Equity Bank Kenya – Category Manager-Technology Procurement

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Job Responsibilities/ Accountabilities:

Procurement Category Governance

  • Identify, head, and oversee complex sourcing Technology projects consisting of software, hardware, and maintenance.
  • Ensure apt stakeholders are involved in IT procurement decision process.
  • Respond to specialized user groups requirements consisting of satisfaction with vendor selection and service.
  • Recommend advice concerning with identification and establishment suitable parameters.
  • Provide optimum terms and conditions, estimate and resolve execution barriers on time.
  • Develop and maintain professional business relations with key external and internal stakeholders.
  • Identify needs, reduce unwanted product and service demand.
  • Ensure to accomplish IT procurement business goals and objectives.
  • Ensure engagement of main stakeholders early for strategic sourcing process.
  • Perform activities steadily maintaining objective and transparent approach every time.
  • Coordinate and head enterprise broad standards and parameters settings.
  • Develop and maintain IT supplier base with input from internal procurement business partners.
  • Ensure to develop and maintain communally beneficial strategic relations with Technology vendors across the Group.
  • Define and head key complicated projects to implement procurement strategies.

Supplier Performance Management

  • Responsible for Group IT supplier performance evaluation and monitoring
  • Provide support to business functions in managing the contract execution and ensuring compliance with contractual    SLA and KPI’s
  • Manage supplier dispute resolutions
  • Manage the supplier satisfaction survey process

    Contract Negotiation & Management

  •  Implements procurement strategies and conducts negotiations for technology requirements across the group
  •  Negotiates agreements to support total business requirements rather than focusing on lowest-price options
  •  Engages and collaborates with Legal department appropriately for contract database management.
  •  Creates various types of contracts or agreements that can be used to accomplish the bank’s commercial & technical    goals                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Supplier Relationship Management    
  • Liaise with Finance to ensure timely payments of
  • Effective follow up & liaison with vendors for timely availability of material
  • Ensuring timely feedback/ response to Queries
  • Closely coordinating between End user and Vendor

  Budgeting & Reporting

  • Produce regular reports on performance by Procurement category assigned and provide comprehensive management information and in-depth analysis when requested including spend analysis, savings secured and potential savings –for forecast and budgets
  • Develop and execute annual departmental cost optimization targets for the annual Budget process.
  • Reporting weekly on on-going tender activities for the category

       People Development

  •  Ensuring that the Procurement team receives the motivation, training, and development, coaching and guidance to       enable them to keep abreast of latest developments and achieve their maximum contribution.

Essential Knowledge

  •  Proven skills and experience in Procurement Category Management
  •  Extensive experience in Technology category procurement at a group level is preferred but not mandatory
  •  Excellent knowledge of procurement systems or ERP and Microsoft Office is necessary                                          
  • Key Critical Competencies
  • High integrity, firm and assertive
  • Proactive and self-driven
  • High personal standards and goal oriented / Results driven
  • Strategic orientation
  • Emphasis on personal growth and development
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • A positive, “can do” attitude
  • Customer focused          
  • Business strategy awareness
  • Negotiation skills
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork skills and the ability to lead and motivate others
  • Thorough understanding of Sourcing principles, policies, concepts and systems
  • Excellent understanding of the contracting process
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Business awareness and ability to challenge the status quo


  • Academic requirement – University Degree with MBA as an added advantage.
  • Professional qualification (e.g. CIPS) is an added advantage
  • IT related certification is an added advantage
  • Length of minimum Procurement & Logistics experience – 5 years’ experience
  • Length of minimum management experience – 3 Years





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