Rio Tinto

Senior Specialist - Procurement

Rio Tinto
Brisbane, QLD, AU
Sep 02, 2020
Sep 17, 2020
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
Senior Specialist Bell Bay and Tiwai
  • Work within a high performing dynamic environment
  • Opportunity to lead the Procurement teams supporting Rio Tinto's Aluminium assets in Bell Bay, Tasmania and Tiwai, New Zealand
  • Based in Brisbane with generous salary package & benefits

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and metals group that focuses on finding, mining, processing and marketing the earth's mineral resources. We have been in business for more than 140 years and remain focused on the long term. We're committed to sustainable and innovative ways to do business, deliver results and build a great work environment. It's how we grow - it's how you grow.

We are a diverse team of talented, enthusiastic individuals who foster a culture of inclusion. No matter how they may differ, our people share one thing in common. It's a belief that work is more rewarding when we are accepted and valued for our differences, not judged by them. We all have something to contribute, and it's this contribution that makes for a great organisation and fulfilling career.

The Opportunity

In your new role, you will be responsible for providing leadership for the procurement teams supporting Rio Tinto's aluminium smelters at Bell Bay, Tasmania and Tiwai, New Zealand. It is expected that this position will be based in Brisbane (although consideration may be given to being based at Bell Bay) with occasional travel to the sites as required. You will provide collaborative leadership to develop and maintain a team culture that consistently demonstrates our organisational values, and seeks to identify and deliver value to our stakeholders.

What the role entails

This role is a great opportunity to establish and manage positive relationships with key internal stakeholders and critical suppliers, and to exercise your commercial skills to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes. The key focus of this role is to:
  • Provide day to day leadership to the Rio Tinto Procurement teams in Bell Bay and Tiwai, and drive a high performing and collaborative culture that will support each team member to achieve their full potential.
  • Ensure that a strong safety culture is embraced by Procurement team members, and safe working practices are adopted by Rio Tinto's supplier base.
  • Support the management of relationships with site stakeholders at Bell Bay and Tiwai to ensure their needs are consistently met, and that they understand what is required to maximize value from procurement.
  • Support the Procurement team to develop and deliver supplier negotiation strategies.
  • Ensure that best practice procurement and supply chain systems are introduced and operated at Bell Bay and Tiwai.
  • Drive change with key stakeholders and develop a communication plan to ensure commitments are being achieved.
  • Work closely with all Procurement Managers to develop plans and coordinate work to be done centrally for Bell Bay and Tiwai.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to support site initiatives (eg Six Sigma / LEAN Manufacturing).
  • Support the development of business strategies, objectives and context into a procurement strategy with supporting programs and interventions to enable value delivery.
  • Constructively challenge and coach site stakeholders on their supply chain effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with site leadership to define, build, and improve procurement strategy and delivery.
  • Identify threats and opportunities to business objectives through data, conversations and observations; and diagnosing root causes to determine the required intervention.
  • Ensure all procurement initiatives are delivered to meet all the governance requirements outlined in Rio Tinto Procurement and Group Policies, Standards and Guidelines.

What you will need for this role

This role is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your strong interpersonal skills to lead and develop a high performing team, and to build a collaborative framework with internal and external stakeholders.

You should also have a:
  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • Previous experience with leading a procurement team
  • Sound knowledge of procurement, strategic sourcing and category management
  • Working knowledge of SAP
  • Comprehensive competency in the use of MS Office software

It would be great if you also had:
  • A postgraduate qualification
  • Familiarity with Six Sigma and LEAN methodologies
  • CIPS certification, LEAN Manufacturing or Six Sigma training

So if you are looking for a new challenge, great location and the opportunity to lead an exceptional procurement team, apply now.

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.

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