Develop and implement effective procurement strategies that align with the company's business goals and the specific demands of supermarket discount stores in Africa.
Stay informed about market trends, supplier landscapes, and global trade dynamics to optimize procurement processes.
Team Management and Leadership:
Lead and mentor a team of 5 purchasers, ensuring they are effectively trained and equipped to handle international purchasing tasks. Foster a collaborative team environment while setting clear goals and performance expectations.
Supplier Relationship Management:
Establish and maintain strong relationships with international suppliers, negotiating favorable terms and ensuring quality standards are met. Regularly assess and manage supplier performance to ensure continuous supply and risk mitigation.
Coordination with Finance and Shipping Departments:
Work alongside shipping technicians to ensure efficient consolidation of products into containers and oversee logistics for timely shipments to Africa.
Quality Control and Compliance:
Ensure all purchased products meet the required quality standards and comply with both international regulations and client-specific requirements.
Crisis Management and Problem Solving:
Proactively identify potential procurement challenges or disruptions and develop contingency plans to address them.
Utilize strong problem-solving skills to handle unexpected issues swiftly and efficiently.
Strong leadership and team management abilities.
Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
Proficiency in procurement software and tools.
Flexibility and adaptability in a dynamic international business environment.
Detail-oriented, with a strong focus on quality and accuracy.
Proactive and self-motivated.
Able to handle pressure and meet tight deadlines.
Culturally sensitive and capable of working in a diverse international business setting.
10+ years of experience handling the purchase department with procuring goods internationally.
Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, or a related field. Advanced degrees or certifications in procurement, logistics, or international trade would be advantageous.
Extensive experience in managing a purchasing office or purchasing central, specifically in the food products sector.
Proven track record of dealing with supermarket chains and understanding their specific needs and operational protocols.
Expertise in international procurement, with a solid understanding of global supply chains and international trade regulations.
Experience in working with financial teams and shipping technicians, though not directly managing these roles.
Excellent negotiation and communication skills.
Nationality Preference: Europeans / Filipino
Age range: 37 – 45 years
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