Our client an International Giant requires an experienced Sourcing Executive (Clothing, Footwear and Homeware) to add value and join their dynamic group

The Sourcing Executive will be responsible for establishing and leading an African sourcing office for the Group. The aim will be to develop new sourcing opportunities for Clothing, Footwear, Homeware and General Merchandise in South Africa and Africa, for the independent business units. The new sourcing office will mirror the operations of the already well-established (independent) China sourcing office. The incumbent will be responsible for improving service delivery and unlocking value in the existing local supply base through driving Group scale, synergies and process improvement projects. The successful candidate should have access to a wide network of suppliers in SA and Africa and a strong knowledge of the local market. Knowledge of international sourcing will be advantageous.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic development
Develop, agree and implement a local and African sourcing strategy for the Group
Establish and grow a sourcing office responsible for local (SA) and African sourcing for Group businesses
Perform market analysis and complete data gathering to develop/ support procurement decisions and strategies
Analyse significant, and/or unique contract requirements, special provisions, terms and conditions to ensure compliance with appropriate laws, regulations and corporate policies and procedures
Develop processes, templates, and set performance metrics for sourcing engagements
Develop, implement and manage a strategy around BEE and local Supplier development including programs supported by Government

Build, organize and lead a sourcing team to effectively engage with buyers and suppliers to deliver the required outcomes.
Assume full responsibility for performance, striving for excellence with a desire to be part of a team

Stakeholder Management (internal and external)
Gain an in-depth understanding of the business requirements and design sourcing strategies and actions to service those business requirements
Act as a sourcing agent on behalf of businesses in the group
Negotiate collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders for favourable business and commercial terms on a Group wide basis.
Assist business partners as they manage on-going supplier relationships
Develop, maintain and influence collaborative relationships with Senior Execs
Work with internal subject matter experts (e.g., Legal, Tax, etc.) to create contract structures which maximize the Groups return for current and long-term supplier relationships.
Drive increased value through direct negotiations and other sourcing methods with new and existing suppliers.

Bachelor’s degree in Business or relevant tertiary qualification
7+ years’ experience in direct Sourcing, Procurement and/or Contract Management
Comprehensive knowledge of contract negotiation and sourcing methodologies
Advanced understanding of finance, supply chain, sourcing, and or procurement
Experience in complex contract negotiations, including varied pricing structures, cost plus methodologies and tiered rate cards
Ability to apply business and management principles involved in strategic sourcing
Ability to develop, cultivate and maintain complex working relationships
Clear understanding of principles and strategies for managing large-scale, complex projects using business logic
Ability to anticipate obstacles, challenges, and conduct root cause analysis
Ability to adapt and be flexible in a fast paced complex changing environment
Communicate information in a clear, well-organized and professional manner
Ability to engage & influence at Senior Exec level
Willingness to travel


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