Strategic Purchaser

December 20, 2022

Job Description

  • Lagos

Wartsila Marine and Power Services Nigeria Limited

Wartsila is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world.
We are recruiting a suitable candidate to join our team in the position below:
Job Title: Strategic Purchaser
Location: Lagos
Job Description

Wärtsila Indirect Purchasing ensures the highest commercial value with stakeholders and suppliers professionally and promptly in 78 Wärtsila countries currently.
These 78 countries are divided to 5 regions, each region managed by IP Regional Manager, who is reporting directly to global GM, IP Country Management.
To enhance the total value procured from the category’s supply base by driving standardization, consolidation, leverage, and optimization across key categories in the region.
Currently, in our Africa Region we need to recruit a Strategic Purchaser to be based in one of our key business locations with the following key responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Drive for long-term benefits on “Total Value of Ownership”.
Design category-based initiatives and implementation plans in alignment with the stakeholders and Business strategy and support Business to meet its growth objectives.
Perform stakeholder need analysis, standardize regular and frequent needs, and drive for better demand planning by stakeholders.  
Perform market and trends analyses.
Partner with the relevant stakeholders to instil cost savings, operational and process improvement practices.
Negotiate contracts and achieve cost savings from vendors. Strive for world-class procurement, best practices, elevated use of WeBuy, and other IP tools. Drive supplier performance and continuous improvement programs.
Review discrepancies in supplier performance and cost competitiveness.
Initiate process changes to optimize costs including acquisition from new suppliers and consolidation of spend.
Manage relationships with stakeholders to become a trusted advisor.
Lead and implement WeBuy supplier catalog improvements to support further productivity improvement and cost reductions.
Engage in continual communication and end-user training initiatives to drive the message of compliance.

Strategy and Operational Excellence:

Identify sourcing needs and implement appropriate strategic sourcing process with relevant stakeholders and independently.
Lead analysis of the market and competitive conditions and provide input to category manager, IP Regional Manager, and internal stakeholder  
Design and implement tactical action steps to execute strategy on assigned indirect category/sub-category
Manage supplier base. Leverage spend across sub-region and region if appropriate
Identify opportunities for consolidation of spend.
Design and implement strategies to expand the solution footprint to other categories, geographies, and suppliers
Identify cost and process improvement opportunities
Coordinate strategic work with category manager and procurement center manager Acts as a key user to WeBuy and other Indirect Purchasing tools in collaboration with Wartsila Shared Services Center.

Supplier Relationship Management:

Manage sourcing process, content, and results in alignment with the company’s purchasing directives
Perform supplier stability assessment,  
Select, prepare, and execute agreements, Non Disclosure Agreements, SLA’s (Service Level Agreements), Data Protection Act, and related documentation.  
Manage and enhance the relationship with Key or selected suppliers in an innovative way to maximize value
Develops world-class supplier relationships to ensure that maximum value is delivered to the business.
Monitor compliance of purchasing directives, and escalate non-compliance to appropriate managers/directors for further guidance and appropriate remedial action
Follow up and analyze supplier performance via Supplier Relationship Management and Vendor Management System, implementing the preventive and corrective action plan for low-performance suppliers
WeBuy Catalog creation, implementation, updating, and improvements, together with WSSC IP OP.

Relationship Management:

Manage relationships with key stakeholders to develop and implement effective sourcing strategies for the assigned categories to ensure the quality of supply and improved value to the company.
Build strong rapport with stakeholders and local Key suppliers
Collaborate closely with stakeholders to ensure understanding and compliance with purchasing directives and strategies Control and escalate recurring urgencies with internal stakeholder requests
Collaborate with Category Managers, IP Regional, and IP Sub Regional Manager, Wartsila Shared Services Center (WSSC) Operative purchasing team.

Indirect Purchasing KPIs
Responsible for IP KPIs and PPIs in the assigned category, in collaboration with Wartsila Shared Services Center Indirect Purchasing, such as:

WeBuy PO Coverage 
Contract coverage  
VMS Supplier Rating  
Payment Days
PO Coverage (PPI)
DPA/ECMC coverage (PPI)
Number of vendors (PPI)  
Define and implement necessary corrective actions as needed.

To be successful in this role, we expect you to have:

Degree in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, or equivalent combination of education with relevant experience.
Knowledge of English is compulsory
Member of a Professional Body
In-depth knowledge of IP Tools (SAP, WeBuy, PowerBI, and M-Files)
5+ years of progressive experience in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
Knowledge of best practices within Supply Chain and Purchasing
Innovative,  Self-driven, and results-oriented
The ability to deal with senior stakeholders and difficult situations outside one’s comfort zone
Global outlook and exposure to different challenges, cultures, and ways of working.

Application Closing Date
29th December, 2022.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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