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Category Specialist

  • Job reference: 924855
  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Oil & Gas, Materials / Logistics / Stores
  • Date posted: 23/04/2019

Our client is currently recruiting for the position of Category Specialist based in Aberdeen.

Responsibilities include:
Undertake (in conjunction with and or with the agreement of the appropriate Category Manager) category assessments to generate innovative opportunities and robust strategic sourcing plans. Ensures value is maximised from the contract negotiation through the whole life cycle of the category.
Working with key internal stakeholders, manage all procurement activity across Operations & Maintenance categories. This includes the creation and implementation of category and/or contract plans that will ensure delivery in line with business objectives, regulatory requirements and the landing of all value negotiated.
Understand the E&P Operations & Maintenance category, market and supply base. Provide leadership and insight for the business on all aspects of market dynamics, regulatory framework, suppliers and technical innovations.
Report changes and updates through proactive governance.
Source and procure a range of goods and services across the Operations & Maintenance categories ensuring optimum value for money within defined service and quality criteria.
Identify opportunities for, lead and evaluate competitive tenders and proposals for the supply of goods and services negotiating with suppliers on all commercial and contractual matters and applying judgement as to what constitutes an acceptable level of contractual risk and supply resilience.
Provide support to the Category Manager in complex negotiations through data, market or other analysis.
Draft, negotiate and obtain agreement to commercial contracts ensuring that operational and commercial risks to business are fully understood and minimised.
Achieve defined improvement to the bottom line and cost saving targets by examining total acquisition costs and working closely with internal stakeholders and suppliers.
Forecast future expenditure patterns within key business segments, developing appropriate strategies to ensure budgeted value improvements are proactively identified and implemented.
Challenge business plans where alternate opportunities exist to deliver higher value outcomes, ensuring all options have been duly evaluated.
Within the Category Management framework, support the Category Manager in the development, building and maintenance of supplier engagement through appraisal and performance monitoring, value analysis, continuous improvement, supplier / supply base development, compliance and demand management.
Coordinate multiple stakeholder interfaces/touch points across the business to ensure a consistent approach.
Ensure compliance to contract terms, both legal and commercial (including value delivery) and management of contractual risk. Agree steps with the Category Manager, and/or stakeholders to ensure remediation or reduction.
Provide an effective overview of supplier performance to contract and support operational teams, if performance issues arise.
Support the Category Manager in resolving contractual and supplier disputes where they occur, protecting the interests of the business at all times. Engage legal team if required and gain remedial/recompense for the business if appropriate.
Consult and provide input to the budgeting process in relation to supplier spend and engage on supplier cost saving initiatives, leading where appropriate.
Challenge requirements and re-negotiate contracts in life and at renewal to optimise value and drive cost savings.
Ensure robust working relationships with any pre-existing business-embedded SRPM functions, creating an efficient and seamless flow of activity between the teams for the projects or categories being managed.

Experience & Qualifications:
Degree educated or appropriate relevant in work experience.
Membership of CIPS (or equivalent).
Experience of E&P Operations & Maintenance category.
Evidence of developing Operations & Maintenance strategies that have delivered HSES, cost or production efficiency value.
Evidence of managing a category through the whole life cycle, ensuring the value created in the negotiation stage hits the bottom line.
Ability to influence stakeholders and manage conflicting views. Effective networking and business partnering skills.
Experience of working in a global matrix organisation.
Confidence and credibility with excellent communication and relationship management skills.
Advanced influencing, persuading and negotiating skills. Ability to present complex ideas/concepts and take a consultative approach with stakeholders and peers.
Advanced skill using MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Contract position

If you feel that you are well suited to the above opportunity and would like to find out more then please contact Orion Group for more information or apply by forwarding your current CV quoting reference 924855.


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