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Sr. Cat Specialist - Mgkt, Tech, Payment

United States - Illinois - Chicago
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Job ID 106918BR Job category Procurement & Supply Chain Management Group Segment Downstream Relocation availableNo CityChicago CountryUnited States Travel required Yes - up to 10%

Job profile summary:

The Senior Category Specialist (SCS) plays a supporting role in realising Downstream Procurement’s (DP) objective to become a world-class procurement organisation with leading capability in category management that delivers relevant, value-adding category strategies to BP’s Downstream businesses. The SCS provides dedicated specialist category strategy development and implementation support to the Category Manager. Working with colleagues in the business interface they are responsible for engaging business stakeholders to understand business priorities and requirements and ensure category strategies and implementation aligns with those needs.
The primary focus of the Senior Category Specialist (SCS) role is to support the Category Manager to define category strategies by performing analysis and co-ordinating key inputs e.g. supply market analysis, cost modelling and benchmarking. The SCS also supports the Category Manager to implement the category strategy at a site / market level by managing the localisation of the category strategy, sourcing activities and contract management to agreed timelines, and supplier management activities. They are also responsible for supporting the category manager in delivering value to the business by ensuring compliance with agreed category strategies and sourcing expectations. Ultimately, they are responsible for the execution of all of these activities to deliver the objective of providing the business with a supply base that supports safe, reliable and compliant operations, and that also delivers the innovation and business benefits agreed in the category strategy.
Key Results/Accountabilities expected from role

Stakeholder Management Support
  • In support of the Category Manager, manage the interface between category strategy development and implementation by the delivery organisation, working in partnership with Category Excellence, GBS, Business Interface and Business teams
  • Lead the development of communication content to ensure that category specific messages (such as status, plans, compliance, and market insights) are effectively disseminated across the DP organisation, including the business interface organisation
  • Supports the objective of no compromise on safe and compliant operations
  • Provide specialist Procurement and category guidance and advice to business stakeholders
  • Provide specialist Procurement and category guidance and coaching to more junior members of the DP team

Category Strategy & Implementation Support
  • Lead the development of category strategies for low complexity categories (dependent on category scope and seniority of Category Specialist)
  • Support CM to ensure a deep expertise within the category area, by accessing MI and external knowledge to ensure the category strategy is informed by an intimate knowledge of the supply market, key dynamics and latest thinking within the field
  • Manage inputs to the development of category and sourcing strategies i.e. supply market analysis, cost modelling and benchmarking
  • Working with the global category network, supports the development of new and innovative global sources of supply, and working with the business interface organisation, helps to build understanding and support for new sources of supply in the business

Sourcing and Supplier Management
  • Lead local and regional contract negotiation and execution
  • Lead local and regional supplier management activities
  • Execute sourcing (high-medium complexity categories) and oversee sourcing execution by GBS (low-medium complexity categories)
  • Support business in contract holder roles, gather performance feedback (and variation requests) for input to supplier performance review

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Position Requirements:

Educational background
  • University degree in a technical or related equivalent business discipline required.
  • MCIPS/ISM qualification, or at stage of pre-qualification, desirable.

  • 7 - 10 years relevant experience required
  • Skilled Application in category strategy development and execution
  • Skilled Application in sourcing, contracting and contract management
  • Skilled Application in tactical procurement
  • Skilled Application in supplier management
  • Experience in Ariba e-sourcing or other e-procurement tools is desirable.
  • Good working knowledge of P2P processes, and SAP system
  • Demonstrable experience in the relevant category is preferable

  • Skilled Application in Commercial negotiation skills.
  • Skilled Application in Influencing and stakeholder management skills.
  • Skilled Application in Organisational and project management skills.
  • Skilled Application in Financial and market analysis skills.

About BP:

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. It is the product and service-led arm of BP, made up of three businesses (Fuels, Lubricants, and Petrochemicals).

We aim to run safe and reliable operations across all our businesses, supported by leading brands and technologies, to deliver high-quality products and services that meet our customers’ needs.

Disciplined execution of our strategy is helping improve our underlying performance, capture opportunities for further growth, generate attractive returns and create a more resilient business that is better able to withstand a range of market conditions; and create opportunities for future growth.

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