APAC Container Category Purchasing Manager
The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
The PositionAPAC Container Category Purchasing Manager
This role will be responsible for strategic purchasing of container freight including merchant haulage within the APAC region and will be part of the Global Container Category Team and reports to the Global Container Category Manager based in Belgium.
Key Tasks and responsibilities :
Contribute in defining and implementing the Container Purchasing Strategy that best serves Imerys global needs for short and long term.
Deliver the planned savings for the APAC Container Category
Ensure to have a full and complete overview of all Imerys APAC container shipping activity, enabling the function to design the required strategy and to approach the market as one unified and strong shipper with the objective of cost savings
Identify, quantify and pursue opportunities for cost savings or operational improvements and manage them on a project basis until completion and validation of the captured savings.
Actively contribute to the alignment across the Global Container Purchasing team implementing common methodology, sharing best practises and secure continuity.
Contribute in defining a common process of performance assessment for the category and report results periodically
Be a supportive but also challenging business partner and source of related knowledge for Imerys internal stakeholders, predominantly in the Supply Chain Teams, define common goals and provide and seek support for improvement projects
Setup a process of establishing detailed and tailor made SLA’s with the Imerys internal container shipping operations defining the applicable way of cooperation on operational level
Be the local Imerys representative facing shipping lines or shipping industry bodies and maintain a supplier management process
Maintain a relationship with the Imerys forwarding agents and ensure the proper application of the negotiated conditions.
Active participation in the Merchant Haulage negotiations of your scope.
Consult in logistics-related areas, such as warehousing, intermodal transport, cost-to-serve modeling, TMS, software support, etc.
Drive on-going improvements with major providers through Supplier Relationship Management process (SRM), including periodic meetings which include problem solving, cost reduction, maintenance objectives, plant shutdown support, etc.
Collaborate directly with the business Supply Chain, Operations leadership, legal and teams to optimize overall logistics costs to the plants.
Act as a pulse check and voice of the internal customer (site manager/operations/supply chain leaders) to the ongoing category management approach of the Transportation category.
Develop key regional supplier relationship management (SRM) program under the umbrella of global Purchasing SRM program, ensuring integration of these programs with the Business Area priorities.
Manage associated regional contracts, price & service negotiations and application/control, periodic contract review (to quantify supplier performance)
Contribute to budget calculations for the team.
Solid experience in Purchasing or Supply Chain, in particular Container Shipping Business and related activities in an international business environment (5 year +)
Expertise in purchasing within the broad transportation sector in the APAC region, with an industrial emphasis; understanding transportation needs.
Experience in leading regional projects based on category management concepts and group purchasing approach desired.
Experienced negotiator with providers for ocean container transportation
Excellent, demonstrated collaboration and relationship-building skills required; relationships will be extensive.
Strong communication skills towards internal and external stakeholders.
Team player with a global interest in container related transportation.
Ability to collaborate with strong, defined technical resources, engineers and leaders, as well as plant operations leader
Strong project management skills
Proven experience in planning and leading negotiations
Highly motivated & results focused with the ability to act with a high sense of urgency
Ability to operate and execute effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and challenging deadlines
Thorough knowledge of the formalities and processes of the Container Shipping industry
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Purchasing, Supply Chain (or related field) required.
Knowledge of SAP is a plus.
English fluently, other languages are more than welcome.
Position TypeFull time
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