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Head of Procurement - Process & Compliance

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Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45721
Date Posted: Sep 3, 2020
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Supply & Logistics
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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Are you looking for opportunities to utilise your leadership skills and your in-depth procurement knowledge in a global role where you will drive innovation and establish best practice across international locations? We are building our new global Procurement function and this is your opportunity to be at the heart of it. Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

Base Location: UK or Italy

In this exciting new role you will operate as part of the global Governance and Analysis team, which facilitates and supports the planning, execution and improvement of Procurement activities across all Lines of Business (LOB) and Group Procurement teams.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Develop and maintain excellent professional relationships and networks with internal and external stakeholders including LOB and Group Procurement teams, Internal Audit, Corporate Procurement, SHEQ, HR, Suppliers, Consultants etc.  

Develop and maintain a team and/or a network to support the definition of policy and process, audit and risk management processes and people development frameworks for LOB and Group Procurement

Define and maintain group Procurement policies, standards, processes and procedures within the Hitachi GBMS framework to ensure compliance with internal (e.g. Hitachi Corporate, Hitachi Rail etc.) and external requirements as applicable

As “Process Owner” for Procurement, collaborate with LOB and Group Procurement teams to assess current practices and develop phased plan to define global processes and standards for Category Management, Sourcing and Contracting, Supplier Qualification and Management, and Purchase to Pay

Define and maintain a global risk management process for Procurement to identify, report and mitigate supply chain related risks for the Procurement function 

Co-ordinate and support Audit, Risk and Compliance activities and plans for the Procurement function

Support the definition of Procurement roles, skills and competencies, learning and development and career development frameworks to improve the capability and opportunities for growth for people in the Procurement function, in collaboration with HR

Lead and coordinate the development of group content for the Hitachi Rail External Website and COSMO for Procurement, in collaboration with Communication departments

Coordinate the development of Procurement’s Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda and plans and facilitate networking to collaborate and integrate with Hitachi Corporate and relevant eternal activities 

Lead Group Procurement initiatives (as assigned) to support LOB and Group Procurement priorities and plans  

Contribute to the assessment of Group-level opportunities for Procurement & Supply Chain optimisation

Manage the performance of direct reports (if applicable) conducting regular 1:1 meetings, coaching and mentoring personal development, and provide constructive feedback through appraisals.


About you

Experienced procurement practitioner with the knowledge of category management, strategic sourcing, supplier and contract lifecycle management processes in a global business environment

Experience of global Procurement Process Management including the design, documentation and management of policies, processes and procedures

Experience of the definition of procurement roles, skills and competencies, learning and development programmes, career pathways etc.

Experience of audit, risk and compliance management

Experience with managing suppliers and consultants

Experience of leading and developing cross-functional project teams. 

Strong analytical skills and action focussed to capitalise on identified opportunities

Strong commercial acumen and data presentation skills with an ability to influence and persuade stakeholders

Excellent knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft office packages


Educated to degree level or equivalent experience

Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), or Institute of Supply Management (CPSM, or CPM) or another appropriate professional institute or relevant experience.

Why Hitachi Rail?

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

We offer a competitive salary and annual leave entitlement as well as a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme, health insurance, and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

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