Senior Advisor Procurement

Task Grade: G15

Area of Specialization: To manage specialized procurement services for the execution of sourcing and procurement strategy, policies, standards and processes in order to source and procure goods and services in terms of the assigned portfolio

Department: Group Commodity Sourcing

Business Unit: Group Commodity Sourcing

Location: South Africa (Gauteng)

Reference Number: 50206314MSM/329-329-1662640

Closing Date: 2014/05/28

Minimum Requirements

B Tech
Preferable (Procurement, Commerce, Law and Engineering) plus 4 Years Sourcing and Procurement or Related Technical Experience
Professional Registration Body: MCIPS preferable

Skills and Competencies

Behavioural skills

Leadership Skills:
Team player
Motivating teams
Developing etc

SAP Materials Management and SRM Modules
Spend analysis
Strategic Commodity/Projects Sourcing Knowledge
Procure-To-Pay Process
Legal knowledge
Financial analysis
Industry and Market Analysis
Commodity and Supplier Profiling (Commodity Management)
Sourcing procurement strategy, formulation and implementation
Negotiation Strategy Development & Implementation
Supplier Relationship Management
Contract Management
Demand Forecasting and Planning
Project Management
Knowledge of NEC Family Contracts
Knowledge of FIDIC contract

Computer Literacy
Strategic thinking & Decision Making
Strong Negotiation skills
Relationship management skills
Strong Analytical skills
Strong Communication skills
Financial Analysis
Total cost of ownership analysis
Ability to work and interact effectively at senior levels

Business Acumen
Strong Ethical Conduct
Problem solving
Leadership skills
Presentation skills
Interpersonal skills

Extensive knowledge in sourcing and procurement processes
Extensive knowledge of SAP Systems
Knowledge of NEC family contracts and/or FIDIC
Strong technical, legal and financial acumen with respect to commercial matters

Key Responsibilities

Implements innovative, mutually beneficial solution based on understanding customers’ needs and expectations
Applies expertise to ensure that operational procurement best practice is implemented within area of influence.
Implements and manages efficient operational procurement processes, policies and procedures
Implements and monitors operational compliance and risk managements
Manages integrated portfolio process from end to end
Optimises co-operation between function to enable customer service excellence
Training, coaching and mentoring to staff to ensure that sourcing and procurement skills are continuously being developed at operational level

If you have not been contacted within 28 days after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

The appointment of the candidate is at the Manager’s sole discretion, taking into account factors which Eskom consider relevant including but not limited to Eskom's Employment & Occupational Equity Policies, Strategies & Guidelines. Also note that Eskom supports a smoke-free environment.

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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