Procurement Manager

  • King Fahd Rd, Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Full-time

Company Description

Informa PLC is a leading international events, intelligence and scholarly research group.

Our purpose is to champion the specialist. Through hundreds of powerful brands we work with businesses and professionals in specialist markets, providing the connections, intelligence and opportunities that help customers grow, do business, make breakthroughs and take better informed decisions. Informa is listed on London Stock Exchange and a member of FTSE 100, with over 11,000 colleagues working in more than 30 countries.

Job Description

The Role

Predominantly focusing on Event-related costs but supporting management in other Direct Cost Categories the Senior Procurement Manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations for Informa Saudi Arabia procurement strategy.  Working with senior management they will pro-actively identify innovative cost saving and value adding initiatives and be responsible for delivering against them.  They will provide commercial leadership aimed at reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of categories, products and services purchased by the local business. They will need to have the ability to gain credibility with internal stakeholders and persuade people to change and/or adhere to an agreed strategic approach. They will also be required to provide their support to the procurement strategy in other location where Informa operates in the Middle East, such as Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

§  Use deep spend data analysis, business insight and market research to identify savings and added value opportunities across multiple categories of spend.

§  Liaising with internal stakeholders to investigate opportunities to lower the TCO of strategic categories.

§  Developing and project managing the execution of category plans.

§  Acting as the interface between internal stakeholders and suppliers.

§  Gather market insight and business knowledge to build strategies and undertake effective negotiations for key category contracts.

§  Build best practice guides for key spend categories and work with business leaders to share knowledge and enable effective local negotiations.

§  Support the business through the RFP process in respect of acquisitioning of various products and services including drafting RFP documents, managing the tender process, collating and recommending decisions based on multiple criteria including TCO and quality, and leading or supporting on negotiation.

§  Develop relationships with key stakeholders, including the Regional Executive VP - MEA

General Manager, Group Directors, Marketing and Operation leads in the Division to facilitate category planning and supplier feedback.

§  Communicate and help the business to adapt to procurement policy changes, new processes, and best practice.

§  Function as the primary Procurement contact for Informa Saudi Arabia.

§  Defining supplier performance / productivity improvement criteria and measures and work with internal stakeholders and key suppliers to continuously improve delivery performance.


Qualifications / Experience

  • Recognised degree in Business or Financial subjects is desirable.
  • Advanced experience in an operational or supplier management role.
  • In-depth knowledge of sourcing principles and best practices.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills, including experience of negotiating high-value contracts.
  • Solid operational management and general business skills.
  •  Excellent communication and influencing skills, capable of building trust and credibility with stakeholders.  Strong written and oral skills.
  • Working knowledge of finance and/or accounting in terms of budgeting, cost. management, financial accounting, treasury, risk management, etc.
  • Familiarity with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, as well as understanding of standard contractual terms and conditions to mitigate legal risk.
  • Strategic mindset and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of enterprise risk management and business continuity planning
  • Analytical mindset
  • Knowledge of sourcing to contract management tools (i.e. Coupa) would be advantageous.
  • Exposure to the Events Industry Supply Chain would be advantageous.
  • Language: English and Arabic (must)
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