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Title:  Procurement Cluster Lead Morocco and North Africa

Job ID:  24533
Country:  Egypt
City:  Cairo
Professional area:  Procurement
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

JTI is a leading international tobacco company with operations in more than 120 countries. We’re the global owner of world-renowned brands such as Winston, the number two cigarette brand in the world, and Camel (outside the US). Our global brands also include Mevius, LD and Natural American Spirit, and we manufacture the internationally recognized Logic e-cigarette brand and Ploom Tech, a major brand in the heated tobacco category.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, we employ over 45’000 people across the globe. We were recently awarded Global Top Employer for the fifth consecutive year with regional Top Employer Certification in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, Africa and the Middle East. This is recognition of our outstanding talent strategy, energizing culture and commitment to learning and development.

We are a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies. For more information visit www.jti.com.


The position exists to manage the Procurement Operations within assigned cluster. This sub-regional role has the following main dimensions:

  1. Manage and motivate a mix of local/remote teams to deliver optimal service and value to all JTI operating units in the cluster. Responsible for fostering close collaboration with all key stakeholders and Global Business Service function to support the Procurement brand and outreach. With straight reporting line to the Regional Procurement Lead and dotted line to the local CFO.
  2. Build and maintain a strong business partnership with all local management teams within the cluster (CFOs, Legal, HR, Global Business Shared Service center) by fostering trust through continuous engagement (both quantitative and qualitative).
  3. Be accountable for all procurement activities within the Cluster including ensuring category management strategy is aligned to the global strategies set forth by the Global Category Leads and ASP plans. Drive Cluster and Local cost reduction and continuous improvement initiatives.
  4. Be accountable for the delivery of the Procurement KPI's within the cluster by providing guidance, granting exceptions if required and overseeing all P2P controls in the cluster. Ensuring corrective actions are taken when necessary.


Main Areas of Responsibility


  • Under the leadership of the Regional Procurement Lead, the incumbent supports the definition and manages the implementation of cluster and local procurement strategies by:
    • Ensuring a solid understanding of Global, Regional and Local procurement requirements
    • Identifying and implementing Cluster/Local opportunities for consolidation
    • Implementing and monitoring global/regional applicable category strategies, KPIs, reporting templates and communication procedures
    • Leading the cluster Category Managers to ensure the local/regional supplier base is optimized and appropriate actions are taken to implement global/regional strategies. As well as driving innovation, continuous improvement and synergies within the cluster.
  • Procurement strategy: Work closely with the Global Category Management team and Regional Procurement Lead to support the definition of JTI's Indirect Spend Procurement strategy and analyze cluster spend to identify cluster/local procurement opportunities. Develop, present and validate the annual Cluster Procurement Plan with Regional Procurement Lead. Ensure it is built in the ASP and implement it to deliver procurement benefits to the region. In factories, local procurement teams being also accountable to drive the procurement of locally sources direct materials, ensure a close cooperation with the GSC Procurement team to follow their guidance and ensure procurement strategy is aligned to their global sourcing plan. Be accountable for the delivery of the cluster Procurement KPI's while monitoring achievement of these KPIs by taking corrective actions when necessary.
  • People Management & Leadership: Oversee staff work allocation in the various locations, training needs, mentoring, performance appraisals and succession planning to develop and motivate them to achieve the targeted productivity and other performance goals (accuracy, timeliness, speed, savings, etc.).  Lead the development and management of procurement staff in line with JTI and Global Finance mission, values and strategies. Ensure HR KPI's (i.e. turnover, sick leave) are at desired levels to deliver stable core services. Develop a strong team including succession planning and appropriate development roles for potential leaders in Procurement and broader JTI (finance) organization. Develop a pool of talent, ready to staff centralized Procurement teams and corporate initiatives.
  • Customer Centric organization/Credibility of Target Delivery: build and maintain a strong business partnership with the local/cluster management teams (CFOs, Legal, HR, Global Business Service center) by fostering trust through continuous engagement (both quantitative and qualitative). Ensuring top strategic priorities of budget owners are well understood and captured by local procurement teams within the assigned cluster. As well as work in close collaboration with the Regional Procurement Lead to support the improvement of regional planning, measurement and reporting of cost reduction targets.
  • Compliance: Ensure all P2P controls/policies/procedures are well understood and deployed by local Procurement teams across the cluster. Develop the internal Procurement assessment plan and ensure execution within the cluster. Review its output and implement corrective actions at an individual Procurement level or on a Cluster basis if appropriate. 


Knowledge, Skills, Experience Required


  • University degree ( Finance, Business, Engineering) and Masters (MBA/MSC)
  • At least 3 years managerial role in Procurement / Manufacturing Services / Finance preferably in a multinational company operating in FMCG industry.
  • Experience in managing remote teams in an agile organization.
  • Experience and good understanding of a production environment and market operations. International and local project experience is an asset.
  • English (business language) other language is an asset.
  • Have full understanding of Procure to Pay (P2P) processes including spend analysis and contract/supplier management. Proven expertise in leading effective negotiations is required together with:
    • Strong proven ability to build and maintain sustainable partnership with internal stakeholders
    • Proven leadership skills and people/process/change management 
    • Financial planning and budgeting
    • Effective communication
    • Resilience
    • Broad knowledge in business information systems and strong computer skills. (SAP a strong asset)

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