Indirect Procurement - Global Category Leader, Marketing & Communications

Manchester, MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

Ref#: 12345701680

Date published: 30-Jan-2017

Indirect Procurement - Global Category Leader, Marketing & Communications - (1700218)

About Syngenta: Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 employees in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

About This Job - As Global Category Leader you will lead multifunctional/ multinational sourcing teams and projects to achieve contracts, orders and agreements that are aligned with agreed sourcing strategies to deliver maximum value business outcomes and agreed targets, working closely with Procurement Business Partners and internal clients. All Marketing & Communications footprint Categories fit within the leadership of this role (Marketing, Communications, Brand).

Your key responsibilities:

• Responsible for leadership and direct line management of a number of FTEs (typically 2-4) and provision of functional and strategic direction, coaching and motivation to a wider matrix team of regional Category Managers and Business Partners covering a combined portfolio of circa $380mUSD

• Through detailed, expert spend analytics and understanding of the supply market(s) and internal business requirements, develop and deliver Category strategies aligned to achieving business goals. Strategies will incorporate the most efficient use of the various buying channels (Strategic Sourcing, P-Cards, e-catalogues etc)

• Manage compliance with procurement processes regarding e-tendering, Supplier Relationship Management and contract management

• Create and maintain a detailed business focussed Category strategy

• Build strong relationships with, internal clients and the Procurement Business Partner organisation, in order to ensure appropriate strategies are developed

• Leading major negotiations

• Identify and share best practices and develop benchmarks that compare internal purchasing performance to industry best practice

• Develop, maintain and monitor common, efficient, ethical purchasing processes

• Ownership verification & agreement of actual financial performance of the category, including agreement and verification of savings delivery, budget & forecast data

• Act as an Ambassador of the Procurement organisation

• Develops, implements and manages SRM and risk programs appropriate to the requirements of the category

• Directly manage, or ensure management of, all significant contracts     


Essential Knowledge & Experience

• Capability in developing sourcing strategies and leading their implementation

• In depth knowledge of procurement procedures and processes, and solid knowledge of the external trends and best practice.

• Leadership of complex Global sourcing teams and projects

• Ability to develop meaningful performance measures for categories with stakeholders

• Deep knowledge of the relevant supply markets

• Strategy development and implementation

• Development of strategic relationships with suppliers

• Contract management skills

• Ability to influence peers and indirectly managed teams

• Strong communication and presentation competencies

• Strong procurement experience in a global senior procurement role

• Working in a multi-national, multi-cultural environment

• Project team leadership (geographically dispersed and cross-functional with proven results)

• Proven record of success in negotiations with suppliers at high levels


• Degree or equivalent (CIPS)

• Commercial qualification e.g. MBA

Important Additional Information

• Travel up to 30%

• Full time/ Permanent

• Based Manchester

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