Strategic Procurement Advisor

We dream of a world where no medical need goes unmet. Suffering or dying because of a lack of medicines is inhumane. That’s why we do whatever it takes to create better access to medicine for people around the globe. Our job is done when every person on this planet has access to the right medication and medical supplies at the right place and time. And we know how.

Since 2005, i+solutions has set the industry standard for health procurement. We drive an innovative agenda to improve global health supply chains. We combine procurement, training, project management, quality assurance and technical expertise to make a difference from the first to the last mile, closing the gap between patients and medicine.

Big dreams ask for big solutions. That’s why we work with global donors, countries and partners to make a difference daily. These partnerships enable us to scale our solutions, drive industry innovation, and conquer new challenges. Together, we combine big hearts with big data to improve supply chains that secure accessibility and care. We’re here to close the gap. And together, we can!

The role

The Global Drug Facility (GDF) Strategic Procurement Advisor (SPA) reports into the Director Procurement and Supply Services (PSS) within i+solutions’ PSS department. The SPA is dedicated to Global Drug Facility one of i+solutions key clients. The Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility (GDF) facilitates global access to quality-assured, affordable tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics and treatments. The SPA is responsible for designing and executing i+solutions’ strategy for the sourcing and procurement of TB products. The SPA will be responsible for developing a deep understanding of the market dynamics for this category and then developing – in collaboration with other departments – the most appropriate strategy to maximize value in terms of cost savings/avoidance, demand management, risk reduction, supplier performance, and contract management. To do so, the SPA will have experience with strategic procurement best practices. 

The SPA will have a key client relations role, collaborating closely with GDF’s Global Sourcing team on market dynamics, strategy and contracting. The SPA will also have an internal leadership role, managing i+solutions’ GDF’s Category Management team.  The SPA is a networker and flexible team player capable of forming strong relationships throughout the entire organization, in addition to successfully leveraging resources, processes and tools to achieve desired outcomes. 

Responsibilities

Client engagement  

  • Act as main point of contact for GDF’s Global Sourcing team 
  • Collaborate with GDF on market dynamics and strategy 
  • Collaborate with GDF on tendering, supplier performance management and operational escalations 
  • Accompany GDF in supplier and stakeholders meetings, conferences, etc. 

Market dynamics and strategy 

  • Develop a deep understanding of the TB market, specifically for TB medicines 
  • Support efforts to assess strategic process based on demand, product and supplier analysis 
  • Provide recommendations for strategy development 
  • Support and lead strategic updates and respond to changes in market dynamics 

Contracting and Long Term Agreements 

  • Support tender processes 
  • Supplier negotiation 
  • Responsible for establishing and amending LTAs with suppliers 
  • Responsible for implementing terms and conditions from the LTA

Internal and external collaboration 

  • Collaborate effectively with partners and suppliers’ representatives 
  • Assist and work closely with the GDF Supply Chain Services team and other project departments e.g.  QA and finance 
  • Represent i+solutions at meetings with partners and suppliers 

Line and Team Management 

  • HR activities such as check-ins, performance cycles, etc. 
  • Lead and coach the team to perform and to meet the organisation’s expectations for productivity, quality, and goal accomplishment 
  • Follow up on career development paths with team members and support of HR 
  • Develop (annual) team plans and a team risk register 
  • Consciously create a workplace culture that is consistent with the overall organization’s mission, vision, guiding principles, and values of the organization 

Ad hoc duties 

  • Contribute to i+solutions’ strategic procurement activities 
  • Contribute to PSS proposals 
  • Assist with any other business development opportunities 

Qualifications

  • Approximately 10 to 15 years of work experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Management 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in logistics, procurement, supply chain management, business management, or a relevant field 
  • Significant experience working with international suppliers and donors 
  • Self-driven with a high sense of quality, accuracy, efficiency and meeting tight deadlines 
  • Analytical capacity and insight into business processes, both in the industry and in the business policy arena 
  • Excellent communication and social skills 
  • Fluency in oral and written English is a must 
  • Experience with ERP or procurement/supply chain management software 
  • Strong computer skills, including sound knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint 

Behavioural component

  • Focus on Quality (Strategic) 
  • Leadership of groups (Tactical) 
  • Self-development (Tactical) 
  • Social awareness (Strategic) 
  • Developing employees (Strategic)

What we offer:

  • Working in a great team and a pleasant atmosphere.
  • A drive for purpose and a multi-cultural environment.
  • Teaming with professionals that put passion into our Mission.
  • Good compensation package and excellent opportunities for personal development.

Values and background check

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