Procurement Category Manager

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Job Description - Procurement Category Manager

Mediclinic is an international private healthcare services group, founded in South Africa in 1983, with divisions in Switzerland, Southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia) and the United Arab Emirates. The Group is focused on providing specialist-orientated, multidisciplinary services across the continuum of care in such a way that the Group will be regarded as the most respected and trusted provider of healthcare services by patients, medical practitioners, funders and regulators of healthcare in each of its markets.


This role is responsible for managing and optimising Supply Chain activities within specific categories of spend to ensure the organisation obtains the best value for goods and services purchased. This role involves strategic planning, supplier relationship management, cost analysis, collaboration with internal stakeholders, and implementing value-creating activities to meet the company's Supply Chain objectives.KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS
  • Develop and implement comprehensive strategies for assigned categories in alignment with organisational goals and objectives. Conducts thorough spend analytics, market analysis, supplier assessments, and demand forecasting to develop category strategies.
  • Develop and oversee the strategic sourcing process for designated categories, including conducting market research, identifying potential suppliers, running tenders and negotiating contracts. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and ensure alignment with business needs.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key suppliers. Monitor supplier compliance and performance, conduct regular supplier evaluations, and implement supplier development initiatives to ensure quality, cost, and delivery targets are met.
  • Conduct cost analysis, benchmarking, and total cost of ownership (TCO) assessments to identify cost-saving opportunities and implement strategies to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and drive value across the Supply Chain process. Monitor and track spending within assigned categories, identifying variances and implementing corrective actions as necessary.
  • Conceptualise, innovate, and operationalise Supply Chain solutions that drive continuous improvement of products, systems, processes, procedures, and best practice standards.
  • Identify, assess, and mitigate risks within the Supply Chain, including supplier financial stability, geopolitical factors, and Supply Chain disruptions. Develop, implement and monitor risk mitigation strategies and contingency plans to ensure patient safety, business continuity and compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and company policies throughout the Supply Chain process.
  • Influence and collaborate with senior internal stakeholders to agree on technical specifications, requirements, and quality standards for critical items. Foster effective communication, transparency and alignment between Supply Chain and other departments to optimise purchasing decisions and drive organisational objectives.
  • Establish, implement and monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) and service level agreements (SLAs) to measure category performance; report and communicate recommendations to senior management and implement improvement plans, as needed.REQUIRED EDUCATION


  • Bachelor's degree in logistics, business, engineering, finance or related field
  • Post graduate degree or certificate in Procurement or Supply Chain management


* CIPS advanced diploma or equivalent qualificationREQUIRED EXPERIENCE


  • 5 – 8 years’ experience across the end-to-end lifecycle of strategic sourcing and category management activities, including category strategies, sourcing execution, contract negotiations and supplier management.
  • Relevant experience leading complex/high visibility Procurement and Supply Chain projects.


  • Experience working within a multi-national / global Supply Chain environment.REQUIRED JOB SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
  • Supply chain management processes and principles
  • Category Management strategies and methodologies (strategy, sourcing, supplier management)
  • Stakeholder relationship management
  • Business acumen and commercial insight
  • Comfortable interacting with and influencing business stakeholders and external clients
  • Data Analytics and Reporting
  • Risk management and control
  • Continuous quality improvement methodologies
  • Project Management Skills
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Office)
  • Supply Chain software and tools (e.g., ERP systems, eSourcing and Procurement platforms)
  • South African and international healthcare industries

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