Job Description To provide procurement category subject matter expertise, to develop and implement Procurement category strategies that will deliver sustainable competitive advantage across the region within the specific category, through: Engaging with Stakeholders through VAVE workshops to develop most relevant product/service specifications Designing and deploying category and sourcing strategies that align to the business and divisional strategies and requirements Delivering sustainable competitive through the effective sourcing and management of the supply chain within the categories Minimizing Smiths risk exposure within the category Utilizing best in class procurement practices. Duties & Responsibilities Company-wide responsibilities: Understanding how procurement impacts the overall business and divisional strategies Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders within the business, to align category strategies with the business' needs Promote and communicate the value of the Indirect Procurement function across the business Procurement responsibilities: Strategy & deployment: Design and implementation of [insert category name] category strategies across the division/regions that deliver: Alignment with the business (divisions) or functional stakeholders' strategies & objectives Deliver sustainable cost benefits aligned to the business and divisional strategy plans, maximizing the commercial levers available in the category Deliver other performance targets such as service, quality, supply chain and risk management. Develop and maintain deep supply market knowledge and tools that drive innovative sourcing solutions within the category Lead budget process and target settings for the category/region in alignment with Regional heads and Global category managers Drive the use of best practice procurement processes & systems across the wider stakeholder community Supplier management: Develop and maintain supplier relationship management (SRM) plans for key suppliers identified within the category Set Strategic Supplier Reviews planning for Focus300 and targeted suppliers Implement Smiths contracts framework Reporting and systems: Ensure transparency, accuracy, and consistency of data in Smiths Procurement System (SPS) Manage accurate and on time functional and business reporting against agreed procurement performance metrics Processes & policy conduct procurement activities in accordance with stated business processes, ethics, CSR and other business policies and processes. Diversity & Inclusion We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds are what make a company flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, economic status, disability, age, or any other legally protected characteristics. We are proud to be an inclusive company with values grounded in equality and ethics, where we celebrate, support, and embrace diversity. The Individual Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Experience: Track record of successfully managing and delivering long term sustainable business benefits within: the specified categories in an enterprise corporate environment of similar complexity to that of Smiths Strategic Sourcing: extensive experience of using leading category management tools and techniques to develop and execute category strategies across a complex stakeholder environment Deep category insight and understanding of the category markets, risks, commercial levers and sourcing options. Negotiation: Extensive experience in developing and executing complex negotiation plans. Stakeholder management: enhanced interpersonal skills which build trusting business relationships in a suitably supportive and collaborative way. Communication: Able to adopt alternative communication style and methods for the target audience. Experienced in: best practice communication tools and techniques both written and verbal presentation drafting and delivery both in person and virtually. Reporting & analytics Experienced in using data to create insight and drive effective decision making. Planning and Decision Making: Ability to work under pressure, in a complex multi-functional virtual team environment. Impact and Scope: This role will impact performance and practices across the category increasing procurements delivering sustainable benefits and maximum competitive advantage from the spend in the category. Key Internal and External Relationships : Regional Head of Procurement Key functional stakeholders within functions where HR/Professional Services is a key spend area, across SSA and all divisions within the region Regional & Global category managers About Smiths At Smiths we apply leading-edge technology to design, manufacture and deliver market-leading innovative solutions that meet our customers' evolving needs, and touch the lives of millions of people every day. We are a FTSE100, global business of around 23,000 colleagues, based in 55 countries. Our solutions have a real impact on lives across the planet, enabling industry, improving healthcare, enhancing security, advancing connectivity and supporting new homes. Our products and services are often critical to our customers' operations, while our proprietary technology and high service levels help create competitive advantage. We welcome colleagues with a curious mind, who are happy with responsibility, enjoy a challenge and are attracted by the idea of working at a business with an almost 170 year history of innovation, and five global divisions, all experts in their field. About Smiths Group Smiths Group plc is a global entity with 5 distinct trading Divisions. Smiths Business Information Services, commonly known as "BIS," is Smiths Group's internal IT organisation, supporting the Group's business divisions and corporate centre. Key priorities include delivery of all day to day IT services, development of new IT solutions and services and helping colleagues protect the company's information assets.