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HUB Category Leader

Location: Dosquebradas, Risaralda, Colombia
Job ID: R0032759
Date Posted: Nov 28, 2023
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Energy
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Mission Statement:
Lead, for the assigned spend, a short and medium-term compliant, resilient and sustain-able sourcing
strategy to meet targets on total cost of ownership and supply performance. Negotiate contracts and
service level agreements in line with factory expectations in order to deliver price, lead time and
Terms & Conditions information and control its usage in the local ERP systems. Define and mandate
Supply Quality and Development team on Supplier Management activities. Collaborate with factories
and BU/GPG/HUB stakeholders to support bidding, design to value (DtV) and R&D activities. Initiate
projects to cut total cost of ownership and/or to mitigate risks. Take the ultimate accountability and approval
authority, and review and assure the quality of the team’s operation in accordance with PG,
BU, and HUB regulations and procedures.
Main Activities:
1. Analytics and Market Intelligence:
• Analyze commodity spend, analyze market dynamics and price developments.
• Compare spend cost development vs market development on total cost of ownership base.
2. Sourcing Activities:
• As a spend owner assess, define, adjust and improve a HUB category strategy and plan (using
CIPS methodology) in line with business needs and the PG procedures and regulations.
Align on the strategy with key stakeholders and communicate on a regular base.
• Execute and deliver on agreed strategy deployment actions and follow-up on responsible
functions and other stakeholders.
• Align and deliver on the HUB category targets for KPIs with focus on cost, quality and timely
• Regularly report on financial performance and supply performance.
• Regularly review the balance of demand vs supply for critical materials. Take measures to se-cure supply vs demand and anticipate related to changes or non-repetitive/new requirements.
• Promote emerging market sourcing activities where it brings additional value.
• Mandate Supply Quality & Development team in their undertaking for supplier issue resolution/hot topics.
3. Negotiation and Contracting:
• Collect detailed factory requirements.
• Run tender/order specific RFx and negotiations where applicable.
• Negotiate spend for selected suppliers. Allocate volume. Sign and monitor Contracts, Frame agreements and Service Level Agreements (SLA).
4. Cost Control Processes:
• Provide input on price trend to BU Commodity Managers for the commodity guideline and to HUB sales bidding processes.
• Distribute market allocation, pricing, lead times, MOQ (If applicable) and Terms & Conditions information to factories Factory SCM and/or relevant responsible person and control its usage in the local ERP systems.
• Improve on tender and project material costing on demand or where appropriate.
• Promote cost breakdown analysis, should costing and run regular benchmarks.
• Have contracts approved and approve PO as per applicable CAT/LAT.
5. Supply Base Management:
• Oversee the supplier relationship with regular review contract execution, supply performance, improvement activities and future. For suppliers in the HUB assign supplier account owner for the majority of the spend.
• Lead supplier qualification for the ones in scope, perform risk assessment. Plan and assign audits to Supply Quality & Development Engineer.
• Based on performance data, evaluate, define and monitor improvement measures for selected suppliers. Organize or ask for resources accordingly.
• Act as resolution owner on escalated topics as mapped in escalation matrix.
• Identify and address performance hot spots and escalate adequately with corrective and preventive measures.
• Manage claims in order to maximize compensation to Hitachi Energy.
• Research and scouting of new supplier with other function (i.e. SQ, Engineering).
6. Projects:
• Work closely with other functions to initiate, promote and support projects execution in order to bring value on total cost of ownership, risk mitigation, quality, cash, lead time, material availability.
• Implementation of material cost cutting and risk mitigation projects, preferably using Dynamic Evolution methodology.
• Execute on forward sourcing. Namely activities for R&D, DTV, New Product Introduction, product cost improvement project. Support technology transfer projects, footprint changes and other agreed improvement measures. Propose and perform make vs buy studies and run SCM implementation.
Additional Responsibilities for HUB Category Team Leader:
1. Tools/Processes:
• Apply and implement SCM standards, tools and processes in the area of responsibility.
2. People Leadership and Development:
• Ensure that the area of responsibility is properly organized, staffed, skilled, and directed (with HRBP support).
• Guide, motivate, and develop direct and indirect subordinates following HR policies, and coordinate talent management and succession planning within assigned area.
• For project implementation, leads the activities between BU categories and factory teams to achieve targets (cost, time, quality).


  • Degree in industrial engineering, business administration or related area.

  • Knowledge of the SCM process at strategic negotiation level.

  • Experience in negotiating prices for delivery times, forecasting consumption in factories.

  • Languages: Native Spanish, Intermediate to high English and Portuguese is the plus.

  • Experience in the logistics chain, SCM in general.

  • Systems: SAP (it is not mandatory) and Excel is essential.

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