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Title:  Cluster Category Manager (Indirect Procurement)

Job ID:  49285
Country:  Philippines
City:  BGC, Taguig City
Professional area:  Procurement
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

BGC, Taguig City, 00, PH, 1634


We’re JTI, Japan Tobacco International, and we believe in freedom

We think that the possibilities are limitless when you’re free to choose. We’ve spent the last 20 years innovating and creating new and better products for our consumers to choose from. It’s how we’ve grown to be present in 130 countries, and how we’ve grown from 40 to 4,000+ employees in the Philippines since 2009.
But our business isn’t just business, our business is our people. Their talent. Their potential. We believe that when they’re free to be themselves, to grow, travel and develop, amazing things can happen for our business. That’s why our employees, from around the world, choose to be a part of JTI. It’s why 9 out of 10 would recommend us to a friend, and why we’ve been recognized as INVESTORS IN PEOPLE in the Philippines.


It’s the perfect moment for you to #JoinTheIdea. We’re opening our Global Business Service center in the heart of BGC Manila and looking for more than 300 bright minds to join a global multinational with an exciting start-up vibe.




You are responsible for managing procurement activities for the General Services and NPS category within own cluster for JTI entities in Philippines in additional to supporting the local organization with other strategic procurement activities. Works in close collaboration with global category lead for appointed category and local management for all other strategic sourcing and contracting initiatives. As well as effective management of local supplier relations. Contributes to the development of assigned category and implements the right procurement strategy in close collaboration with business partners within own cluster. Secures the supply of goods and services required by the organization to the specified quality, service and cost criteria through the implementation of harmonized and consistent sourcing strategies. Critical success factors encompass implementation of global category strategies within the cluster. Business partnership mindset is a must.



Category Managment Strategy: 

  • Responsible for procurement activities of the appointed business category within own cluster.
  • Rolls-out appropriate strategies setforth by the Global Category Lead, provides sound direction for appointed category and ensures close collaboration with all cluster stakeholers.
  • Works in close collaboration with Global Category Lead/Procurement Cluster Lead to ensure global startegy considers local requirements and that suppliers' list is managed in the most efficient & effective manner for the cluster.

Suppliers' Management:

  • Identifies and manages regional/local suppliers' pool.
  • Negotiates strategic contracts and ensures optimum and sustainable supply conditions.
  • Recommends timely strategic decisions where relevant to prevent procurement inefficiencies.
  • Ensures sustainability of supply and effective supplier relationship management throughout the supply chain.
  • Demonstrates ability to challenge status quo, proposes and runs projects that will add value to both Procurement and business functions.
  • Provides necessary support to Global or Regional procurement teams for implementation.
  • Supports Global Category Leads to build Innovation & Sustainability strategy with Global suppliers and promotes any ideas that could represent a competitive advantage for JTI.

KPIs & Targets:

  • Achieves set Procurement negotiation targets and KPIs. Plans and delivers Savings targets.
  • Develops and recommends strategic sourcing plan/decisions.
  • Leads and /or supports supplier bidding processes in close cooperation with respective business partners to ensure best combination of quality, cost and service parameters / conditions for products and services are attained.
  • Drives strategy implementation at local and cluster level for assigned category and monitors performance.
  • Ensures corrective actions are taken when required. 

Business Partnership:

  • Focuses on demonstrating value of Business Partnership, by developing a customer-oriented approach.
  • Aligns strategy with key business partners and ensures it meets Business' priorities.
  • Establishes alignment and effective communication among procurement organization, business partners and suppliers.
  • Takes preventive actions to avoid supply issues and resolves problems in due time.
  • Assumes responsibilities for additional projects, tasks as assigned by his/her superior and reflect core behaviors in all aspects of work.

Market Intelligence:

  • Shares Category intelligence, identifies trends and opportunities.
  • Applies best practices in procurement process management by utilizing latest models and takes necessary actions for areas of improvement.
  • Conducts supply risk assessments, builds contingency plans, finds alternative ideas, solutions in securing best conditions for the company including extensive market research and proactive sourcing of innovative suppliers. 



  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent .
  • At least with 3-5 years experience in similar environment in a multinational company
  • Good knowledge in procurement activities for the General Service and NSP category
  • Strong background in FMCG environment is an advantage
  • Strong analytical skills, project management skills and presentation skills.
  • Proficient in Proficient in MS Tools and SAP
  • Good written and verbal English communication skills
  • Currently on a work from home set up but should be amenable to do 30%- 40% field working



  • Work in JTI Philippines Headquarters Taguig
  • Be covered with medical insurance upon hiring, with dependent coverage and medicine allowance
  • Receive bonuses and cash allowances such as meal and transport allowance
  • Have access to over 200 company training
  • Well-being programs for employees
  • Opportunities for your career growth
  • Recreational facilities in the office - Videoke, billiard and table tennis
  • Be part of a truly international and diverse company with over 40,000 employees in 130 countries.
  • Experience the culture of an Investors in People certified company
  • Find out why 9 out of 10 employees recommend us to a friend.
  • Understand why 9 out of 10 employees say they feel free to be themselves.



  • Thank you very much for your interest in the role. You are welcome to apply.
  • We will make sure every candidate will receive a reply within 2 weeks after the application deadline.


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