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Procurement Business Partner

POSITION SNAPSHOT

JobReq ID:  51929
Type of work:  Hybrid
Type of contract:  Open-ended/permanent
Full/Part Time:  Full time
Location: 

Poznań, PL

OUR COMPANY

Bridgestone in Europe, CIS, Middle East, India and Africa (BSEMIA), headquartered in Zaventem (Belgium), is a subsidiary of  Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions.

In addition to our premium tire products, we offer a growing portfolio of tire-centric and mobility solutions. Together with our partners and guided by "Serving Society with Superior Quality”, that has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931, we are  working to accelerate sustainable mobility innovations and solutions. Through innovative technology,  we are committed to easier, safer, smoother and seamless mobility for our society and customers improving how people move, live, work and play.

Bridgestone also benefits from a significant retail network throughout the region – in fact our retail presence in the EMIA region is the largest in the tire industry. Through 17 distinct retail partners, we have around 3,500 outlets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as around 2,500 outlets through our partner network in India. This network offers a selection of services, concepts and mobility solutions.

At Bridgestone we pride ourselves on the strong relationships we maintain with everyday drivers and this extensive retail network is one of the core reasons why.

You can learn more about our Group at https://bridgestone-emia.com/

In line with the “Bridgestone Essence”, our work environment is based on integrity and teamwork, where everyone can learn from each other and contribute with their own ideas in achieving the coming goals.

We want to hear from people who can take the challenge, unleash their creative potential and contribute to the company success demonstrating ownership, courage and agility. We want you to develop your skills, expand your knowledge and be proud of your work.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Procurement Procurement Business Partner - Logistics & Supply Chain Management

 

Job purpose:

 

 

As a Procurement Business Partner (Procurement BP) in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (LSCM), you will be responsible for creating the bridge between the central and regional LSCM Management team, the LSCM business controlling function and the extended procurement organization, adapting EMEA central sourcing strategies to the regional business needs.

 

As LSCM Procurement Business Partner you will:

 

  • speak the language of the business & understand requirements on logistics and overall supply chain services  

 

  • serve as the procurement contact for
    • primary transportation needs, encompassing various modes such as road, rail, air, or sea (and satellite services: i.e 4PLs services, custom brokers etc.)
    • warehousing, secondary and last mile distribution activities

 

  • The above will involve tailoring procurement strategies that align with the organization's broader goals. This includes analyzing and optimizing supply chain logistics, negotiating with suppliers for the best terms and cost efficiencies, and ensuring high service levels from third party logistics companies.

 

  • effectively participate in cross-functional activities to guide and direct procurement strategies, communicate sourcing limitations, and articulate supply risk mitigation strategies.
  • execute or support the execution of key sourcing projects, negotiations and contractual arrangements

 

  • feel comfortable engaging in financial exercises, including regular participation in budgeting and forecasting reviews throughout the year

 

  • understand and have some experience in P2P processes through SAP & Ariba

 

 

Your profile:

 

You are someone who shapes your own development. You are looking for a company where you have the opportunity to keep challenging and developing yourself, both personally and professionally. Your job description does not define who you are and does not limit what you do, but rather is the starting point from which you look further to create value for your customers and the team.

 

Your organizational skills are exceptional, and you possess a keen eye for detail. Your analytical capabilities allow you to effectively conceptualize and devise solutions after thorough analysis. With a focus on results and solutions, you consistently adhere to the highest quality standards.

 

You are a dynamic individual who is adept at working remotely, capable of effectively collaborating with diverse teams located in various countries. This role requires a candidate who can navigate the complexities of cross-cultural communication and maintain productivity in a geographically dispersed work environment.

 

You hold a university or bachelor's degree and/or you have accumulated several years of experience in procurement or logistics roles.

 

You thrive in a performance-driven environment that values mutual respect, open discussion, and collaboration. Your proactive nature leads you to take initiative and exceed expectations.

 

Your negotiation skills are well-developed, accompanied by experience in crafting contracts.

 

You are proficient in English both in writing and speaking.

 

 

Additional context/ position responsibilities:

 

  • Understand key objectives for LSCM and Bridgestone, align people to objectives and set priorities and direction
  • Influence teams and individuals positively, leading by example and establishing confident relationships with increasingly senior people
  • Provide subject matter expertise, industry perspective and relevant point of view to drive value
  • Develop business stakeholder relationships and be the link between regional and/or local Management team and the extended procurement organization responsible for executing
  • Act as a trusted advisor in LSCM domain, by being the procurement primary point of contact for LSCM, orchestrating procurement needs for core categories
  • Understand LSCM strategy, challenges and requirements for procurement, leverage category expertise to advise on specs, innovation and policies to optimize TCO
  • Coordinate the activities to establish a common agreed category strategy and sourcing wave plan
  • Contribute to budget definition with the business and finance in collaboration with the extended procurement organization
  • Support the development of the strategic framework and procurement roadmap for LSCM
  • Coordinate the right procurement support to execute the sourcing strategies at business level
  • Manage relationships with other Procurement staff remotely
  • For specific initiatives, actively negotiate strategic deals
  • Validate supplier selection with Business stakeholders and ensure new contracts/suppliers are suitable for business purposes
  • Influence the balance sheet of Bridgestone EMEA through development and robust implementation of best procurement practices
  • Follow up on procurement savings realization
  • Ensure Procurement policies and purchasing processes are being communicated, understood and applied locally, including proper use of procurement tools
  • Support the implementation , training and continuous improvement of SAP P2P/ Ariba P2P

 

 

 

Required capabilities:

 

  • Able to deal with uncertainty and with organizations and functions that are constantly adapting
  • Experience in category management and strategic sourcing process in the area of logistics and supply chain with a special focus on primary transportation
  • Fully fluent in English; additional languages are a plus
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills and ability to form and grow own network
  • Solid stakeholders management skills
  • Business acumen, capacity to understand and translate logistics requirements and needs into actionable decisions
  • Proven decision making/problem solving
  • Results oriented with proven record in terms of delivering results
  • Ability to work independently to identify and research relevant market, industry/peer company, and supplier information
  • Ability to challenge, understand different point of views and lead to a common conclusion

 

Experience:

 

7 years+ and above

 

  • Experience in working in an international environment

 

  • Experience in working with cross-functional teams (procurement, business, finance)

 

  • Experience in logistics & supply chain management and in procurement of LSCM category

 

  • Supply market knowledge is a plus

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

All applications will be reviewed. Our Recruitment team will contact the suitable applicants for the next step of the recruitment process.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

DISCLAIMER

Diversity and inclusion are a central part of Bridgestone EMEA’s values at the highest level. This is key for our people to show a passion for excellence for improving society connected to the world in which we live. Our commitment to diversity, is linked to our founders mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’, which is essential in shaping and creating the organization, serving all people, respectfully, connected to our business. We recognize that everyone is different and that attracting, developing and retaining our employees will create a sustainable working environment which is essential to our success. This means that all job applicants and members of staff will receive equal treatment and that we will not discriminate in particular on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

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