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Job Title:  CES Area Head of Sourcing

Job Number:  32353

Country: Romania
Function: Operations
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent


Lead the CES sourcing team, driving value out of the area synergies and the different business categories.


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the execution of the category strategies and development of sourcing plans within the area
  • Ensure the category sourcing and contract (s) meet the business requirements through the execution of the strategic sourcing process.
  • Apply global policies, standards and platforms including the agreed Sourcing Management methodology and approach and to deliver robust terms and conditions that manages BAT’s service delivery and commercial risk.
  • Drive a professional and high performing sourcing team, enabling appropriate training and development to ensure the skills and knowledge to deliver team’s goals
  • Manage negotiation and supplier selection within the framework of the category strategies
  • Responsible for developing & managing resource plans
  • Ensure leverage of indirect procurement expertise and knowledge within the area
  • Identity above-market opportunities and implement above-market sourcing projects within the CES Area
  • Responsible for implementing global and geographic category strategies and sourcing plans at CES Level
  • Mitigate BAT’s exposure to service delivery and commercial risk through ensuring the delivery of robust commercial elements
  • Identify any new business solutions available on the market , facilitating the implementation in the BAT 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Thorough knowledge of supply market, supplier capabilities and competitor activity, and expected trends at a local / geographic level.
  • Proven capability of applying supplier management techniques to ensure contracted benefits are delivered.
  • Experience in development of contracts and agreements for high risk categories.
  • Supplier and contract management experience.
  • Detailed understanding of financial evaluation and interpretation of supplier’s records and their key cost and business drivers.
  • Full understanding of the category total cost model, cost drivers and all factors needed to ensure a robust agreement for BAT (including specification and testing requirements).
  • Understanding of the processes, timelines and constraints for the development and delivery of new products.
  • Experience in managing large scale, cross-country projects and programmes to improve performance and deliver service.
  • Professional knowledge of procurement principals, including high order negotiation skills.
  • Sound knowledge of corporate regulations and legislation to ensure the creation of effective group contracts.
  • Experience of sourcing at above market level for a period of 2 years minimum.
  • High level of commercial awareness.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships working across geographic boundaries.
  • A focus on service delivery and savings.
  • Relevant business qualification. CIPS -Corporate Diploma in Purchasing and/or membership of The Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply or equivalent country qualification or membership would be an advantage


British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries.

We are proud that we are consistently among the top 5 companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Our portfolio includes our world-famous Global Drive Brands – Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans – along with many other leading international brands, such as Vogue, Peter Stuyvesant and State Express 555.

Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our Next Generation Products are already leading the way in the Industry of vapour and tobacco heating devices. We continue to develop a solid portfolio of consumer solutions which already include well known global brands like Vype, glo and Voke.

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