Local Category Manager Employment Opportunity – Hima Cement Ltd (LafargeHolcim Group)


Job Title:    Local Category Manager

Organisation: Hima
Cement Ltd (LafargeHolcim Group)

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: Country
Head of Procurement

Vacancy Code:


About US:

Hima Cement Ltd. is
a subsidiary of Bamburi Cement Ltd. which is a member of the LafargeHolcim
Group. LafargeHolcim is the leading producer of building materials in the
world. Hima Cement works with all actors in the building and construction
industry in Uganda – manufacturing and supplying a wide range of building and
construction solutions designed to meet housing and construction needs from
small projects like individual home buildings to major construction and
infrastructure projects. Whether supplying high-quality cement to a craftsman
or helping leading architects explore and deliver creative possibilities, Hima is
committed to providing solutions that fit the needs of all its clients.


Job Summary:  The Local Category Manager provides support
for the development of category practices for local categories, including
support in relation to sourcing strategy definition, deployment, and
stakeholder management. The Local Category Manager supports the implementation
of Global strategies in the country, to maximise total cost of ownership
savings and procurement value contribution. Under the guidance of Regional and
Global Category Managers / Directors, he/she supports the implementation of
Global Category strategies by supporting strategic sourcing initiatives and
procurement optimisation projects.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Execute the
procurement strategy process and implementation / sourcing execution for a set
of local categories in a Cross Functional Team setting

internal and external analysis (industry and supplier) in collaboration with
Regional Category Team, Sourcing Analysts and Category Managers from other
countries, as a member of a cross functional sourcing team

the procurement strategy development process as defined by Global and Regional
Category Managers / Directors and involve the Procurement Specialists when

supplier selection and make recommendations for final decision

fact based negotiations in consultation with the Regional / Global Category
Manager / Director

stakeholder and local alignments and approvals as required

knowledge transfer and exchange by creating and storing project deliverables
and relevant tools and templates in knowledge repositories

measures and controls for the country to ensure and track successful
implementation in alignment with the global KPI framework.

Local/Regional/Global categories in the country, leads contract implementation
& drives contract compliance

Work in
close collaboration with Procurement Specialists and Global Category Managers
and Directors to ensure local acceptance of new contracts

contract implementation tasks with Procurement Specialists and users

monitor internal customers contract compliance, define and take approved
corrective actions to improve contract compliance in alignment with the
Regional Category Manager/Director and Country Head of Procurement

Manage supplier
relationships for local categories

In line
with defined procurement strategy, support the classification and
categorization of suppliers, including definition of supplier evaluation and
audit policies

track supplier performance (utilizing data / reports provided by Sourcing

supplier development activities; set up cross functional review meetings with
suppliers in order to improve performance and further reduce cost

and conduct supplier audits according to the globally defined framework under
the guidance of Global Category Director / Manager

potential contract improvement opportunities & re-negotiations

Manage internal
customer relationships for local categories

internal customers feedback on procurement organization and supplier

periodic surveys to measure customer feedback for continuous improvement

the framework of the cross functional sourcing and supplier development teams,
closely develop and manage the relationship with internal customers

organize sessions with internal customers to identify further TCO/TVO reduction

and reinforce procurement’s profile and recognition within the internal
customer community

Execute large Spot

the Procurement Specialists/Spot Buyer to source major unplanned ad hoc
demands, in alignment with regional category manager, to keep control over high
spend utilizing deep sourcing / category expertise in line with the Source to
Contract Policy


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the Hima Cement Local Category Manager job should hold a
Bachelors of Honors Degree in a Procurement and Supply Management or a related
qualification from a recognized University.

qualifications in CIPS or its equivalent is an additional requirement.

knowledge and experience of spend area at hand is preferred, with substantial
professional experience (3-5 years) in the same functional domain or other
related positions

skills in the Electronic Procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning system
(ERP) like SAP is an added advantage.

possess a Valid Driver’s license; i.e. 2 years’ experience in driving and accident

Analysis such as Spend & Demand Analysis, specification analysis, Supply
Market & Competitor Analysis and Value Chain & Total Cost Analysis

Changing Strategic competences such as Value Identification, Risk Management
& Commodity Modelling, sustainability and Strategy Development

Execution competences such as Value Engineering, Tendering, Negotiation and

Excellence such as Value Pipeline Management, Supplier Management, Category
& Supply Chain Expertise and Procurement Applications & Master Data

effectiveness i.e. Communicating with Impact, drive for results and teamwork

Excellence such as Building Relationships, Project Management & Planning
and Challenging & Influencing business partners.

Leadership that involves dealing with ambiguity

results oriented.

Able to
plan and prioritise

dealing with people and a good listener

tolerant & determined

Able to
work extended hours when required

to work anywhere within Uganda is added advantage


NB: Hima
cement will offer a competitive remuneration package to the successful


How to Apply:

All candidates that
know that they meet the above criteria and have what it takes to excel in the
above position, should send their CVs, which should include details of email
address (if any), present position, current remuneration,
Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus telephone
contact to the stipulated email address not later than 12th December, 2020.
(Email your application and CV to career.applications.hima@lafargeholcim.com
and let’s save the environment).


Key Notes:

Cement Limited is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a recruitment
fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process

sure that your application letter, CV and certificates are attached as one

the Vacancy Code as the subject for your email. (Check on top of this advert
for details)

shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Any form
of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.


Address to:


The Human Resource
Manager – Corporate

Hima Cement Ltd,
Namanve Industrial Area

P.O Box 7230 Kampala.


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