Role and Responsibilities
In conjunction with the Category Manager, develop and execute the procurement Category Strategy, including sourcing activities to achieve the overall category strategy in line with company objectives.
For a significant portfolio of Suppliers, Develop, implement and systematically review a supplier category development plan to deliver agreed business objectives utilising Supplier relationship matrix.
Undertake the purchasing process from cradle to grave for all the products within the supplier portfolio in accordance with company procedure and practices to ensure required availability of product at lowest total cost.
Ensure that you maintain accurate SAP master data for your portfolio of suppliers to ensure timely bid responses to meet customer deadlines and to maximise new business winning opportunities and growth.
Preparation and issue of pre-tender and tender documents, Evaluate tenders and determine supplier selection to support Bid development and implementation in support of business growth.
Ability to articulate Unipart Rail business strategy and obtain supplier engagement and buy-in to shared objectives.
Using best practice and UW tools undertake Unipart’s Supplier Engagement meetings to improve business competitiveness and customer service, acting as Supplier Champion for suppliers in own portfolio on the programme.
Manage and develop good supplier relationships identify joint new business winning opportunities to support mutual business growth and implement appropriate supplier agreements.
Effectively communicate and manage Fleet withdrawal impact to Unipart Rail and its suppliers, maximising any ‘last time buy’ opportunities whilst maintaining service levels and availability to customers.
Identify and improve on variations (to plans, partnership programme, etc.) as they arise to ensure the business can direct appropriate corrective action and resources.
Expand on product and market knowledge relating to portfolio of categories and suppliers and become the procurement expert.
Advocate of the Unipart Way and Tools used to deliver CI. Supporting the processes that interface with internal stakeholders.
Excellent communication, relationship and inter-personal skills
Strong data analytical and problem solving skills
Flexible and willing, desire to exceed targets set
Keen to learn all aspects of supply chain Management
Recognised procurement professional or relevant work experience (min 2 years)
Experience of developing and implementing Category strategies and supplier plans
Strong written and oral communication skills
Proven experience of senior level negotiation
Excellent Supplier Development and relationship management skills
Ability to articulate procurement strategy, obtain buy-in and align to suppliers strategy
Experience in managing tenders, bids, including ITTs
Strong commercial acumen
Experience in negotiating, implementing and managing contracts
Effective time and deadline management and prioritization skills
Ability to conduct effective meetings
Ideally Graduate caliber or relevant work experience
Good track record of promoting a team culture and cross functional working
Ability to work independently
Good product and proposition knowledge
Ability to plan and execute plans
Operational procurement awareness
Ability to analyse and present information to senior stakeholders
Good understanding of the rail market, UK and international
Experience of repairable management and the associated processes
Use of MS Project, Procurement Project Management software packages and project management processes
Level 4 Unipart Way