We are looking for you with experience from leading and managing both people and business in a global context with a genuine interest in securing a great customer experience. You make change happen by engaging and motivating people around you, as you lead business through people, both in a remote and an onsite environment. We see that you get motivated to build and maintain strong business relationships with external partners. You are an excellent communicator with an interest in cross-functional collaboration and partnerships. You have a strong business mind-set and knowledge about the market we are operating on. You are passionate about continuous learning and development as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.
To be successful in this role you need proven record (5+ years) of operating in complex sourcing projects, negotiation and supplier development initiatives. You have knowledge in following areas: • Fluent in English both written and spoken • Excellent business knowledge, understanding of key performance measurement used to plan, follow up and steer the business with a customer-centric approach • Deep knowledge of market specific conditions and macro-economic trends
The Sourcing Manager will lead, steer and develop the sourcing agenda and ensure an effective and efficient procurement team will deliver to the total needs of the business striving for volume and economies of scale, across categories for a group of 10 countries that are part of the South & East Europe cluster. In this role, you’ll : • Execute on the category plan and priorities • Build and maintain partnerships with key suppliers and drive supplier development • Lead sourcing projects and through proactive market monitoring give input about sourcing options • Create transparency of information, break down silos and facilitate free flow of ideas across teams and organisations • Secure cross-organisational readiness and continued business growth in terms of competence, performance and succession through enabling an end-to-end approach. You’ll lead the development of the team based on the organisational and people development direction to secure the right competences, performance and succession.
Your location will be at the IKEA Service office in Milan, Italy and you will report to our Category Manager.
ABOUT THIS WORK AREA
We are Ingka Procurement, part of Ingka Group. We bring IKEA into the lives of the many people in more than 30 countries around the world. As IKEA grows it will be increasingly important that we have a way of sourcing and supplying that is fit to grow with IKEA. Together with colleagues all over the world we work to identify and understand all kinds of needs related to IKEA operations. Together with our suppliers we meet those needs innovatively, cost-effectively and with sustainability built in from the start. We secure a high-performing supplier base that can contribute to and grow together with IKEA in the future. Our ambition is to develop meaningful and better procurement!”