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Strategic Sourcing Manager (Hong Kong, Taiwan and China)

Job Description

Global Supply Management (GSM) is responsible for helping AMEX maximize the purchasing power of our third party spend. Strategic Sourcing and Category Management is GSM’s face to AMEX employees and suppliers. We provide strategic consultation, bringing global value perspective, negotiation and delivery to maximize purchasing power of supplier spend and to free up investment capacity through deeper partnerships with Business Units.  Strategic Sourcing and Category Management is also responsible for managing our supplier strategy with our business partners, identifying and on-boarding new suppliers, realizing significant cost saves and revenue generation, collaborating with Contract Strategy and Delivery team on contracting activities and ensuring an optimal user experience for AMEX employees and suppliers.
Reporting to the Director, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management JAPA this role lead and support strategic sourcing and category plans in commodities such as Marketing & Advertising, Technology, Professional Services, Human Resources and Real Estate related services. This role will be the Market Lead for Strategic Sourcing in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China with direct reports.
The role is expected to leverage market intelligence in the pursuit of optimizing supply alternatives and opportunities from competitive cost and high quality service. The role is responsible for building and maintaining senior stakeholder relationships with the business, across peer groups and in multiple markets as well as act as the point of escalation for third party negotiations and strategies.
  • Ensuring end to end delivery of market procurement strategy
  • Coaching and leading a team of procurement professionals to implement category management strategies and plans for the related sourcing activity
  • Developing savings plans by developing and maintaining competitive market intelligence, achieve stakeholder buy-in, execute and track them to closure
  • Developing and accountable for the relationships across all Blue Box Business Unit leaders in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with vendor partners
  • Act as the coordination point for all local and global engagement related to the relevant markets
  • Maintain and promote Amex Blue Box Values by ensuring that work is completed to the highest professional, legal, and regulatory standards, and that the activities subject to review/procurement comply with the Company's stated business ethics
  • Thorough understanding of contract law, sourcing strategies, supplier development and complex negotiations across multiple markets with good competitive market knowledge and strong knowledge of Amex policies and processes
  • Successfully manage time pressure, work against deadlines, and deliver strong results on schedule; prioritize based on customer or business need, urgency, and/or importance; effectively integrate and align with internal business partners
  • Leading or participating in the negotiation of new contracts and/or changes to existing contracts and working with Global and / or Local teams and with Contract Delivery and Execution team
  • Handling multiple and competing priorities both internally in procurement and within the business
  • Actively support global and regional Global Supply Management initiatives




Specialist Experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (English and Mandarin)
  • Proven Procurement experience in Hong Kong and China (English and Mandarin)
  • Contract knowledge and experience of negotiating contracts in Mandarin
  • Minimum of 5 years of strategic sourcing experience in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Experience managing large complex sourcing projects and change initiatives is a benefit
  • Understanding of internal business and external environment
  • Knowledge of the regulatory environment in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
  • Proven experience providing thought leadership to overcome challenges and lead without direct authority
  • Strong project management skills and financial management experience including development of CBA's, PowerPoint presentations and financial models
  • Solid knowledge and proven experience working with a cross-functional teams to develop and execute complex, time and commercial sensitive strategies
  • People Leader experience and proven ability to drive results and prioritize work activities
  • Ability to translate and develop concepts, visions and complex business requirements into workable plans
  • Ability to lead, develop and influence team members
  • Ability to work in a fluid, fast-paced, and at times unstructured environment and maintain flexibility to meet the changing needs of the customer, business units, and American Express
  • Experience with various eProcurement tools will be advantageous
  • Bachelor’s degree as minimum with CIPS qualification, MBA/Post graduate degree as a plus (or relevant experience)

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Please note that all information in this job description is accurate at the time of posting. Please be aware that companies may change details and/or closing dates without notice.


Job Summary

American Express
Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong
  • Finance
Job Type
  • Full-time
  • Negotiable
28 January 2020
Applications Deadline
04 April 2020

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