Technical Procurement Specialist

Requisition ID
# of Openings
Procurement & Purchasing
Product Line
Up to 30%

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Implement Procurement strategies under the leadership of the market areas Operational Procurement Manager, and in close cooperation with Category Managers and Business leaders on a local level.  Coordinate the operational and tactical procurement of local goods and services, including: contract implementation, category strategy execution, and communicate supplier performance through procurement team.  Coordinate local supplier procurement efforts in assigned product lines or geographical area.


  • Coordinate the operational and tactical Procurement of goods and services categories in accordance with category strategy, as well as applicable policies, procedures and specifications.
  • Act as the point of contact between country Category Management and operations in assigned product lines or geographical area.
  • Under the leadership of OPM, support the realization of savings, supply efficiency, quality, and process improvements in Country, in line with regional and global strategies
  • Identify saving opportunities and initiatives in assigned product lines or geographical area.
  • Negotiate in close coordination with OPM and Category Management for local volumes, processes, quality levels and prices.
  • Responsible for effective relationship management with equipment and maintenance service suppliers.
  • Executes and monitors all respective internal controls , ensuring efficient/effective activities that support objectives while adhering to applicable laws, regulations, policies & procedures
  • Strives to obtain, measures and reports savings for assigned purchasing families
  • Supplies timely and accurate information for both the performance cycle and global contract negotations
  • Responsible for assigned cost savings objective


  • Maintain close business relationships with local management to anticipate procurement needs and take appropriate action to ensure optimized cost of goods and services
  • Identify local saving opportunities in conjunction with operations
  • Ensure global & local policies and procedures are conveyed to end users in the procurement of goods and services
  • Carry on RFx process according to procurement policies and use of Bravo tool
  • Measure performance through KPI’s according to existing templates
  • Support local businesses with goods and services agreements for main plant operations equipment and parts, including, process plant equipment, heavy mobile equipment, spare parts, strategic operations purchases, and maintenance contracts
  • Support local Plant CAPEX initiatives with the RFP process
  • Ensure locally generated savings are reported as required and according to category guidelines
  • Track achieved results in Track It software
  • Ensure on Site Contractors follow the Contractor Safety Management (CSM) Policies
  • Act as vacation relief for OPM

Relationship with Other Jobs:



  • Operational Management (e.g. plant managers, PLGM)
  • NABS Buyers
  • Operational Procurement Manager.
  • Procurement Coordinator.
  • Country and Zone Category Management.
  • Cement Plant Manager
  • Cement Maintenance Manager
  • Cement PLT


  • Vendors and Contractors



  • University Degree inEngineering (Post Graduate Degrees Preferred)

Experience and Skill Set:

  • Strong understanding of business drivers in local market area product lines.
  • Specialized knowledge of Cement, RMX, Aggregates, Asphalt and Construction Fixed and Mobile Equipment.
  • Specialized knowledge in maintenance practices..
  • Specialized knowledge of Cement, RMX, Aggregates and Asphalt production techniques.
  • Five to ten years in procurement role (category management, sourcing, operations) with exposure to supply chain management, strategic sourcing and optimal procurement processes and standards, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated performance in working within cross-functional teams, with requisite drive and energy. 

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Ability to understand the technical aspects of LafargeHolcim product lines from a procurement perspective.
  • Ability to lead reverse engineer efforts of major Cement spare parts or recommend alternative supply options
  • Ability to identify Best Cost Country (BCC) opportunities for replacement spare parts
  • Ability to interpret Engineered drawings
  • Ability to work effectively with all level of management.
  • Ability to gather information and draw logical conclusion on savings initiatives potential.
  • Excellent computer skills.

Leadership & Managerial Competencies:

  • Excellent written and oral operational communication skills; ability to communicate effectively/convincingly at all levels (including technical and operational) and with all functions at least in English and local language.
  • Effective time management, planning and organization skills; ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and drive tasks to completion in a fixed time-frame and in a pressured environment.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams and build relationships across multiple functions.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguities, conflicts and adversarial relationships.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Ability to identify problems quickly, make sound judgments, establish and implement solutions.


  • External annual spend of $50M to $100M.


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