Regional Category Buyer

Puerto Rico Full Time
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Location: Melbourne, United States of America

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We are currently looking for a Category Buyer to join the Thales team in Melbourne, FL.

The Regional Category Buyer supports one or several procurement categories for the entire region in which the operate.  He/she works in close relation with the Product / Project Procurement organizations and the relevant stakeholders. He/she will have regular feed back with them, and their main tasks are as follows:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure regional needs are met and enforce standardization for procurement categories in close cooperation with B&P; and Products Procurement organization if relevant.
  • Monitor the market for their category, including key actors and suppliers, economic evolutions, innovations, technology, in order to propose the most up-to-date solutions to businesses
  • Provide business with insights as to how products / projects could be more competitive, based on their monitoring
  • Performance Management vis-a-vis entities / regions
  • Guarantee the level of performance expected by the entities / regions (monitor performance, communicate on best practices, define SLA...)
  • Propose and implement corrective actions in the case of a shortfall in performance
  • Organize competitions, assess and select best suppliers for their category / commodity, in close collaboration with entities / regions and with regular feedback loops 
  • Negotiate contracts 
  • Supports the compliance of the purchase contracts with the laws, the Thales regulations and the customers requirements.
  • Monitor and control performance of category's suppliers, based on data provided by Supplier Performance Managers
  • Assess and manage suppliers risks
  • Identify the suppliers who have to be developed and set up the improvement plan with the Supplier Performance Manager 
  • Lead P0 & P1 Projects (Up to $300k spend and Low to High Risk)
  • Support P2 Projects (Greater than $300k spend and Low Risk)
  • Support P3 Projects (Greater than $300k spend and Medium to High Risk)

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree or 8 years of Procurement/Purchasing experience
  • 5 years leading P0 & P1 sourcing projects up to $300k spend
  • Have a good knowledge of the regional market for their commodity
  • Knowledge of value analysis methods and commercial law, insurance and export control
  • Understand the customer’s needs and program issues
  • Know how to evaluate financial performance, risks and propose a mitigation plan
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 15%

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