In this position, you will provide procurement leadership, strategic direction and tactical delivery of procurement activities and projects across several SMAP category areas, namely Media, Creative, Production, and Digital Agencies.
You will be expected to:
Utilizing previous experience, identify and deliver positively disruptive, agile procurement solutions, resulting in auditable incremental value creation which you will report to the business, through a highly collaborative approach with both local and global stakeholders.
To be identified/seen as, the regional Agency procurement specialist across the business, ensuring that credible relationships evolve and develop to roadmap and deliver continuous improvement, innovation and value creation.
Define and implement regional sourcing action plans in line with global/regional strategies, through sharing, co-creation and continuous improvement to maximize all opportunities for increased value creation in your segment and across the team.
Negotiating commercials, and contract terms together with legal affairs, with some of the region’s most important vendors, whilst protecting brand reputation and mitigating risk.
Proactively managing spend data, PO Compliance, Payment term adoption, and escalating operational issues across the business where identified or optimization opportunities exist.
Understand and leverage the external supply market (in terms of cost reduction, innovation and new solutions, improved ways of working) to the benefit of the UK Region.
Supporting the regional IP leadership team in ongoing Procurement transformation projects
Being an active member of the UK regional team, embracing a high touch engagement always.
Representing the Procurement function as an ELC ambassador
Lead and collaborate from your seat to ensure that the key Procurement and UK regional business objectives are aligned and deliver according to the pre-set goals and live sourcing strategies.
Independently develop the procurement business agenda across collateral/brand facing spend activities, in line with the department and regions goals, to ensure that a proactive, collaborative stakeholder buy-in develops, and that your personal relationship/credibility is utilized to enable procurement to lead a positively disruptive, agile and effective business projects.
Lead cross Brand/Function Supplier negotiations to ensure best overall cost position for the Organization for assigned commodities. Negotiate, develop and approve contracts, agreements, supplier direction and business awards.
Responsibility for the overall strategic supplier relationship to insure a collaborative working relationship throughout the ELC regional and global Brands and Functions
Maintain and provide a current understanding of industry best practices and technology trends to team members and business partners
Develop and lead the strategy evolution to mitigate Supplier risks within the assigned area of responsibility
Utilize the tools, and processes to optimize sourcing, supplier activities, and efficiencies. Work collaboratively with team members to prioritize and drive implementation
Support sustainability efforts within assigned commodities
In collaboration with the innovation groups, evaluate supplier capabilities and establish sources for new technologies and markets as dictated by business requirements
Previous experience in a relevant area such as supply chain, procurement, technology, marketing or business & administration.
Professional procurement and procurement certification preferred but not essential.
Directly related experience either in a corporate branded environment addressing SMAP indirect categories/procurement projects, or from an FMCG marketing department with specific Agency engagement experience, or even a media/digital agency itself.
Demonstrated successful results in managing and leading and/or engaging in strategic procurement activities.
Proven ability to lead internal and external teams to ensure successful and professional procurement activities.
Basic experience of managing change processes.
High level of interpersonal and negotiation skills.
Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems using data from various sources.
Diplomacy with strong listening and analyzing skills.
Good oral and written communication and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate.
Confidence in developing relationships and presenting to c-suite executives.
Advanced EXCEL skills (confidence with large data files)
An advantage would be to have an SAP/SRM, SAP/Ariba experience, and basic understanding of the P2P process.