Supply Chain Business Partner

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    London, England

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    Andrew Pennycook

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Duration:

    5 Months

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Supply Chain Business Partner
5 Months
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Business Partnering is a primary activity for client Supply Chain. Having a dedicated resource working with the business acts as a focal point for driving value creation for the client. For example, this is achieved through P&L savings delivery, appropriate supplier selection, risk mitigation/assessment and effective supplier relationship management.

The Business Partner:

  • Participates in the development of and executes action plans to meet global supply chain strategies: including sourcing strategies and global supplier network capabilities for key commodities and spend categories to achieve broad business objectives.

· Recommends and executes supply chain strategies to support new offerings, improve service and reduce costs.
· Leads work groups from across the enterprise to address complex interdisciplinary issues affecting significant business issues.
· Executes action plans for contracting, supplier management, business partnering and savings.
· Executes strategies to address feedback from Supply Chain and business stakeholders to ensure objectives are met.
· Provides expert supply chain perspective and makes recommendations to Supply Chain and business colleagues.
· Maintains excellent working relationships with strategic business stakeholders to gain a comprehensive understanding of business requirements and to support the business in achievement of its outcomes.
· Provides supply chain support to the business in pursuit of complex new business opportunities.
· Negotiates complex, corporate-wide agreements with suppliers encompassing key programme specifications, functional objectives and savings.
· Follows Corporate, Regional and Supply Chain policies and procedures:
- Identifies policy/procedure gaps and brings them to the attention of Supply Chain management;
- Makes recommendations and/or decisions regarding Supply Chain strategies and issues.

  • Collects metrics to optimise sourcing, supplier activities and efficiencies, and works collaboratively with global and regional team members to prioritize and drive implementation.
  • Serves as global expert on industry best practices and technology trends to team members and fellow business partners.

Education and Experience Required

  • First level university degree in a related field is preferred.

· Typically, over 10 years of professional experience in procurement or supply chain function or related experience, i.e. technology, business development, strategic alliances/partnering or professional services.
· Professional experience working with concepts, practices, and procedures in the areas of responsibility.
· Global and/or large enterprise experience is preferred.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Demonstrated strong vendor selection, sourcing and contracting, supplier management, and negotiation skills.

· Ability to understand and relate technical solutions, analyze benefits of alternative solutions, and effectively communicate recommendations to both the company and customer management.
· Ability to publicly represent the company with internal and external clients.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills needed to interface with internal executives and high-level customer representatives; also, to analyse, interpret and present business strategies, best practices, and technical product and service information solutions.
· Strong analytical, problem solving and leadership skills.
· Excellent strategic planning skills.

  • Proven success working as part of a team