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Global Electrification & Sustainability Additives Procurement Manager

Global Electrification & Sustainability Additives Procurement Manager

  • Location United Kingdom - South East - Pangbourne
  • Travel required Yes - up to 25%
  • Job category Marketing Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 146918BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

Lead the development and execution of the additive’s strategy for Global Electrification Additives Category and Sustainability for all Additives Categories.
This role is critical to the business success of Castrol as it has a direct influence on the cost of raw materials for EVs and thereby product pricing to our customers and ultimately our competitiveness in these sectors.
Regular travel to Hamburg Germany will be required as part of this role max once per month.
Key accountabilities
  • Strategy: Approve and communicate category sourcing strategies for Electric Vehicles and Thermal Fluids and ultimately sign off supplier selections. Develop a sustainability strategy for all Additive Categories which is integrated to the wider Castrol and bp strategy
  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with all relevant external laws and regulations e.g., International Trade Sanctions and internal bp requirements and processes e.g., HSSE, counter party due diligence etc.
  • Contracting: Ensure a high degree of contract coverage for relevant sectors and that contracts are robust to serve the business including supply security e.g., cyber, force majeure and compensation clauses.
  • Value: Drive the procuring team to create value for the business e.g., maximising cost of goods savings both sustainable and non-sustainable, ensuring supply continuity via sourcing strategy and contracts and managing complex negotiations where required. Source and appraise sustainability opportunities for lubricants and present these to the Path 360 team.
  • Supplier Management: Lead the management of suppliers relating to the electrification category and sustainability for additives including the relationship with the suppliers.
    • Working closely with technology, marketing and the business develop governance frameworks to ensure collaboration with the suppliers to develop the right products at the lowest cost with improved sustainability.
    • Drive efficiencies and performance improvement at the suppliers and where necessary lead on the renumeration to bp where a supplier has failed to meet their contractual duties e.g., supply or quality incidents.
    • Create competition between suppliers to maximise value to bp.
  • Stakeholder Management:
    • Lead the engagement and alignment of key decisions with senior stakeholders in the EV businesses including Marketing, Sales, Technology & Supply Chain etc.
    • Engage wider bp functions including sustainability team, finance procurement, global product stewardship, logistics, safety, and quality teams as required.
  • Market Insights: Proactively bring market insights and competitive intelligence on EVs and sustainability into the businesses to keep them informed and up to date on the wider market.

Key challenges faced in the role
  • The role is a highly dynamic role with a mix of short-term deliverables and longer-term strategic intent and the job holder is expected to manage these effortlessly.
  • The role is global in nature with many key markets and stakeholders out of region. Senior stakeholders need to be managed e.g., VP of Marketing, VP of Supply Chain, Technology and Head of Countries.
  • There will be significant problems to deal with on a regular basis for example supply shortages, quality issues, trade sanctions involving legal teams and pricing pressures to name a few.

Summary Decision Rights
  • DOA for all global sourcing of Electrification additives globally with growing annual spend.
  • Set the long term, annual and GFO plans and forecasts for Electrification additives.
  • Set the Electrification additives sourcing strategy and supplier selection.
Job Holder Requirements

  • University degree level. A technical background / training is valuable and preferred.
  • German language skills desirable.
  • Deep work experience in a relevant commercial discipline is required including experience of negotiating, stakeholder and supplier management, strong communications, diplomatic and managerial skills are required.
  • Experience of sustainability principles, pathways and life cycle analyses is preferred.
Skills & Competencies
  • Global sourcing category strategy development driven by data and communicating / gaining alignment with snr stakeholders. Can work hand in hand with the business and stakeholders and uses business insights to inform strategy and decision-making while also bringing supply and market insights back to the business.
  • Negotiation – Is capable of developing negotiation strategies and target outcomes for challenging situations consulting business stakeholders, and other subject matter experts. Reviews negotiation strategies produced by others, providing insights and suggested improvements.
  • Identifies innovative contracting strategies and mechanisms for large, complex, global contracts that drive contract performance and mitigates risk. Demonstrates deep contracting knowledge in relevant categories. Fully engages business stakeholders and suppliers to collaborate and co-create appropriate and meaningful contract documents driving superior outcomes for all parties.
  • Develops strategic supplier relationships to deliver value improvements for the business. Influences senior stakeholders regarding complex matters impacting strategic supplier relationships to drive outcomes required for value creation.
  • Leads the identification of risk, interconnectivities between different risks and identification of new risk mitigation measures. Identifies major supply chain risks and takes appropriate remedial action in a timely manner through organisational channels in instances of non-compliance.
  • Makes effective decisions on relevant global issues related to own area of expertise. Reaches decisions based on abstract, ambiguous, complex information from a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Prioritise the team – work with the team, empower them to be their best.
  • Do the right thing – compliance is key in procurement, and we need to be always on our guard to ensure we are compliant.
  • Know the Competition – our suppliers are a window to the world, and they work with our competition also. Drive best practice and efficiencies in all we do.
  • Put yourself in other people’s shoes – we don’t always see the whole picture, work with suppliers collaboratively to solve problems and maximise value.

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