Safaricom Limited Principal Category Sourcing Officer Jobs career in Kenya 2013

Safaricom Limited is the leading mobile telecommunications company in Kenya.
We are at the forefront of the industry and always seek to attract and retain talented, creative and innovative team players who are excited by the opportunity of pushing the frontiers of this evolving technology, growing our services, exciting our customers and contributing to our community.
At Safaricom, we take pride in our talent and develop them to realize their maximum potential!
Principal Category Sourcing Officer


Reporting to Senior Manager-Purchasing, 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

  • Define, implement and manage the entire category sourcing strategy and align it to the overall Business Strategy;
  • Develop  and maintain category sourcing framework that defines specific items parameters;
  • Identify and analyze initiatives for projected savings (jointly with user departments and suppliers);
  • Provide business strategy support & Value Delivery through fulfillment of immediate business Strategic requirements;
  • Enhance internal customer self service and building internal customer relationships;
  • Manage contracted vendors relationships development through structured a  framework;
  • Drive compliance and Risk Management through ISO Audits, process/procedure reengineering, analysis/ reviews and adherence to regulatory requirements;
  • Conduct Business Continuity Management for strategic supplies through self assessment and audits;
  • Negotiate and close sourcing agreements /contracts with suppliers;
  • Maintain supply market awareness, intelligence and related trends in order to assess present and future category items availability;
  • Development, maintenance ,verification and updating of information in  master database;
  • Optimization of Procurement to Pay process through development and implementation of business improvement;
  • Develop and fully implement supplier catalogues/pricelists /source lists within the ERP system.
Minimum requirements
  • Degree in Technology, Engineering, Business or similar qualification;
  • Post Graduate Diploma Qualification in Supply Chain Management (CIPS);
  • At least 8 years experience in procurement with (two year of which should be in category sourcing management;
  • Excellent understanding of category sourcing strategies, prequalification and vetting of suppliers, development of tender documentation and tendering processes, procurement performance management tools, skills in management of suppliers performance, international sourcing/ commercial relationships and supply contract management;
  • Very Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Team player with excellent influencing skills;
  • High level of Initiative and self-drive;
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills;
  • Very strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain relationship with all stake holders.
If you feel that you are up to the challenge and posses the necessary qualification and experience please send your resume and application letter indicating 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 Monday the 4th  March 2013.

The Senior Manager – Talent Acquisition
Safaricom Ltd

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