathered. > Oversee RFI, RFP contract development, review processes, and utilize appropriate support tools to enhance sustainable results. > Negotiate and manage key supplier relationships and global supply contracts. > Maintain regular contact with current suppliers and resolve ongoing issues as needed. > Maintain current status of all category contracts and agreements on a continuous basis > Lead cross functional team / Interact cross-functional with all other departments at DFS and serve as an effective and value added service for the entire organization. > Promote continuous improvement/cost reductions on a regular and proactive basis. > Monitor category purchasing reports and ensure compliance with appropriate established policies and procedures on a continuous basis. > Identify and implement streamlined category purchasing processes and supporting tools. > Guide and coach procurement staff on Procurement best practices. > Communicate results to VP Group Procurement and seek upper management support when necessary. > Communicate and coordinate all activities necessary for the implementation of global, divisional and localized contracts. > Manage sourcing technology activities such as, but not limited to: reverse auctions, bid system templates, E-platform development, etc. > Manage suppliers and incorporate the resources of vendors to drive standards. > Monitors performance of supplier (s) against agreed performance criteria.
> Min. 4 years procurement experience in Asia Pacific Role > Diversified background with exposure to and/or experience in freight operations and negotiations, distribution networks and channels, ecommerce distributions, etc. > Strong command of vendor performance management and contract administration > Experience with high-value, high-volume purchasing and contract negotiation experience preferable in retail industry > Experience with developing and implementing successful cost saving initiatives > Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with keen understanding of relevant cost drivers > Demonstrated project management experience > Demonstrated ability to lead teams in achieving or beating challenging goals > Demonstrated ability to manage, develop and coach others > Excellent oral and written communication skills > Procurement systems knowledge is a plus > Excellent Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills. Macros and SQL a plus. > Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Supply Chain or Business