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  • Posted: Nov 11, 2020
    Deadline: Not specified
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    Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while ad...
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    General Purchasing Specialist

    Job purpose

    The position will require you to source general expenditure (mostly services) at the best price from suppliers and to ensure service levels meet site requirements. Look for opportunities to consolidate services from different sites to obtain the best market offering. To ensure alignment with all responsible sourcing requirements.


    • Analyze spend to gather user requirements and identify opportunities to consolidate services from different sites.
    • Launch tender processes to centralise service offering with the purpose of reducing overall costs and limit multiple suppliers supplying the same service.
    • Ensure as much as possible that all spend on general services have a contract in place.
    • Deliver successful projects where nominated as the project leader or project member.
    • Drive the resolution of all central supplier queries (payments, poor service etc.) and lead negotiations of contractual terms.
    • Support Saint-Gobain’s common goals and vision by working with local and global team members, cross functional teams, other departments and functions to deliver on commitments.
    • Adhere to all Saint-Gobain’s policies and procedures and proactively educate the business on purchasing procedures and systems.
    • Take lead of all responsible sourcing topics including ensuring all suppliers charters are signed, suppliers participate in Ecovadis and purchasers complete mandatory training.
    • Log and resolve claims logged against suppliers.
    • All such duties and/or activities assigned by management/board as and when required.

    Required skills and knowledge

    • 3-5 years experience in a strategic sourcing or procurement related role.
    • Assertive, well spoken with good verbal and written communication skills.
    • Good interpersonal, relationship and people management skills.
    • Strong negotiation and persuasion skills.
    • Customer focused
    • An efficient and organised individual.
    • Influencing skills.
    • Team player.
    • Resilient, able to work under pressure, accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
    • Responsible in dealing with company resources.
    • Analytical thinking and using logic to address work-related issues.
    • Knowledge of administration and management principles.
    • Knowledge of general expenditure and stakeholder requirements.


    • 3 year degree BCom Degree / Diploma
    • SAPICS / CIPS Certification advantageous

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Saint-Gobain on to apply

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