Smoothtel Procurement Officer Job in Kenya

Procurement Officer
Procurement Department
Position Overview
We are an ICT company that prides itself in delivery of cost-effective future proof solutions, backed by exemplary customer service.  
The Procurement Officer assumes overall responsibility for managing pricing, rebates and relationships with suppliers in the best commercial interests of the business. 
We endeavor to build and maintain a motivated, capable workforce who are proud to work for the company and able to deliver our commercial strategy.
Job Responsibilities
Being the Procurement Assistant, you are Directly Accountable for;

1. Controls, policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all procurement activities are effectively managed and are in accordance with the Contract Regulations, Procurement Act and Financial Regulations
  • Review and develop the Procurement Strategy covering each of the key business areas
  • Create Awareness on the companies procurement procedures to the relevant employees dealing directly with procurement.
  • Ensure that the correct procedures are followed in respect of all major procurement activities 
  • Continually develop procurement expertise across the company to support staff development, knowledge and expertise in procurement activities
2. Supplier Relations
  • Participating in the supplier pre-qualification and selection processes. Maintaining an up to date directory of all suppliers, their contacts, a brief on their products/services and on the status of any agreements entered into.
  • Developing and maintaining strategic supplier relationships to ensure the timely and efficient delivery of goods and services
  • Participating in the negotiations of agreements and monitoring performance against SLAs (Service Level Agreements)
  • Set up a process of review for all Contracts, Supplies and Suppliers ensuring that maximum value for money benefits are achieved through supplier rationalization, developing an Approved Supplier list
  • Build and develop good relationships with key suppliers to ensure best value for money and customer satisfaction with services provided
  • Monitor trends in supplier and contract base and propose / implement plans to respond to such trends.
3. Procurement function
  • Periodically conduct dialogue, briefings and negotiation sessions on pricing/terms and conditions etc with suppliers/vendors.
  • Ensuring that requests for purchases are clearly articulated approved and recorded as per the established procedures.
  • Consulting with requesting officers to ensure that quality, quantity and type of items required meet their specific specifications.
  • Keeping requesting officers properly informed on the status and progress of all requests/orders made and dealing with any changes or clarifications as required.
  • Monitor, respond and assist with any supplier enquiries.
  • Progressively conduct supplier suitability and capability checks and advise the Director of any required changes.
  • Bring to the attention of the Director any supplier contracts up for review in good time and assist in the processes of renewal or cancellation of agreements.
4. Value for Money and Reporting
  • Set procurement savings targets each year in conjunction with the Procurement Officer and monitor delivery against targets
  • Prepare a quarterly report to the Finance Manager providing a review of procurement activities and achievements
5.  Operational
  • Ensure that prices negotiated with suppliers are set a level where company can benefit from savings
  • Ensure that, at price reviews, any increases are kept to a minimum and implemented only when fully justified ensuring that point 1 above still applies
  • Ensure that all suppliers pricing information is up to date and stored, in accordance with procedures, on the Client Relationship Management System (CRM)
  • Maintain accurate and up to date supplier agreements, trading terms and details of rebates for those suppliers within your portfolio
  • Carry out pricing audits
  • Ensure up to date hard copy price lists and product information are readily available for product management
  • Ensure that the Product Managers are kept up to date with supplier details, (prices, product range, key field and office contacts etc.)
  • Manage own correspondence and administration professionally and efficiently
6. Inter-departmental responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all department heads especially those responsible for the product management
  • Attend and contribute to the monthly Product Managers meetings
  • Promote effective liaison within the department to ensure that all the supplier information required for the production of marketing literature is supplied in the relevant format and to agreed deadlines. This includes but is not limited to the annual directory, newsletters, website
  • Work with suppliers and buyers to ensure that the supplier contributions to any marketing activity add real value and promotes increased customer spend.
Organizational Alignment
  • Reports to the Senior Accountant
  • Works closely with and in conjunction with the Customer Service Coordinators, Office Administrators, Product Managers and Operations Manager in ensuring adequate management of materials and material flow to support those operations.
Academic Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree in Purchasing & Supplies
  • Minimum 5 years’ Telecommunications/ I.T. Procurement environment experience.
Skills and Knowledge Requirement
  • Materials Handling experience commensurate with duties and responsibilities of the position
  • Easy to contact and to communicate and work with
  • Exhibits a sense of urgency when necessary
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to issue and explain good instructions
  • Working knowledge of computer systems, ability to learn CRM input, retrieval and use
  • Understanding of the proper use of Work Orders, priorities and schedules
  • Ability to work in a team environment, fully supporting the goals and objectives of the sales, maintenance and operations efforts.
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Persons that do not meet minimum requirements need not apply