Christian network seeks a purchase leader

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 March, 2006, 12:00am

Supply chain professionals who are also interested in empowering the women's movement and upholding Christian beliefs can take up this position with a global organisation.

Affiliated with the World YWCA movement and founded in 1920, the Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association is a part of a network spanning many nations, regions and cultures.

The association provides a variety of services in Hong Kong, including running guesthouses for overseas visitors. Locally, it has 60 service centres and employs more than 1,000 people.

The organisation is looking for a procurement manager to lead a purchasing team and to ensure that price, quality and timing expectations are met. The position involves monitoring the procurement process to avoid any potential non-compliance issues.

Knowledge of business metrics and tools used for analysing market prices and trends, and familiarity with advanced industry practices will be important.

Candidates who possess keen business acumen will have an advantage.

Fluency in English and Chinese will help the procurement manager in building supplier relationships and ensuring vendor performance. The person should also have the ability to communicate with people at all levels and be a team player.

The manager should have the skills to give and justify recommendations in a concise and convincing manner.

The ideal candidate will be a strong planner with at least 10 years of experience in sourcing and procurement, with at least five years in a managerial capacity. He or she should be able to recommend new suppliers for partnership agreements.

Candidates should have a university degree in purchasing, supply chain management or finance.

Exposure to an IT vendor environment will be an advantage. Those applying should be proficient in MS Office, particularly in Excel or business intelligence tools.