Transnet Senior Category Specialist job opportunity

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Operating Division : Transnet Corporate Centre
Position Title : Senior Category Specialist
Employee Group : Permanent
Department : Supply Chain
Location : Johannesburg
Reporting To : Category Mgmt Manager- ICT
Grade Level : E
Reference Number : 6004205
Position Purpose:
Provide thought leadership for developing Group-Wide category strategies across different operating divisions.
Compile the groupwide category strategy inclusive of all commodities in the category and lead the implementation of the
transversal strategic sourcing initiatives within subcategory, including running the tender process and collating pack for
adjudication evaluation and communicating award decision
Develop all the enabling tools for the category such the cost modelling techniques, de-construction of cost structures and the
category procurement index model.
Continuously identify cost saving initiatives for the Transversal categories and facilitate the groupwide implementation of the
Compile the negotiation strategy and tactics for the category procurement events.
Position outputs:
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Role Overview
•Provide expert support to subcategory management teams at group and all ODs for the specific categories to create a
‘fact-based’ decision making approach by leveraging all available data sources.
•Develop supplier market analysis protocols and perform supplier base assessment and visit as part of the extended Supply
market analysis.
Develop and compile category sourcing plans for the group
•Implementation and continuous adaptation of category. intelligence database and templates for dynamic cost models for the
different subcategories to achieve best TCO alternatives.
•Responsible for assisting in all aspects of the groupwide subcategory management process for all ODs, including but not
limited to developing category strategies, monitoring performance and compliance, managing communications, and
developing joint process improvement opportunities with all OD stakeholders.
•Provide regular insights to all stakeholders in ODs pertaining to developments in supply markets ad and assumptions and
future trends of the category.
•Establishing category and subcategory cross-functional teams and subject matter expert (SME) technical forums for the
transversal categories and associated commodities forums.
•Developing the stakeholder management strategy for the category and incorporating the Supplier Relationship Management
(SRM) Facilitate and coordinate supplier relationships leveraging internal subcategory and supplier expertise to create a
“healthy” interaction.
•Provide coaching and training for other category specialist
•Keeping all subcategory stakeholders abreast with relevant industry trends and developments.
Research / Analysis
•Assist Category Manager to analyse and report on supplier performance Provide analytical support for new targets and
Category Management Support
•Drive category strategy / execution across the Procurement process.
•Support on analytics as required to drive strategy in the subcategory, development of fact-based packs leading up to
negotiations and contracting processes (cost models, cost drivers, should cost and TCO).
•Assist in internal process improvement efforts for plan creation and facilitation of results Support development of change
management plans and communication plans.
Qualifications & Experience:
Qualifications, Experience & Inherent Job Requirements
•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in relevant field MBA or related postgraduate qualification advantageous.
•8-12 years of related operational category management/strategic sourcing experience.
•PFMA, PPPFA and public sector Procurement experience.
•Category specific operations experience (ICT, Engineering, Maintenance, etc) will be advantageous.
•MCIPS certification will be advantageous.
Standard Job Requirements
•Driver’s license code 08.
•Travel as required and approved.
Behavioural Competencies:
Strategy & Sustainability
•Strategic Thinking
Formulates strategies and business plans to achieve the overall organisations direction
•Commercial Awareness
Keeps abreast of internal and external factors that can impact the business
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Generates new ideas or solutions by thinking “outside of the box”; reviews current processes or systems and identifies ways
to optimise them
Inspirational Leadership
•Inspiring People
Leads by example Inspires, motivates and empowers team members to do their best.
•Managing Talent
Provides clear direction and sets performance standards/requirements for the team.
•Leading Change
Leads and directs change initiatives
•Embracing Diversity
Leads and promotes equal opportunity and has an appreciation for diversity in the workplace.
Business Performance and Delivery
•Lead Business Performance
Leads the business to be more efficient and effective
•Strategic Decision Making
Is decisive and takes full accountability for decisions.
•Business Acumen
Understands and deal with various business situation using obtained knowledge and a broad spectrum of expertise.
Thinks in a systemic way but is open to new approaches.
Relationship Management
•Communicating Effectively
Communicates the business strategy and objectives in a clear and manner.
•Collaborating and Networking
Build wide and effective relationships with people inside and outside of the organisation to help achieve the organisations
goals and objectives.
•Service Orientated
Leads by example; strives for a customer centric culture where everyone acts with the customer in mind.
•Persuading and Influencing
Is able to persuade and influence those around him/her for the benefit of achieving the organisations/department goals and
objectives. Identifies and influences key decision makers using strong persuasive techniques and creates a strong personal
impression that leads to buy in from others
Corporate Governance & Compliance
•Leading Governance
Always work in the best interest of the organisation and aligns business practices to the ethical obligations and good
corporate governance.
•Leading Safety Practice
Leads safety practices by communicating, enforcing and supporting all safety standards and activities.
•Leading Risk Management
Identifies areas of risks and implements corrective actions to mitigate the impact of risks to ensure overall sustainability
Personal Mastery
•Learning and Applying Expertise
Dedicated to continuous learning and self-improvement
Manages pressure effectively and copes well with criticism and setbacks
•Emotional Intelligence
Is aware of own leadership styles and is able to adapt style to enhance team and business performance
•Vigour & Personal Drive
Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm. Works hard and shows energy and persistence to achieve high
quality results. Is a role model for others who strive for personal excellence
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