Category Principal - Sourcing


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About this job

  • Industry: Oil & Gas
  • Area of expertise: Project Management & Services
  • Location: Perth

What is required?

  • Hours per week: 40
  • Education level: Professional Bachelor
  • Closing date: Thursday, 23 December 2021

About this role: Category Principal - Sourcing

About this role: Category Principal - Sourcing

On behalf of our client, a global energy operator, Brunel are seeking for a Category Principal - Sourcing to join the Contracts & Procurement Department at the Perth Office.

The Category Principal works with the business to provide specialist advice and execute CategoryManagement activities in line with approved sourcing plans, specified guidelines and business requirements to confirm surety of supply and minimise supply risk for the business.

  • Develops effective relationships with internal business leaders to understand business requirements, to forecast demand, and verify established contracts are effective
  • Collects requirements and analyses key data inputs from multiple sources (internal and external) to help build robust category and sourcing strategies.
  • Plans and executes portfolio of sourcing projects enabling category strategies and manage on-time delivery minimising disruption to the business operations.
  • Validates application of procedures for issuing and evaluating tenders.
  • Leads negotiations with Suppliers.
  • Reviews contract award recommendations & contracts for approval.
  • Executes Sourcing Strategy and Plan, leading negotiations as directed by the Cat. Manager.
  • Mentors and oversees delivery of Category strategy.
  • Complies with Supply processes.
  • Commercial advisory & supplier performance.
  • Drafts Tier A recommendations.
  • Reviews contract award recommendations & contracts for approval for Tier A and B Contracts when prepared by Contracts Specialist or Contracts Advisory team.
  • Provides leadership to Contracts Specialists and Advisory team on category process.
  • Develop and maintain a customer service culture within the contracts teams to deliver contractsadministration throughout the Company.
  • Develop and maintain professional networks to assist the organizations strategic objectives.
  • Conduct all activities in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with the Company’s policies andprocedures.



  • Engineering/Quantity Surveying qualification, Business Administration, Law or equivalentprofessional or 10 plus years of relevant experience
  • Business Administration, Law or equivalent professional qualification (desirable
  • CIPS or equivalent qualification in Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Is curious, and capable of performing analytics with large data sets to identify trends and patterns in spending behaviour, linking to opportunities in respective categories
  • Develops and fosters relationships within the business and externally, keeping abreast of operational needs and external market trends.
  • Is innovative and entrepreneurial, with a commercial mindset that drives creative solutions anddelivers category strategies that represent best value for business
  • Listens and engages broadly with business stakeholders, is able to empathise and deploy a varietyof influence techniques to deliver best outcomes for the business
  • Strategic thinker and ability to lead by example.
  • Operate with a sense of urgency and ownership.
  • Coach and empower peers and colleagues
  • Has experience in contract formulation activities, systems and processes (>10 years) coupled with a working knowledge of engineering and or services/consultancy practices, preferably in oil and gas industry.
  • Has a good understanding of CMS and ERP systems i.e. ProCon, SAP and SAP Ariba, includingmanaging end-to-end sourcing projects and post-award contract administration and ongoing contract hygiene.
  • Is detail orientated, ensuring transactional details are captured throughout sourcing events and postaward agreements are transferred into relevant systems agreements
  • Listens well and engages broadly within own team and with operational stakeholders.
  • Can perform spend analytics to identify trends and patterns in spending behaviour and alert others when there are opportunities to deliver value
  • Is value-focused, and stops doing things that don't add value, challenges the process, sparks change to deliver value over process
  • Understands of local content requirements in the contracting process
  • Has ability to work under pressure



  • Perth Based role
  • 12 months contract - potential view to extend.
  • Competitive rates

About Brunel

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About Brunel

Brunel is a recruitment and flexible workforce solution provider which connects talented people with opportunities throughout Australasia and around the world. We specialise in highly skilled roles across a variety of technical, professional, trades and craft disciplines, pairing candidates with industry-leading projects and organisations on a contract, permanent or secondment basis.
Operating in Australasia since 2001, Brunel has major bases of operation in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Port Moresby, which are further backed by the strength and reach of a truly global network spanning 44 countries, 100 offices and 45 years of successful operation.
Brunel is proud to be equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and female candidates.

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How to apply

How to apply

If you meet the above requirements and would like to be considered for this role, please submit your interest using the ‘Apply’ button. Applying is quick and easy – just make sure you have the following documents ready to go:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (optional)
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Do you have questions?

If you have questions or would like to discuss the details of this role, please contact Yamila Cabral via the details below, quoting publication number:

Account manager

Yamila Cabral
Brunel Energy Australia Perth
9429 5650

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