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Senior buyer Strategic sourcing APAC

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Job ID: R0010741
Date Posted: Dec 1, 2022
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail STS Australia Pty Ltd
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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The Group of Strategic Sourcing Indirect team are responsible for the provision of strategic and operational Procurement for assigned materials and services related to e.g. IT, HR, Finance, Marketing, Facilities Management etc. Primary objectives are to:

  • Understand and analyse the business requirements and demand for the assigned categories
  • Develop and implement category strategies
  • Manage Sourcing & Buying of materials and services for Corporate Functions
  • Drive value from group category and supplier management – with a high focus on reducing SG&A costs

As part of this global team, the Senior Buyer of Strategic Sourcing - APAC is responsible for the provision of Sourcing and Buying capability to meet the global and regional business requirements for assigned categories.

The main responsibilities of the Senior Buyer Strategic Sourcing - APAC  are to:

  • Leading and facilitating sourcing projects aimed at identifying cost saving and optimisation opportunities
  • Responsibility for contributing towards developing the appropriate sourcing strategy by utilising best in class sourcing methodologies
  • Collaborating with stakeholders to help them develop specifications, gain quotations and conduct analysis to balance the value of competing bids and make business case based recommendations
  • Supporting the Global Indirect Procurement Management Team and working with suppliers to ensure cost reduction, risk mitigation and to establish robust commercial agreements
  • Leading, co-ordinating and taking responsibility for all day to day operational procurement activities and trouble-shooting, including liaison with end users and other internal stakeholders as required
  • Managing the procurement operations team (P2P/Order placing/requisitions) in terms of prioritisation, development, query resolution and measuring performance to ensure the highest standards of delivery and customer service
  • Resolving any day-to-day end user and supplier operational queries including invoice and payment issues in conjunction with Finance and budget holders as appropriate when escalated from the Team
  • Empowering, mentoring and developing team members to ensure ongoing skills/knowledge growth, succession/resilience planning and self-sufficiency/ownership/responsibility as far as practically possible
  • Overseeing day-to-day order lead-time resolution with the team and internal stakeholders
  • Be a leading example of the Hitachi Rail mission, vision and values
  • Adhere to company and functional policies and procedures

Skills and experience:

  • Minimum 5 years' experience in a similar role within the rail industry.
  • Previous experience in management and buying. 
  • Excellent communication skills - written and verbal. 
  • The ability to work autonomously and within a team environment. 
  • Negotiation and Analytical skills. 
  • Intermediate to advanced MS Office skills.
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