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Supplier Manager

Apply now Job no: 502729
Work type: Permanent Full-time
Location: VIC Metro
Categories: Procurement

At Kmart, we are where families come first for the lowest prices on everyday items and our vision is to make everyday living brighter for all our customers, every time and everywhere they shop with us. 

Early 2016, Wesfarmers Limited announced a restructure of its department store businesses enabling Kmart and Target to partner in certain areas to maximise on opportunities and efficiencies, all whilst continuing to separately maintain and grow these iconic Australian brands.  Through this restructure, selective business units carry responsibility and decision-making on behalf of both retail brands with the Procurement team being one of these functions.

We are continually improving the in-store experience for our customers and creating an environment that is easy and enjoyable to shop in and have a great team who ensure these changes in our stores are completed efficiently, and with minimal impact to our customers’ shopping experience.

We are now seeking an experienced Supplier Manager to join our Procurement team at Kmart National Office in Mulgrave to build and manage relationships with a portfolio of select suppliers, ensuring they meet or exceed their contractual obligations. Other key responsibilities of this role will include the following:

  • Managing outward communication to suppliers to facilitate understanding and awareness of organisational strategic direction, changes and challenges
  • Delivery of the highest quality service at the lowest cost availability to meets Kmart Group’s standards & requirements
  • Engage with stakeholders to develop strategies and ask questions that clarify complex or ambiguous issues as well as develop close working relationship with store and stakeholder counterparts to ensure efficient market engagement process.
  • Research/analyse markets and establish appropriate sourcing strategies based on experiences from previous projects and/or industries
  • Support Supplier prequalification and coaching of non-compliant suppliers to ensure they are able to qualify in the future
  • Consider further market engagements as necessary, such as negotiations or best and final offers (BAFO), to conclude the formal engagement process.
  • Work collaboratively with other Procurement functions across Kmart Group (Kmart & Target) & the wider Wesfarmers Group or external providers where appropriate

To be successful in securing this role, you will ideally possess the following skills and experience;

  • Supplier Management/Procurement experience, preferably in a large store format retail environment
  • The ability to manage multiple projects/demands with multiple stakeholders
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to manage challenging conversations
  • A highly motivated, enthusiastic and goal driven attitude
  • Prior experience in tender preparation and driving a supplier tender process
  • Advanced skills across Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook combined with a strong commercial mindset and managing costs
  • Previous experience and/or formal qualifications in procurement (preferred)
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel (both to Target Corporate office in William’s Landing , interstate and New Zealand)

You will benefit from joining an amazing business and a dynamic team who are all committed to the success of Kmart and providing our customers with a great shopping experience. Our values – Think Customer, Take Care, Live Integrity, Grow Together and Reach Higher will resonate with you deeply and you’ll enjoy being part of a growing, iconic Australian business that has a fantastic culture that is non-hierarchical, diverse and inclusive. Your work environment will be highly collaborative, fast-paced and progressive, with no two days the same!

You will be afforded autonomy and accountability in your role and have access to development opportunities across both Kmart and the Wesfarmers Group, excellent remuneration, an uncapped bonus scheme & access to Wesfarmers share plan (both for eligible team members), free parking and benefits program including a discount card for Kmart, Coles, Target and Officeworks.

At Kmart we aim to ensure our teams reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate.

Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.

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