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Aberdeen - Westhill

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We are looking for an enthusiastic SCM Category Specialist to join our team at our East Campus office in Westhill, Aberdeen. This is a full-time, staff role where you will be responsible for the procurement of complex product category(s) supporting tendering on the project including pre and post award management.

What will you be doing?

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Work collaboratively with Tendering/Sales & Marketing to achieve key target award goals such as meeting local content requirements, achieving a fast-track delivery and providing best overall value for the tender submission. 
  • Responsible and accountable, unsupported, for tender and subcontract activities for an allocated category and be the focal point of contact for SCM.
  • Ensure clear category procurement strategies are developed for key tenders and there is an appropriate balance between internal benchmarking and external Request for Quotations (RFQs). 
  • Prepare Request for Quotations / Invitation to Tenders for goods and services in line with, allocated budgets, quality and delivery targets.
  • Ensure that all category subcontracts for the project provide best value and contractual position with regards to risk evaluation, budget adherence and delivery.
  • Prepare and coordinate the placement of subcontracts/purchase orders that ensures compliance with category strategies and project procurement plan.
  • Organize KOM (Kick off Meetings) and attend PPM (Pre-production Meetings) with Vendors
  • Follow up the weekly progress of category complex/critical packages awarded to suppliers. Ensure regular progress updates are provided to the assigned SCM Subcontract Specialist/Project Team.
  • Expedite orders and ensure all documentation are received on time.
  • Expedite invoices and close out of projects in timely manner.
  • Negotiate any disputes that may arise in the supply chain.
  • Deliver briefs, updates and reports as and when required.
  • Complete an evaluation of a supplier’s performance / lessons learned with the category and project team as appropriate.
  • Proactively participate in global category networking groups where relevant
  • Continuously monitor the market for allocated category particularly for category pricing and capacity.  Thereafter, advise / implement category mitigation plans, such as new supplier qualification, frame agreements and supplier partnering to secure capacity in the supply chain.
  • Conduct regular category meetings with key regional functional stakeholders to review and take appropriate action in relation category strategies and support business/project requirements.
  • Support category team to present category strategy updates to the senior management team annually.
  • Support the Subcontract team with any assignments based on business workload activities within each group.  Collaboration on work assignments across Subcontract, Category and Tendering activities will be required and also to strengthen cross-functional knowledge and experience within each team.

What experience would we like you to have?

Please note, if you don’t tick all the boxes below but feel you have some of the relevant skills and experience we’re looking for, please do consider applying. We would encourage you to apply with a CV that highlights your transferable skills and experience.

Professional Qualifications / Experience

  • Significant role relevant experience in the Upstream Oil & Gas/Renewables Industry and in Supply Chain Management.
  • Pre and post award experience in EPCI environment or experience in supporting EPCI Tenders within SCM.
  • Pre and post award experience in procurement of complex Category/Commodities in Oil & Gas/Renewables Industry.
  • IT proficient across the MS Suite. SAP/SAP Ariba is desirable.
  • CIPs (or other relevant industry qualification) desirable.

Person Specification

  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, maintains positive collaborative relationships at all levels across a multicultural global environment.
  • Confident networking with an established ability to negotiate and influence.
  • Numeric, with the ability to work with detail and accuracy.
  • Pro-active planning and organising skills, able to identify and effectively prioritise workload and efficiently meet multiple, often competing deadlines.
  • Flexible to adapt to changing priorities within a fast-paced 24/7 global business.
  • Pro-active with a solutions-based approach, willing to challenge the status quo.
  • Demonstrates initiative and ownership to deliver workload unsupervised while flexible to support wider team activities.
  • Committed to continuous improvement and identification of efficient work methods and processes.

What do we offer?

  • Career development – with access to a range of learning and development opportunities, as well as being part of a culture that encourages growth and development
  • Flexible working – lots of our people work flexibly in different ways. Whether it’s hybrid, part-time or flexitime working. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but let’s have a discussion to see how we can make it work.
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave/adoption leave
  • A fantastic benefits package – which includes a generous holiday allowance, pension scheme, discounted health and wellbeing packages, electric car salary sacrifice scheme and more.

Who are we?

We are Subsea7, a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services for the energy industry. We make offshore energy transition possible through the continuous evolution of lower-carbon oil and gas and by enabling the growth of renewables and emerging energy.

At Subsea7, we are looking for people who think differently. We want people who can bring new ideas and who are willing to take on challenges that will enable us to make a positive impact on a global stage.

In turn we will lift you up and encourage you to go further.  Onshore or offshore, embark on a journey of opportunities, continuous learning and development.

Start your journey with us today.

An environment where you can thrive

We recognise that having a diverse team makes us a better, smarter team. Diversity is something we value and regard it as key to our success.

We encourage new ways of thinking and celebrate our wide range of skills that help us continually challenge the status quo and inspire innovation. An inclusive and diverse environment fosters creativity, improves decision-making and introduces new ways of thinking.

Our people are at the heart of what we do at Subsea7 and we are committed to creating an environment where everyone can thrive. Fair employment practices, fair treatment for all individuals and equal opportunity on the basis of merit are the foundation of how we work and develop together.

What happens next?

If you would like to apply for this role, simply click the Apply button found on this page.  

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Here are 3 top tips to help you submit a successful application:

  • Make sure your CV is up-to-date and highlights the transferable skills and experience you can bring to this role.
  • We would encourage you to include a cover letter as part of your application. It’s your chance to tell us why you would be a brilliant addition to our team.
  • Take your time with your application and check there are no errors such as spelling mistakes.

Once you have submitted your application, we will be in touch as soon as possible with next steps.

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