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Category Lead

Date:  25-Jun-2022
Company:  Air Arabia PJSC (G9)

Sharjah, AE

Country:  AE

Job Purpose

  • To provide an excellent, professional sourcing and procurement service to assigned entities within Air Arabia Group which delivers best value for money, service and quality from the most suitable suppliers.  
  • Act as a middle point between suppliers/vendors on one hand and internal Air Arabia Group management and departments on the other, to ensure satisfactory agreements. 

Key Result Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement procurement strategies to deliver ongoing cost reductions and process simplification. Taking responsibility for financial performance against plan and proactively develop a pipeline of innovative initiatives that reduces Indirect spend.  
  • Draft, evaluate, negotiate contracts, and administer contracts in accordance with company policies and legal requirements.
  • Ensure that signed contracts are communicated to all relevant parties to provide contract visibility and awareness, interpretation to support implementation.
  • Assists in implementing our strategic approach to overall spend, alongside internal stakeholders, advisors, and a wide range of external stakeholders; sets out a clear strategy to Shape & Optimise Cost Categories and keep the strategy updated over time. 
  • Implement supplier management policies to ensure consistent practises and develop strategic supplier relationships.
  • Assist in setting up and maintaining company quality control program 
  • Supervises and handles Stores and Inventory control activities (as assigned) ensuring the adequacy and timeliness availability of needed material and products in accordance with business requirements and quality standards.  
  • Undertakes procurement activities including administration & documentation to deliver best value for money, quality, and security of supply commensurate with customer’s business needs; Ensure the most appropriate procurement processes are applied to meet business needs and transaction costs are minimised 
  • Collates performance data for the Commodity spends into agreed reporting formats; produces Management Information reports and necessary analysis to highlight critical areas, trends, discrepancies, excess, short supply, etc to support management decisions. 
  • Responsible for roll out, coordinating and managing the implementation of Procurement Systems including the user training, technical support, system improvements and user compliance with system utilization and administration. 
  • Carries out procurement research through internal customers, suppliers, and other sources of information to obtain feedback and assessment of procurement activities. 
  • Liaise regularly and collaborate with appropriate members of the Procurement function at Air Arabia Airline Hubs and subsidiary companies (Cozmo, SAS etc.) to ensure consistency of approach 
  • Keep abreast of business developments within Air Arabia affecting areas of responsibility and work closely with business users to understand their current and future business needs 

  • Keep abreast of and anticipate developments within relevant supply markets affecting areas of responsibility within Air Arabia and develop plans to capitalise on them.
  • Keep abreast of current management and procurement techniques and thinking and use and deploy them as appropriate to ensure area of responsibility is at the forefront of modern thinking 
  • Directs, manages and develops the assigned team members to provide a sourcing and procurement service which meets the current and future needs of business users at least cost. 
  • Benchmarking supplier performance and Negotiation.
  • Serves as the point of contact for vendors on contractual legal matters; liaises with internal managers, and vendors to identify and resolve issues. 
  • Drafts, evaluates, contract terms from legal aspects, administers contracts in accordance with company’s policies and legal requirements. 
  • Provides administrative support for all contract management activities such as contract termination, suspension, claims, variations, close-outs and extensions.  

Qualifications (Academic, training, languages)

  • Bachelor Degree in Management or equivalent combined with necessary experience. 
  • MCIPS or equivalent preferred.
  • Have excellent communication skills  
  • Can show a history of career progression and ambition to grow further  
  • Excellent business writing and reporting skills. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Internet and Web Search (Excel advanced level). 
  • Detail oriented, comfortable with numbers, charts and data sheets. 
  • Fluent in English Language (Arabic is a plus). 

Work Experience

  • 5+ years of experience in a procurement/ Purchasing role in any industry handling technical procurement and/or professional services sourcing within a reputable international company or within a demanding.
  • 2 + years of experience in supervising/managing small purchasing team in direct/indirect procurement environment is preferred. 
  • Capable of driving process improvement and internal control in line with adopted standards. 
  • Sourcing and supplier management process skills 
  • Experience in managing and negotiating with key vendors, strategically agile, with strong commercial acumen and exceptional negotiation skills in managing large, complex, preferably service-oriented contracts.
  • Large outsourcing based development contracts in an Airline/Airport environment or other relevant sophisticated blue-chip, service or FMCG organization. 
  • Experienced in initiating and managing contracts of technical nature.  
  • Demonstrates skills in handling financial transactions with accuracy. 
  • Cooperative team player; possesses very good organizing and time management skills. 
  • Capable of preparing/extracting reports from different sources of data and identifying shortages. 
  • Multi-task oriented, responds to multiple assignments easily and promptly. 
  • Organized and demonstrates high attention to details. 
  • Willing to support and provide alternate solutions in ad-hoc scenarios and unplanned situations. 
  • Dependable, self-motivated takes ownership and acts proactively. 
  • Displays energy and enthusiasm. 

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