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    Productive People was founded in 2014 in partnership with 2 of the UK's leading recruitment consultancies providing contract, retained and permanent recruitment solutions to the global market place. Productive People specialises in supplying the most productive people available in all major economic sectors. The pun is deliberate The core business objective of Productive People is to be the best at providing the best. With our internationally competitive management team, and our small team of well trained staff, this is not just an objective, but an attainable goal.

    Our client is the largest manufacturer of building materials in the world, with presence in over 90 countries.

    Sourcing Controller


    Job description

    Provide financial and business advisory support to the Country sourcing leadership team with a view to analyse, recommend areas of improvements and strengthen the control environment, ensuring the relevance and integrity of the financial information required for management decisions.


    Nature & Scope Of Position: -

    This position is located in the Head Office in Lagos and reports to the Chief Financial Officer – Cement.

    The sourcing controller ensures that all stakeholders across the country cement business clearly understand all cost assumptions relating to all sourcing cost base. Ensuring that sourcing savings plans are identified challenged and risks/ opportunities are proactively highlighted and managed.

    The incumbent will review the financial performance of the sourcing function with detailed value-added analysis including Monthly Raw Material Price and Usage variance. Including the Consolidation of all sourcing performance action plans from all plants and Head Office, monitor potential savings, follow up on progress and report to Country Sourcing Director.

    The sourcing controller will consistently ensure the application and effectiveness of key controls through risk assessment and identification of key areas for improvement and ensure corrective measures are executed within agreed time frames. Running contract changes through the cost model and providing input and explanation to the contract change team on the impact of changes.

    To succeed in this position, the incumbent should have strong business acumen and an analytical mind and a strong ability to work with people across the country cement business and achieve results with and through others. An analytical mind and bias for quantitative information is required to deal with the barrage of this form of information that the incumbent deals with on a regular basis. He has to be a team player, as his job requires effective partnering with a lot of people both within and outside the organization. Other essential qualities include professionalism, honesty and integrity, coaching and people development as well as good judgment capabilities. He should also be technically competent with a good appreciation of the Company’s operations.

    The major challenges of the job include getting local management to respond timely to information input requests and converting these into Group required formats and transmitting same within tight reporting deadlines. Given the recent integration, Other challenges include using available resources to cope with increasing information requirements.  Other challenges include identifying the impact of strategic initiatives and ensuring that information provided will add value to the business.

    Principal Accountabilities: -

    • Provide financial support to the logistics management team by ensuring timely delivery of accurate financial reports
    • Ensure effective analysis, forecasting and control of key cost and from time to time providing analysis and insight to the wider logistics community.
    • Review and analyze performance of strategy trucks across the regions.
    • Develop, maintain and interpret key weekly/monthly/quarterly dashboards
    • Consistently ensures the application and effectiveness of key controls in the Supply Chain functions through risk assessment and identification of key areas for improvement and ensure corrective measures are executed within agreed time frames.
    • No direct report

    Desired Skills and Experience

    • Professional proficiency in English
    • 8 years of professional experience of which 3 years must be at a senior management level in a manufacturing/multinational environment.
    • Qualified Accountant.
    • A post graduate qualification (MBA) will be an added advantage.

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    Cluster Category Manager



    • Drive and be accountable for category performance and initiatives in own Country and others where responsibility has been assigned in the category charter
    • Where and when appropriate participate in regional or global category management teams representing own Country 


    • Participate in the management of cluster categories for the group by representing own Country in cross-functional teams with full accountability for category performance
    • Develop Procurement category strategies as a member of the category management team that are integrated and aligned with overall global strategies, and with the group business
    • Drive the realization of savings, supply efficiency, quality, and process improvements in own and other Countries, in line with regional and global strategies.
    • Identify saving opportunities and initiate individual projects and initiatives at all operational levels
    • Where and when appropriate represent and serve other Countries without direct category management representation for the respective category(ies) and be accountable for delivery of savings in these and own Country 


    • Drive initiatives and projects, identify and remove potential barriers to success
    • Ensure that local strategies are integrated and in alignment with the regional and global category approach and company stakeholders. 
    • Align stakeholders through focused change management programs
    • In line with regional and global strategies, design and execute strategic projects and targets
    • Ensure the implementation and tracking of performance indicators and achieved results.
    • Assume full accountability for delivering targeted bottom line results for each category
    • Provide regular reports and updates to local, regional and/or global governing bodies (councils) as required
    • Ensure that own Country execute the category strategy and actions as required and agreed. Where compliance is an issue, find and eliminate root causes
    • Initiating and supporting the RFx processes locally as defined by strategy
    • Ensure that the procurement initiatives tracking tool where implemented (PITT) is kept up-to-date for own initiatives and projects
    • Where and when appropriate participate in regional or global category teams to ensure the successful implementation of strategy and achievement of targets and results.
    • Where and when appropriate represent own Country as a member of the regional or global category teams (participation level determined by Country spend) to establish strategies and initiatives


    Level of education / qualifications normally required: 

    • B. Sc in Engineering

    Specific work experience: 

    • Minimum 3 years in strategic procurement role (category management, sourcing) with exposure to supply chain management, complex strategic sourcing and optimal procurement processes and standards
    • Demonstrated performance in working within cross-functional teams, with requisite drive and energy to ensure that a challenging benefits and capability building agenda is successfully delivered 

    Technical / functional skills:

    • Engineering or Operational back ground would be advantages 

    Behavioral competencies / Leadership and managerial abilities: 

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively/convincingly at all levels (including technical and operational) and with all functions at least in English
    • Highly 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, countries, regions and cultures
    • Demonstrated broad understanding of the content, processes and delivery channels in the field of the assigned categories
    • Ability to deal with ambiguities, conflicts and adversarial relationships
    • Expert negotiation skills
    • Ability to assess potential and risks associated with supplier and market changes, and integrate with category and sourcing strategies
    • Proven ability in analysis and interpretation of data
    • Proven ability to identify problems quickly, make sound judgments, establish and implement solutions

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    Customer Centric & Innovative Solutions Manager


    Job description

    • Responsible for driving innovative initiatives for both internal and external customers. The individual will take the lead on new initiatives that do not fall into the traditional process areas covered by existing business systems such as the ERP.
    • Individual will be required to work with business process owners and business leaders to find IT enabled ways of solving business problems.
    • The individual will be the key member in the company’s Africa team to ensure that technology and IT is leveraged to find innovative solutions and system related processes for business problems.
    • Manage portfolio of innovative IT projects.
    • Work closely with peers in IT to create additional value out of existing solutions.
    • Work with business process owners in identifying bottlenecks and proposing solutions.
    • Work closely with Sales and Marketing to implement new ways of utilizing technology as a competitive advantage in the market place.

    Desired Skills and Experience

    • B.Sc in Information technology or equivalent.
    • Minimum 10 years working experience
    • Project management experience
    • Proven experience delivering innovative IT solutions
    • Familiarity with ERP solutions
    • Change management experience
    • Experience with mobility solutions (devices and applications)
    • Experience with social collaboration tools
    • Experience with Big Data and Business Intelligence
    • Experience with cloud based solutions
    • Strong skills in Microsoft excel and other data analysis tools such as Qlikview, Tableau
    • Software development experience a plus
    • Project management skills

    Method of Application

    Use links below to apply

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