Group Procurement Category Specialist

Functie:
The role of Group Procurement Category Expert Specialist is a creative, (socially) intelligent and curious person who understands data requirements, has demonstrated practical knowledge and expertise in applying statistical models and querying tools to analyze, enrich and validate data from a variety of data sources and platforms in order to deliver tangible results aligned to our business objectives and success, has run small procurement/sourcing initiatives. The position has an international character. The position acts as a liaison between internal customers, different functional groups, different suppliers, procurement buying co-operations and different geographies.

Sector:
Privaat

Dienstverband:
Vast

Specialisme:
International

GROUP PROCUREMENT CATEGORY SPECIALIST

  • Location BME Group – Schiphol-Oost
  • Level Employee
  • Industry Building materials
  • Employment Full-time

The role of Group Procurement Category Expert Specialist is a creative, (socially) intelligent and curious person who understands data requirements, has demonstrated practical knowledge and expertise in applying statistical models and querying tools to analyze, enrich and validate data from a variety of data sources and platforms in order to deliver tangible results aligned to our business objectives and success, has run small procurement/sourcing initiatives. The position has an international character. The position acts as a liaison between internal customers, different functional groups, different suppliers, procurement buying co-operations and different geographies.

The candidate is expected to be a subject matter expert in data extraction, transformation, enrichment, and analytics as well as been able to run smaller procurement/sourcing activities for a specific Group Category.

The candidate is willing to travel frequently within Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland), mostly one- to two-day trips.

Purpose of the Role

As part of the Procurement team and reporting to the Group SVP Procurement, this position will be responsible for:

  • Developing performance and support analytics for procurement programs and projects at European level
  • Extract, transform and analyze data from multiple sources to support Category/Product Management (CM), Sourcing, Fact Based
  • Negotiations, pricing and assortment related initiatives
  • Maintain and support implementation, as well as acting as Super User, Procurement support tools (Sievo, Per Angusta, Bonsai, DUNs, Ecovadis, Dashboards, etcetera)
  • Support Group Category Managers and Operational Companies (OpCo’s) with, but not limited to, analytical capabilities for developing initiatives to increase bottom line performance, adjusted gross margin, execute fact-based negotiations
  • Align purchasing tools and analytics development with business
  • Progress tracking and savings / benefits monitoring of projects and programs
  • Run on behalf of the Group Category Managers and Operational Companies small procurement and sourcing projects
  • Manage the ESG agenda

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

The tasks performed by this position consist of – but are not limited to – the following:

  • Set up spend analytical reports and dashboards according to requirements of individual platforms/OpCo’s
  • Facilitate analysis of historical spend, contracts and bonusses and help identify opportunities to achieve cost reductions
  • Spend time in the business for focused support and to get to know products
  • Build strong and effective relationships with internal customers (OpCo procurement and central team)
  • Work alongside OpCo’s and OpCo procurement teams to deliver business benefit
  • Data collection and analysis:
    • Provide analytical rigor and data extraction expertise to the business
    • Collect, cleanse, enrich and validate data from a variety of data sources, countries and platforms
    • Visualise analysed complex data sets to create useful information to support fact-based negotiations
    • Develop standard reports and tools to evaluate the current performance (sales, % of sales, gross margin, net profitability, spend data, et cetera) of categories, products, suppliers, private labels and brands.
    • Create and deliver presentations of findings, prepare negotiations, support assortment optimisation for internal teams
    • Develop recommendations, put into context analytical findings and quantify their impact for business stakeholders
    • Train local staff in use and interpretation of analysis, reports and tools
  • In collaboration with a Category Manager responsible for carrying out Procurement/Sourcing projects
  • Manage the ESG agenda
  • Processes:
    • Support category teams in setting up transparent business cases for improvement
    • Provide data improvement and performance measures
    • Communicate effectively with team members to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions
  • Program/project support:
    • Ensuring that project plans, business requirements and functional specifications are created, managed and tracked for projects
    • Execute progress tracking and savings/benefits monitoring of procurement excellence initiatives

Key Functional Competencies

  • Detail oriented, analytical, and well organized with the ability to multi-task and prioritize independently
  • Excellent presentation and stakeholder management skills
  • Strong analytical skills to present numbers and findings
  • Pro-active, self-motivated and can work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Positive attitude, team player, strong sense of urgency
  • Professional work ethic and integrity

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required (Master preferred)
  • Minimum of five years relevant working experience
  • Highly proficient in with MS Excel including VBA, reference formulae and PivotTables, and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of SQL and other querying tools such as Oracle, MS Access, and others
  • Proven analytical skills, including statistics tools to structure, develop and interpret models
  • Fluent (both in verbal and writing) in English and German
  • Verbal knowledge of Dutch, Spanish and/or French a strong plus

Location

Based in Schiphol-Oost, the Netherlands with the willingness to travel 20% throughout Europe. This position can also be based in Dortmund, Germany.

Procedure

  1. Interview by Recruiter;
  2. Interviews with Group SVP Procurement;
  3. Interviews with Group Category Manager;
  4. Assessment;
  5. Background and Reference check.