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Job Title: Global Procurement Associate
Seeking an exceptional professional to save money across the organization, reinforce controls environment, build team capacity and drive execution excellence in our procurement operations. 
Job Description
The Global Procurement teams are ible for over $5M in spending each year across over 12,000 transactions and are responsible for all operational goods and service purchasing on behalf of over 700,000 smallholder farmers. We are seeking a strong individual to help improve process efficiency, drive 5% of purchasing cost out of the system, implement process/systems improvement projects, and help build team capacity across multiple countries of operation.
You will directly oversee procurement operations in at least 2 countries of operation and contribute to delivering a world-class purchasing department at the feet of our 700,000+ farmers across East and Southern Africa.
The overarching goals of this role are to:
Manage procurement teams while driving execution excellence

Save costs through improved process efficiency and effective negotiation

Drive process adherence and compliance

Drive data-based decision-making

Build team capacity and support staff professional development
Responsibilities of the Global Procurement Associate will include:
Team Management
Directly manage 2+ in-country procurement teams (i.e. Tanzania and Zambia) providing support on daily operations and capacity building

Deliver requested items to clients 100% on time, at the right specifications and at prices consistently below market rates

Set clear and well-documented expectations for all staff members and hold staff accountable to clear, rigorous expectations

Tap into strong local talent pools to higher top performers with strong potential for growth
Save Costs for the Organization – Your goal is to save over $500K every year in new cost savings across the value chain for procurement of operational goods and services.
Coordinate cost-saving measurement activities across OAF countries and continuously improve cost-saving measurement techniques and tools

Coordinate operational goods and services forecasting activities across countries to help increase on-time delivery, benefit from economies of scale and reduce process repeatability

Drive procurement cost reduction by developing and implementing strategies including, but not limited to, process-automation of repeatable tasks.Source: AjiraLeo Tanzania

Provide support to in-country teams on major tendering activities

Map out current procurement practices to identify and implement cost- and time-saving improvements that drive efficiency through reduced cycle times, increased value per transaction, and increased transactions per full-time employee (FTE).
Tighten Controls Environment – Drive efficiency across the Procurement team by tactically implementing loss prevention tactics and smooth processes.
Support in-country Procurement Managers in running and assessing of monthly controls to ensure process compliance and minimal fraud risks. This includes developing and running process compliance controls checks across all country procurement teams and reporting on controls to systems and organizational leadership on a monthly basis

Help reduce financial losses due to fraud by running fraud prevention controls & checks across all OAF countries & rolling out fraud prevention trainings by delivering trainings directly and monitoring compliance to fraud trainings

Re-think and implement reinforced quality assurance and inventory management processes to reduce % stock outs and eliminate quality issues across the supply chain for operational goods

Support the implementation of internal audit findings across countries that relate to process improvements and performance metrics

Quality check data collection and help maintain 100% accurate procurement data to support in/cross-country analysis and procurement strategic decisions. This includes collaborating with SAP Data team to standardize product categories and improve data granularity.
Performance Management
Support in-country Procurement Managers in identifying operational challenges and defining strategies to reach KPI targets. This involves helping country managers with professional development goal setting, accountability, and capacity building initiatives.

Collaborate with SAP Data team to improve performance tracking tools in terms of accuracy, usefulness, and transparency

Coordinate procurement performance reporting activities while providing visibility to country program leadership
Success in this role means:
Reduce sourcing cycle times to 14 days max across all countries through streamlined processes and staff performance improvement

Procurement data is 100% accurate and entered on time

Drive new cost savings of $500K per year

Goods & services delivered 100% OTIF at the right specifications and following the correct procurement procedures in countries you directly manage

Increased value per transaction and transaction per FTE through reduced process repetition, bulk procurement of commonly requested goods, and other process automation

Full transparency in team performance metrics to Purchasers and country leadership
Career Growth and Development
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months, and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career. 
We are seeking exceptional professionals with experience in and a passion for procurement and supply chain. Experience in an entrepreneurial environment is a plus. Candidates that meet the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
Professional Skills: 
Work experience in a demanding professional environment, preferably in positions where frequent cross-department communication was required

Experience in procurement, supply chain, engineering, or consulting preferred, but not required

Ability to work and make decisions independently

A passion for world class customer service

Strong sense of ethics, honesty, and integrity

Creativity and strong problem-solving skills. You don’t take no for an answer and constantly look for alternative solutions to problems.

Management Skills: 
At least 5 years’ experience including 2 years of people or project management experience

Passion for capacity building and investing in others

Experience managing remote teams is a plus

Execution Skills 
Strong computer skills in at least Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, experience using SAP preferred

Able to independently structure analyses related to procurement subject matter

Strong attention to detail.Source: AjiraLeo Tanzania

Strong verbal and written communication skills with reports, peers, and management

Academic Background 
Related Master’s Degree is an asset, but not strictly required

Language: Fluent in English, French preferred
Preferred Start Date ASAP
Job Location Iringa, Tanzania
Compensation Commensurate with experience
Duration Full-time job
Benefits  Health insurance, paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates YesEast Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.
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