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Philip Morris International: Building a Smoke-Free Future At PMI, we’ve chosen to do something incredible. We’re totally transforming our business and building our future on smoke-free products with the power to improve the lives of a billion smokers worldwide. With huge change, comes huge opportunity. So, wherever you join us, you’ll enjoy the freedom to dream up and deliver better, brighter solutions and the space to move your career forward in endlessly different directions. Purpose of the Position: Reporting to the Manager Procurement, optimize local procurement of goods and services by liaising with local management team as well as global/regional sourcing strategy where applicable, developing and deploying local sourcing strategies, optimizing the local supplier base, and managing local supplier contracts. Principal Accountabilities Accountability 1: • Create and maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders: understand internal and external stakeholders’ objectives and needs; advice and influence stakeholders on ways as to add tangible value to their objectives and contribute to the bottom line; lead cross-functional projects to increase spend effectiveness or generate process improvements Accountability 2: • Conduct and interpret industry, market and relevant macro-economic and supplier research for the assigned sub-categories: at market level and for the assigned categories, build industry know-how on markets, suppliers and goods/services and provide recommendations from market analyses and benchmarks to internal stakeholders. Accountability 3: • Develop Category Strategic Procurement plan by interacting with key stakeholders, analyzing category data and metrics to drive and deliver end-to-end category management practices in line with overall functional strategies. Monitor the implementation of sourcing strategies and processes across market and generate process improvements and economies of scale. • Contribute to regional and global sourcing strategy definition by providing the requested inputs. Accountability 4: • Use category specific analyses to prepare and lead negotiations with major suppliers within the assigned categories at local level ensuring quality standards of products/services are met. • Commercially manage new & ongoing local key relationships with local major local suppliers, vendors or subcontractors at account level to ensure that the affiliate receives satisfactory standards of services and there is contribution sustainability over time. • Review and approve RFx's and contracts conducted by the team and / or the SSC Procurement Accountability 5 • Master the sourcing process and its interactions with other functional processes and ensure that the source-to-contract process is correctly and consistently followed. Ensure adherence to Global Procurement Policy & Practices as well as Tools at affiliate level. Monitor and define action plans to close gaps. • Apply and encourage a Lean way of working and ensure effective transfer of non-core activities to Procurement Shared Service Center ('PSSC'). • Ensure that the sourcing plan and RFx initiatives are well tracked and documented in the system. Accountability 6 • Master legal templates to encompass local legislative requirements, business needs, IP rights and exclusivity clauses. • In collaboration with Legal and Finance, set up and maintain a set of standard templates that facilitate the contractual review process, as well as leverage on agreed PO's Terms & Conditions for non-critical services/goods to meet the Company’s objectives in terms of agility and time to market. • Upon contract(s) being signed, control that all data regarding suppliers and agreements is correctly entered in all relevant systems (e.g. SAP, e-Catalogues, contract management system, etc.) Accountability 7 • Focus on cost improvement by achieving significant negotiated savings year over year while maintaining and improving quality and service levels. • Focus on cash flow improvement targets & develop/Deploy cost reduction initiatives. Accountability 8 • Lead Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) process with key suppliers. Execute governance and escalation models to manage those relationships. Asses supplier performance based on quality, service, innovation and commercial relations. • Develop mechanisms and metrics to track supplier performance related to delivery, quality, and cost • Support top line growth via Innovation, Value initiatives by recommending and leading identified improvements Accountability 9 • Ensure an effective and efficient integration and engagement with remote teams or colleagues. • Where applicable, manage and supervise the work performed of direct reports, guiding them in their daily activities. Collaborate with PSSC on the agreed sourcing processes. • If applicable, improve the team performance by setting clear objectives, reviewing achievements, assessing training needs and providing development opportunities. Requirements • University degree • Fluency in Japanese and English • Minimum 5 years working experience in Buy/Sell Procurement/Supply Chain or Commercial function • Logistics experience (either in Procurement or business) is preferred (such as with 3PL assessment and implementations) • Knowledge on E-Commerce and Omnichannel implementation will be a plus • Proven experience in procurement and strategic sourcing (incl. market analysis, long-term strategy development, TCO, risk management, negotiations, supplier selection and management, cost reductions and cash flow) • Master the cost structure of all services (Operations, Logistics, Call Center, Brand Retail, as well as Finance, etc.), as well as the supplier’s footprint • Proven Account Management skills required to create, maintain, and enhance customer service towards internal stakeholders • Minimum 2 years of experience in people management What we offer Our success depends on the men and women who come to work every single day with a sense of purpose and an appetite for progress. Join PMI and you too can: • Seize the freedom to define your future and ours – we’ll empower you to take risks, experiment and explore • Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone’s contribution is respected; collaborate with some of the world’s best people and feel like you belong • Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business – our staggering size and scale provides endless opportunities to progress • Take pride in delivering our promise to society: to improve the lives of a billion smokers Join a global market leader PMI is the world’s leading international tobacco company, with six of the world's top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, including the number one global cigarette brand, and other tobacco products, PMI is engaged in the development and commercialization of Reduced-Risk Products (“RRPs”). RRPs is the term we use to refer to products that present, are likely to present, or have the potential to present less risk of harm to smokers who switch to these products versus continued smoking. We have a range of RRPs in various stages of development, scientific assessment and commercialization. Because our RRPs do not burn tobacco, they produce far lower quantities of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than found in cigarette smoke. For more information, see and PMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.