Lafarge Cement Malawi Careers , Deadline 16 June 2017

Lafarge Cement Malawi invites applications from suitably qualified, highly motivated team players and results driven candidates for consideration to fill the following position:

Job Title: Procurement Specialist 

Summary of the Job

Implement Procurement strategies in close cooperation with Category Managers on a local level. Manage the operational and tactical procurement of goods under the following Category Clusters: Packaging, Raw Materials, Production Services, Equipment and Consumables and Logistics Services.

Main Activities / Responsibilities 
  • Manage the operational and tactical Procurement of goods and services categories in accordance with Lafarge Holcim category strategy, as well as applicable policies, procedures and specifications
  • Act as the point of contact between cluster Category Management and operations
  • Drive the realization of savings, supply efficiency, quality, and process improvements in Country, in line with regional and global strategies.
  • Identify saving opportunities and initiate individual projects and initiatives at all operational levels
  • Negotiate in close coordination with Category Management for local volumes, processes, quality levels and prices .
  • Ensure global & local policies and procedures are conveyed to end users in the Procurement of goods and services
  • Align internal decision makers through focused communication
  • Assure compliance with applicable laws, ethical standards, policies and codes of business conduct
  • Ensure locally generated savings are reported as required, and according to category guidelines
  • Manage the buying process for the category clusters mentioned above in line with established cost, quality and delivery targets
  • Provide technical / commercial assistance to internal Users to develop awareness of manufacturing processes and improve product knowledge.
  • Act as a first point of contact for suppliers and provide guidance on the Procurement Process with respect to specifications and budgets.
  • Measure performance through KPI’s according to existing templates (Quarterly, Annually) to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities
  • Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on business operations
  • Research the Supply Market and evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs where possible
  • Negotiate contracts, improved prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilising negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods
  • Initiate and support the RFx process locally as defined by category strategy, and
  • Prepare purchase orders in line with final negotiations with selected suppliers and in line with Business targets and requirements.
Personal Attributes
Level of education / qualifications normally required
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering/Physics/Chemistry or any technical degree with a relevant experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Membership of Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) / Malawi Institute of Procurement (MIPS)
Specific work experience
  • Proven purchasing experience, preferably within a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements
  • Contract management and supplier experience
  • Computer literate, to include advanced Excel skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, results oriented, open-minded, and analytical with a hands-on approach,
  • Strong negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated performance in working within cross-functional teams, with requisite drive and energy to ensure that a challenging benefits and capability building agenda is successfully delivered.
  • Behavioral competencies / Leadership and managerial abilities
  • Good written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively/convincingly at all levels (including technical and operational) and with all functions at least in English and local language
  • Effective time management planning and organization skills; ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and drive tasks to completion in a fixed time-frame and in a pressured environment
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams and build relationships across multiple functions
  • Ability to deal with ambiguities, conflicts and adversarial relationships
  • Excellent negotiation skills Proven ability in analysis and interpretation of data
  • Proven ability to identify problems quickly, make sound judgments, establish and implement solutions
The successful applicants will be provided with a competitive salary, and benefits commensurate with this position. Applications with a detailed CV and three traceable referees should be sent to’

The Human Resources Manager
Lafarge Cement Malawi Limited
P. 0. Box 523

Applications must be received no later than Friday, 16th June, 2017.

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