Regional Category Buyer- APAC Direct MaterialJob DescriptionMain Purpose of RoleThe role is reporting directly to Regional Category Lead / Manager.
The role is responsible for (i) strategic sourcing of the assigned category and countries (multiple country coverage) (ii) partner with country and region to translate business requirements into procurement strategy and quantitative values (iii) Be accountable to ensure compliance with procurement standards, methods, and procurement operation of the total spend area (iv) be responsible to develop the local supply market for the category with regional alignmentThe applicant should have an entrepreneurial mind-
set, strong learning agility and speed, to accelerate procurement initiatives implementation. Furthermore, stakeholder collaboration skill is critical to the role.
As part of the procurement transformation journey in ASEAN / TW, the candidate needs to be comfortable to navigate change-
management and take total ownership to support business priority through new ways of working.Main AccountabilitiesA. Strategic sourcing of the assigned category and countries (multiple country coverage)Analyze region / country spend data and understand the business requirementsProvide country / local market and supplier insights to maximize opportunities.
Support to develop sourcing strategy to meet the business needs for the region and countrySupport the supplier negotiation strategy at country, regional, or global level as requiredStrategy communication and alignment with regional and local cross functional teams.
Participate and plan for any of the regional bids, and co-lead regional or global negotiations.Ensure standardization of processes and tools in coordination with CI, drive harmonized approach towards cluster / regional sourcing practices (i.
e., do it once, and leverage everywhere)B. Partner with country and region to translate business requirements into procurement strategy and quantitative valuesTotal ownership to partner with country and region to translate business requirements into procurement strategy and quantitative values (for assigned categories)Support / Lead Global / Regional strategy sourcing activities, including conducting country RFX till completion of award as requiredProvide local support for Global / Regional strategy sourcing projects, including innovation engagement, cost initiatives as well as risk mitigation as requiredProvide local market insights on supply-
base, market / emerging trend and intelligence to drive incremental value opportunities.Align and balance country requirements with regional / global strategyWork as part of the broader procurement network between locally, regionally and globally to develop and roll-
out procurement initiativesSupport the Annual Procurement Planning ProcessLead or support supplier negotiation in country or regional as requiredC.
Accountable for Country OperationGenerate and execute system report data analytical practice. Build insights for spend data, supplier landscape and market intelligence.
Close work with RCM and key stake holders for the business understanding through data analytical performance as well as business inputs.
Conduct workshop for the solution discussion and draw alignmentsResponsible for operational issues escalation, mitigation plan and progress trackingOwns country purchase orders (PO) related processes, including timely update pricing, maintain pricing accuracy, etc.
Accountable for country direct material data accuracy and timely upload as requiredProvide local support for supplier consolidation to streamline vendor baseOwns country related contract process including review, approval and proper sign off as requiredResponsible for Direct Material supplier performance reporting, score card, SRM program and continual improvement projects coordination and PMO activities.
D. Stakeholder ManagementAble to engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders locallyAlign procurement programs with business priorities in the countries with the support of regional category managers and leadershipResponsible for program / policy change communications and expectation-
management in countryCollaborate with business units in procurement processes and initiatives journeyEngagement with Country Leadership Team to create visibility on procurement driven programsE.
KPI / Performance ManagementImplement and deliver target for the assigned category (e. g. cost savings, cost avoidance, working capital, and TCO) in the country and regionalBalance Cost and Quality factors in all the supplier engagement, and leverage regional category expertiseEstablish and Track solid KPI of supplier performance in conjunction with the stakeholdersParticipate / Lead supplier selection process with best in class tools and framework as requiredF.
Drive Compliance and GovernanceAdopt KC Approved policy for all supplier engagementSecure knowledge transfer and exchange by creating and storing project deliverables and relevant tools and templates in knowledge repositories / SharePointImplementation of global and local procurement principles and the application of standardized procurement processes and systems.
Ensure procurement process and practices align with K-C Compliance, and audit-proofAssistant and coordinate for the Direct Material procurement process optimization projectsG.
Support Supplier Relationship and Risk managementDevelop supplier evaluation and audit framework in collaboration with regional category teamLead supplier development activities, set-
up cross functional reviews to improve performance and drive value creationProactively identify supply continuity risks and develop mitigation plans.
Lead Supplier Evaluation for key suppliers and develop annual Due Diligence Plan.Initiate and lead regular business review with key supplier & key stakeholders.
H. Best Practices, Market Intelligence and Market BenchmarkDrive best practice sharing across the responsible countries, and leverage the available resources to analyze supply-
market and market trendIdentify external forums and resources for country team to increase market knowledgeContinue to benchmark KC sourcing category in the marketplaceBuild, document, and update local market and product knowledge continuouslyContinuously evaluates the supply market to ensure that the latest information is available.
Perform market analysis in close cooperation with other departmentsEssential Knowledge / ExperienceUniversity education is requiredMinimum of 7 years of experiences in a country or regional function of procurementExposure to regional scope of work is a plusExperience in stakeholder management and leadership engagementGood project management, data analytical skills and presentation skillGood understanding of negotiation process, contract and spend areasGood understanding on financial metrics (ie, Working Capital, Cost Avoidance, NSV, DPO, etc)SAP knowledge and experience is beneficialUnderstanding of local, regional & global business needs & cross functional synergies.
Fluent in English. Having a second Asian language would be highly beneficial.Global VISA and Relocation Specifications : K-
C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-
C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization. However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship.
This role is available for local candidates already authorized to work in the role’s country only. K-C will not provide relocation support for this rolePrimary LocationTaiwan-
TaipeiAdditional LocationsWorker TypeEmployeeWorker Sub-TypeRegularTime TypeFull time