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Africa Talent Procurement Assistant Manager

Location:  Johannesburg
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  29-Jan-2023

Job description

Requisition ID:  1379262

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all. 


Would you like to work for a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services with over 250.000 people around the world? Would you like to be part of a global Supply Chain Services team that employs innovation and technology to disrupt the status quo and generate business value?  Would you like to play a role in building a better working world every day? If so, you will want to read this. 

About Supply Chain Services

Our global Supply Chain Services team includes more than 300 people working across 31 countries. We are relentless trendsetters, employing the latest in innovation and technology to better service the business. In a world of disruption, we embrace transformation and work to find best-in-class services and suppliers to help us stay ahead of the curve. We are responsible for sourcing across four categories of spend:

  • Real Estate (including Workplace Services and Real Estate Technology and Innovation) 
  • Technology Sourcing & External Content
  • Travel, Meetings & Events (including Brand, Marketing and Communications)
  • Talent

The opportunity

EY Global Procurement and Supplier Ecosystem Services (PSES) Team, is looking to hire a professional based in Johannesburg, South Africa; to run its Procurement function managing Talent related annual spend (recruitment, contract labor, professional services, learning & development, health & insurance, rewards & benefits), focusing potentially on the select regions of the Africa, not including French and Portuguese Speaking countries and North Africa. 


With the recent creation of a core business service function in which enablement functions are being placed, the new role is to leverage opportunity to develop a consistent category strategy that drives the delivery of quantitative and qualitative value out of strategic procurement activities. You will report into a member of the Core Leadership Team of Talent Procurement.

Your key responsibilities


  • End-to-end delivery of sourcing projects and category management activities for EY business stakeholders.
  • Act as a trusted business advisor to EY stakeholders, aligning Supply Chain Services projects with the business’ pipeline and providing Exceptional Customer Services while delivery both brand and quantitative value to the bottom line through cost savings and cost avoidance.
  • Adherence to EY Supply Chain Services policy and processes, including collaboration with Legal (GCO), Risk Management and other EY support functions.
  • Provides structured management and accurate progress reporting on all projects.
  • Build and manage a pipeline of Procurement projects in support of category strategy/plan and in collaboration with Supply Chain Services leaders and global/local (as applicable) stakeholders
  • Lead Request for Proposals (RFPs) including commercial contractual negotiations, while partnering with stakeholders and shared functions such as GCO, Risk Management and Vendor Assurance.
  • Develop relationships with key EY business stakeholders and report procurement progress via regular meetings.
  • Solid knowledge of key suppliers and their position in the market, in addition to working through current market intelligence resources and partners to perform the latest research.
  • Execution of sourcing projects in line with the Supply Chain Services policy and within the timeline as agreed with key stakeholders.
  • Minimize contractual risks to EY and manage supplier relationships according to EY’s Supply Chain Services and Independence policies.
  • Achieve value targets, while innovatively developing new cost reduction strategies to improve negotiable spend via sourcing and demand management activities; including spend consolidation and supplier rationalization.
  • Provide accurate monthly reporting on deals and timely submission of savings forms.

Skills and attributes for success 


  • A strong team player, comfortable working collaboratively, virtually and independently
  • Excellent communication and networking skills – able to effectively manage and influence stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a high pace, agile environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, managing multiple priorities effectively
  • High level of cultural awareness and EQ

To qualify for the role, you must have


  • Procurement experience and commercial acumen to drive sourcing and demand management projects across a broad array of category services.
  • Proven track record of leading procurement activities.
  • Ability to align efforts with key stakeholders and influence these leaders, as necessary, and possess a global mindset.
  • Experience with Source-to-Pay (“S2P”) processes, including managing sourcing projects on SAP system, and execution of online RFx and e-Auctions.

Ideally, you’ll also have 


  • Strong analytical skills and ability to present to stakeholders.
  • A Bachelor’s and follow on degree in related discipline is recommended
  • CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) or equivalent is preferred

What we offer

As part of this role, you'll work in a highly integrated, global team with the opportunity and tools to grow, develop and drive your career forward. Here, you can combine global opportunity with flexible working. The EY benefits package goes above and beyond too, focusing on your physical, emotional, financial and social well-being. Your recruiter can talk to you about the benefits available in your country. Here’s a snapshot of what we offer: 


  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.


Please apply to this role only through the ‘Apply’ link (not through the local office). Your application will then be routed to the appropriate recruiting team. 


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