Category Specialist

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Saudi Arabia
Category Specialist
Non-Academic
The Category Specialist leads low to medium-complexity projects and supports the Category Manager and Customer Relationship Manager on the execution of high-complexity sourcing projects and supplier relationship management, working effectively along with stakeholders and other members of the Procurement team. 
•    Manages and processes Purchase Requisitions, including: order creation (PO), Supplier contact, order tracking, monitor goods/services reception and payment
•    Liaises with Supply Chain team to ensure continuity of the acquisition of goods and services
•    Develop and implement category plans for low to medium complexity categories and contribute to those which are more complex
•    Manages low to medium complexity sourcing projects and delivers agreed business results
•    Supports the Category Manager on the execution of high complexity sourcing projects
•    Advise on a suppliers suitability to fulfil its requirements and to assess its overall suitability
•    Builds strong business relationships with suppliers and identifies opportunities for extending these
•    Develop and implement Supplier management plans for medium complexity categories
•    Operates as a single point of contact for all matters required by small stakeholder groups (e.g. School, Medical Centre, etc.) or projects where assigned by the Customer Relationship Lead
•    Supports the Customer Relationship Lead on the development of category strategies and supplier management activities 
•    Communicates with Customer Relationship Leads and influences effectively project teams and key stakeholders
•    Negotiates all types of agreements and manages negotiation teams
•    Identifies and manages medium impact risks to the category, escalates high impact risks
•    Coaches junior team members to develop new insights from analysis and leading to a deliver solid set of actionable recommendations
•    Accountable for quality and timeliness of critical deliverables and communications
•    Delivers targets and sustainable value for KAUST through managing and supporting sourcing and supplier relationship management initiatives.
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•    Strong written and verbal communication. Able to communicate effectively with mid-level and senior stakeholders
•    Able to determine the actions, risks and end results required in order to get the job done
•    Strong problem solving skills and techniques - able to understand and carry out spend analysis, draw out conclusions and fact-based decision making from this
•    Excellent Knowledge of Procurement processes: Category Planning, Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management and how to apply them in a diverse range of areas
•    Strong desire to understand customer issues as relates to a category and on achieving results which add value for customers
•    Ability to use e-procurement applications and Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
•    Ability to coach members of the Procurement team
•    Ability to lead a project team within their specialism
•    Ability to think about and suggest ideas which add value to the customer through the category offering
•    Ability to plan deliverables, milestone and sign-off points. 
•    Ability to schedule and monitor activities to achieve organizational goals
•    Recognizes when to use different negotiation approaches and builds trusting relationships when resolving conflicts
•    Successfully achieves results through persuasion and confident communication. Develops trust and uses logic, reasoning 
•    Bachelor’s in a relevant subject. Master’s degree preferred.
•    Procurement Qualification is essential (e.g. MCIPS or relevant Masters)
•    A minimum of 6 years of experience in Procurement organizations with at least 3 years applicable experience in managing/leading multiple sourcing projects
•    Fluency in English
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