Category Specialist, Wells & Subsurface


Location: Stavanger ID: HQ00008959
Category Specialist, Wells & Subsurface
 
- Support the Wells & Subsurface Category Lead to carry out category assessments to generate innovative opportunities and robust strategic sourcing plans to support the Wells & Subsurface functions.
- Provide relevant knowledge and understanding of end to end Category Management within the Wells & Subsurface categories.
- Manage assigned portfolio to support the delivery of the annual category plan in support of immediate and/or future Wells & Subsurface requirements
- Ensures value is maximised from the contract negotiation through the whole life cycle of the category.
- Working with key internal stakeholders, manage all procurement activity across the Wells & Subsurface categories. This includes the creation of and implementation of category plans or contract strategies that will ensure delivery in line with business objectives, regulatory requirements and the landing of all value negotiated.
- External Market Expertise:
- Be seen by the business as the Procurement expert for the Wells & Subsurface categories.
- Understand the category and provide insight for the business on some aspects of market dynamics, regulatory framework, suppliers and technical innovations.
- Report changes and updates in the market through proactive governance.
- Procurement: Source and procure a range of goods and services across one or more Wells & Subsurface categories, ensuring optimum value for money within defined service and quality criteria.
- Identify opportunities for, support or lead and evaluate competitive tenders and proposals for the supply of goods and services, negotiating with suppliers on all commercial and contractual matters and applying judgement as to what constitutes an acceptable level of contractual risk and supply resilience.
- Create negotiation strategies and lead simple negotiations.
- Deliver a “fit for purpose” sourcing and selection approach which is flexible, and delivery focussed.
- Provide support to the Wells Category Lead/Category Manager in complex negotiations through data, market or other analysis.
- Contracts: Draft, negotiate and obtain agreement to commercial contracts, ensuring that operational and commercial risks to business are fully understood and minimised.
- Engage internal stakeholders such as the Line (Wells & Subsurface), HSE, Legal, Insurance and Finance when negotiating a contract, to ensure that all related risks have been adequately reviewed and acceptable.
- Be the focal point for Subsurface MLA’s and Agreements.
- Manage most one-off contracts or low value sourcing activities.
- Manage all cost reconciliation and contract close out activities at the end of a project or at contract expiration for assigned portfolio.
- On-going improvements & delivery of Value Add:
- Identify and achieve defined improvement to the bottom line and cost saving targets by examining total acquisition costs and working closely with internal stakeholders and suppliers.
- Support the forecasting of future expenditure patterns within key business segments. Develop appropriate strategies to ensure budgeted value improvements are proactively identified and implemented.
- Challenge business plans where alternate opportunities exist to deliver higher value outcomes, ensuring all options have been duly evaluated.
- Supplier Management
- Within the Category Management framework, develop, build and maintain supplier engagement through appraisal and performance monitoring, value analysis, continuous improvement, supplier / supply base development, compliance and demand management.
- Coordinate multiple stakeholder interfaces and touch points across the business to ensure a consistent approach.
- Ensure compliance to contract terms, both legal and commercial (including value delivery).
- Provide support and sometimes lead the discussion on the management of contractual risk and agree in conjunction with senior stakeholders’ steps to ensure remediation or reduction.
- Provide a good overview of supplier performance to contract and support operational teams, if performance issues arise.
- Resolve contractual and supplier disputes when they occur, protecting the interests of the business at all times and engaging Legal Business Partners where required. Gain appropriate remediation/recompense for the business if appropriate. Escalate to the team lead where such disputes are complicated.
- Ensure robust working relationships with any pre-existing business embedded SRM functions, creating an efficient and seamless flow of activity between the teams for the projects or categories being managed.
- Provide input into the budgeting process in relation to supplier spend and engage on supplier cost saving initiatives, leading where appropriate.
- Challenge requirements and re-negotiate contracts in life and at renewal to optimise value and drive cost savings.
- Team and Tools
- Be a constructive integral member of the wider P&SC team, actively supporting the development and delivery of the P&SC strategic plans and objectives.
- Participate in both Wells and P&SC general team events, in order to foster relationships and breakdown silos.
- Identify and implement opportunities for the appropriate use of e-sourcing techniques and e-technologies to increase commercial value and/or process efficiency.
- Safety and Compliance
- Identify any operational and regulatory risks, escalating as appropriate.
- Operate information systems to the required standard to maintain accurate and secure records.
- Understand and adhere to the company and department standards, policies and procedures.
- Adhere to the Competence and Training procedures, in particular, to promote a culture where customers are treated fairly and are properly informed.
- Develop and maintain strong positive working relationships with senior internal stakeholders, ensuring their requirements are understood and being addressed and that communication channels with them are clear and effective.
 
Qualifications:
- Clear understanding of Category Management principles.
- Detailed understanding of assigned Wells & Subsurface categories portfolio.
- Good knowledge of end to end Category Management including market insight, business partnering, negotiation, on-going supplier management and governance relating to assigned portfolio.
- Experience of simple business significant categories of expenditure through multiple functions within Category Management and maximising, value to the business.
- Demonstrable track record of transformational value delivery through identification and implementation of innovative sourcing strategies, continuous improvement plans and demand management.
- Understanding of general and contract law and applications of LOGIC models (where applicable), in contract development, execution and dispute resolution.
- Demonstrable track record of leading contract negotiations.
- Understanding of the commercial aims and objectives of Spirit Energy.
- Commercial Know-How: Managing for value, is the external market expert, and understands our Customers.
- Can own delivery elements of category wide improvement project
- Competent in use of Company business tools – SAP, MS Packages, Contiki
- Ability to lead/champion Supplier Relationship and Performance Management
- Ability to ensure business compliance with Supply Chain Process.
- Education: Degree educated or appropriate relevant in work experience.
- Membership of CIPS (or equivalent).
- Work Experience: Ability to influence stakeholders and manage conflicting views. Adequate networking and business partnering skills.
- A minimum of three years’ experience supporting the Wells and/or Subsurface categories.
- Experience of working in a matrix organisation.
- Evidence of managing a category through the whole life cycle, ensuring the value created in the negotiation stage hits the bottom line
- Good communication and relationship management skills.
- Good influencing, persuading and negotiating skills.
- Ability to present complex ideas/concepts and take a consultative approach with stakeholders and peers.
- Team player with an ability to manage complex relationships and matrix teams.
- Good analytical skills with the ability to identify and expeditiously exploit commercial opportunities.
- Advanced skills using MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as Contiki and SAP.
- Relevant experience in procurement/category roles supporting the Wells and/or Subsurface functions.
- Good imagination and creativity abilities.
- A proven record of significant cost reductions in goods and services.
- Ability to meet deadlines/deliver on promises.
 
Location:
Stavanger