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Senior Sourcing Officer

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Transportation, logistics, driving
  • Manager (team leader)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

The Senior Sourcing Officer will be responsible for the timely procurement of goods and services for SolarNow Services Uganda, ensuring cost effectiveness commensurate with quality. All purchases shall be in accordance with Solar Now standard practices,and all state laws. The incumbent will promote and maintain a high level of communication and liaison with the external supplier community and Solar Now departments.


Supplier Identification

Find and review potential suppliers of stock items to be bought locally and internationally to ensure quality products from suppliers under good
terms, e.g. Credit. and present your review in a structured report to enable effective decision making.

Procurement Projects: Review opportunities for improving Procurement, such as changing local supplier or moving to bulk purchase of an item
Stock Management.
Forecasting: Review and understand past and future stock movements at SolarNow, through which you work on accurate forecasting of order requirements for products sourced internationally.
Payment Planning: You review order requirements to enable accurate cash requirement planning across months, you further ensure that cash requirement is within constraints given by finance
Order Management.
Overview: Track all orders made against key requirements set in the order overview to enable accurate tracking of orders and supplier management. You identify key trends in the data tracked and share ideas with your manager for improvements.
Order Placement: Get quotations from suppliers for orders, based on the forecast, and ensure accurate paperwork to place orders within a risk free Procurement environment.
Order Production, Inspection and Shipping: You work with the supplier and chosen shipping agents to ensure no delays and correct paperwork during the order process.
Review of shipping in a structured report to enable effective decision making. Use the information from shipping reports to actively identify alternative
Management and Coaching.
Reporting: Prepare weekly report on time to enable accurate tracking of your work and the Procurement team
Quality Assurance: Review work done by Junior Officers to ensure it meets
Performance Monitoring: Track and review the performance of Junior Officers to ensure optimal team performance

Mentoring and Coaching: Support the development of Junior Officers through close mentorship and training.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Job start date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Uganda
Area of work: Transportation, logistics, driving
Seniority: Manager (team leader)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Order processing; Reporting; Order handling; Supplier evaluation and management; Mentoring and coaching; Stock and inventory management; Forecasting
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Energy, utilities, environmentCompany size: 500-1000 people

About the market More than 500 million people across sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity and the International Energy Agency expects that number to increase to 700 million by 2030. Since extending the grid to them would cost billions of dollars, micro-scale, off-grid power from solar is often the only viable answer to energy poverty. In countries like Uganda, where only 15% of the population has an on-grid connection, there’s undeniable potential for solar to leapfrog traditional energy provision models; however affordability, perceptions of low quality and the absence of last-mile distribution and maintenance networks are curtailing development. About the company These are the very problems that Uganda-based company, SolarNow, was founded to solve. It sells high-quality solar systems to fit the needs of rural households and small entrepreneurs — from 50Wp home set-ups capable of powering a radio, phone and small number of lights to 5KWp systems that can power a small office or machine – plus a range of consumer electronics, including LED lights, televisions, fridges, flat irons and water pumps. Crucially, SolarNow also provides credit that allows customers to spread payment for all these products over 24 months. Together with a network of 46 branches (>400 FTE) and a price plan that includes full installation and maintenance – backed by a unique five-year warranty – SolarNow has all the pieces in place to take optimal advantage of this unique market opportunity. The company already serves 12,000 clients in Uganda and plans to roll out its operations into other East African countries during 2016.

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