• Bruxelles, Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgique
  • CDI , Plein-temps
  • 12 juin 18

BU Category Lead Buyer

ENGIE Electrabel is the largest energy company in Belgium, where it also aims to become the energy transition leader. We form part of ENGIE, an international player in the energy world. You have the opportunity to progress within the company and fulfil yourself while meeting new challenges. Our opportunity is unique. It is up to you to seize them, regardless of your educational background. Come on and join us. The Support Services provide the company with the help and advice it requires in a variety of fields, such as finance, HR, legal expertise, communications and management.

The ENGIE BU Benelux Procurement function is engaged in a deep Procurement Transformation Plan with the objective to support the BU economical and operational performance growth.
Purpose: As part of this evolution the BU intends to strengthen management of purchasing categories, a key competitiveness factor, by leveraging supplier base at BU and Group level to foster synergies across BU Entities (ENGIE Axima, ENGIE Fabricom, ENGIE Cofely, ENGIE Services NL and Energy Belux within Electrabel).

This will be achieved through a coordinated approach for a dedicated set of key transversal categories with the following objectives:

  • optimization of external spend in line with business needs, by activating all levers (need and spend aggregation, demand management, process and specifications optimization, supplier rationalization,...) aiming at reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) and maximizing competitive advantage
  • steer economic and operational performance of major suppliers in the category

You will be accountable to lead BU category teams to deliver procurement performance for the transversal categories under your responsibility in close coordination with the Group Category Manager, the local Entity Procurement Lead Buyers and Operational User teams.

Your mission

  • you build and manage strong collaborative networks within the BU and communicate with relevant groups, BU and stakeholders to ensure alignment on sourcing activities and strategies for relevant categories
  • you manage the category teams for transversal categories under your responsibility, developing and executing center-led sourcing strategies and coordinating contracting and implementation
  • strategy definition:
  • regular consultations with the group category manager to support them for the definition of group-wide sourcing category policies and procedures (e.g. single sourcing, supplier panels)
  • you define the category profile and opportunities (i.e. spend analysis, analysis of current contract conditions, the consolidation of business needs and specifications and supply market trends) supported by the entity category lead buyers and the operational team members
  • you prepare the go-to market strategy, manage the alignment of specifications across the BU with the category team
  • you present the sourcing strategy to the BU Procurement Board for their approval
  • you execute the supplier consultation in collaboration with the entity category lead buyers
  • you evaluate the results of the go-to-market phase and define the tactics for the following negotiations round in collaboration with the category team members
  • you present the negotiation tactics to the BU Procurement Board for their approval
  • you lead the negotiation team (composed of category team members) in executing the negotiation rounds. You act as “One Voice” to suppliers to leverage group and BU buying power
  • you present a proposal of selected suppliers including associated contract to the BU Procurement Board for their approval
  • you coordinate deal closure with selected suppliers and signs BU Framework agreements
  • you propose approaches as to manage BU contractual volume commitments to suppliers
  • you conduct effective change management with entity stakeholders to support implementation in order to realise value from transversal category initiatives
  • supplier relationship management (SRM):
  • you capture and consolidate the supplier performance evaluation from the entity category lead buyers
  • you take up contact with the supplier to solve contract performance issues that have been escalated by the entity category lead buyers
  • you lead the negotiation team for contract amendments
  • you present proposals for contract breach (in case of continued sub-par supplier performance) to the BU Procurement Board
  • you support the development of suppliers’ KPIs and scorecard and manage the collection of supplier performance data
  • you manage commercial rewards for BU transversal suppliers (BU Framework contract)
  • performance reporting and compliance:
  • you support the development of measurable category objectives and targets, and produce regular reports
  • challenges:
  • yuo conduct effective change management with entity stakeholders to adjust the operation model in order to enable the implementation of BU Benelux strategy for the category (demand management and PO process change to enable spend aggregation (or pooling))
  • you generate short and long term performance value
  • you select optimal supplier base for long term sustainable services and goods
  • you report to the BU Benelux Procurement Transformation Plan Program Lead
  • internal interfaces:
  • Group Category Manager for relevant categories
  • Entity Category Lead Buyers and Entity Category Lead Users (from Operations), Entity Procurement Managers
  • relevant BU stakeholders (BU CPO, CFO, CEO)
  • external interfaces:
  • suppliers and market intelligence agencies

Your profile

  • you have a master degree in engineering, procurement or business
  • you have minimum experience of 10 years in commercial position, operational management, project management, preferably Energy and/or B to B industry
  • you have experience in strategic sourcing or category management (> 6 years)
  • you have experinience in relevant technical categories and multi country implementation of strategies
  • you have experience in supplier performance steering and monitoring
  • you have proven expertise in negotiations and contractual language
  • specific knowledge/skills role specific/business skills:
  • procurement category management processes
  • knowledge of sourcing of technical categories
  • commercial skill set (sales, procurement, negotiation and relationship management)
  • behavioural skills:
  • advanced analytical thinking
  • influencing business and people
  • people management skills:
  • indirect leadership and active delegation
  • communications verbal/oral
  • you are fluent in English and Dutch, additionally French would be an asset
  • business understanding:
  • service to industry (including typical category expertise in relevant categories)
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