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Procurement – Portfolio Category Manager

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Job Ref:  MP67T
Employer:  Sydney Water
Job Type:  Permanent Full Time
Sydney NSW, Australia (Show on map)
  • Help Sydney Water to shape the lifestyle of greater Sydney
  • Develop and manage a high performing Category Management team
  • Parramatta head office location

About us

At Sydney Water, we’re proud to service our communities with some of the best water & wastewater services in the world. We ensure over five million customers have access to safe, high quality drinking water and can enjoy healthy rivers and clean beaches. We’re focused on the future, and work with stakeholders, regulators and the community to make smart business decisions that our customers value. We keep greater Sydney liveable, prosperous & thriving for the future.

Our Finance Services Group is creating a capability uplift both within our Procurement team and across the wider organisation. We seek to increase our ability to deliver standardised and simplified process, leverage the wealth of knowledge and expertise from across the organisation, use deep insights to drive informed decisions and provide expertise in process improvement for various business areas, to create business value.

About the role

As Portfolio Category Manager you will develop and manage multiple related category strategies to ensure value for money, increased levels of service as well as compliance with procedures and professional best practice across the portfolio of spend categories.

Reporting into the CPO / Head of Supply Chain and Property and leading a team of up to 6, you will collaborate across business functions, to lead the development and maintenance of relationships with key suppliers and negotiation of contractual arrangements whilst constantly seeking to identify opportunities for improvement across business units fostering innovation in supply and increasing procurement capability in the team and across Sydney Water.

We are looking to appoint two Portfolio Category Managers, to lead the following portfolio of categories: ‘Operations, Construction & Maintenance’ and ‘Digital, Corporate and Facilities’, driving strategic and commercial outcomes in your portfolio of significant spend base across Sydney Water.

Within this leadership focused position, you will:

  • Lead a high performing Category Management team to deliver category strategies and sourcing projects
  • Understand overall customer needs within the portfolio of categories and lead the development and management of multiple category strategies
  • Build and maintain open and transparent relationships with senior business executives that contribute to mitigating against high level change resistance
  • Lead the development of the supply base strategy within major markets
  • Ensure that all supply market engagement activity is of the highest quality

As a successful applicant, you will have

  • Relevant degree qualification (e.g. Engineering, Business, Supply Chain) or experience deemed equivalent
  • Professional procurement qualification (e.g. MCIPS) and/or Supply Chain qualification (e.g. APICS, MCILT)
  • Experience in strategic sourcing, category management, contract management and SRM in a large complex organisation
  • Proven people leadership experience
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing eProcurement, eSourcing and strategic sourcing implementations
  • Experience in developing detailed Contract Management Plans, KPIs, performance reviews, governance structures, resources, benefits tracking and reporting for significant projects and procurement categories

Please refer to the Position Description attached for further details

We want your perspective and ideas to help us find better ways to delight our customers, so we encourage you to apply no matter your age, sex or culture. You can be part of a committed, highly skilled team who’ll appreciate what you bring to the table.

You’ll set and achieve real goals and make decisions that matter, as together we help shape the lifestyle of greater Sydney.

As part of the application process, Sydney Water will be collecting your personal information to assess your suitability for the role. We will also use your personal information to establish a LiveHire talent profile in our Talent Community. We look at our Talent Community first when new opportunities come up when you apply for a role. Your personal information will be collected in accordance with LiveHire’s TermsPrivacy Policy and Sydney Water’s Privacy Collection Statement – Job Application


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