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Vice President - Procurement, Europe.

Eschborn-Frankfurt, Germany
Procurement, Purchasing, and Quality Assurance

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Posting Date Apr 11, 2018
Job Number 180011IF
Job Category Procurement, Purchasing, and Quality Assurance
Location Europe Office - Eschborn, Eschborn-Frankfurt, Hessen VIEW ON MAP
Brand Corporate
Schedule Full-time
Relocation? No
Position Type Management

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As a key member of the Europe Continent Lodging Services leadership team, and the global Procurement organization, this position leads the procurement function in the continent, and contributes expertise to support functional and strategic objectives in the continent through our procurement efforts. The incumbent is responsible for developing, documenting and implementing short-term and long-term goals and strategies for the procurement function in the Continent in alignment with overall function, business and continent objectives, and for establishing and maintaining an improved end-to-end procure to pay (P2P) process. This leader is a recognized authority in Procurement and serves as discipline interface with other areas across disciplines and Continents). Leads the procurement organization in the continent and is responsible for the selection, supervision and development of staff in accordance with company policies and procedures.
The key responsibilities of this position include:
  • Lead the procurement (sourcing / contracting) leveraging opportunities
  • Develop impactful Continent procurement strategies.
  • Build a strong Procurement function in the continent, implementing cutting each solutions and driving continuous performance improvement.
  • Leads, develops and optimizes a multi-cultural procurement team
  • Uses as a resource for AVPs and COOs to improve the financial performance of the hotels in the Continent
  • This role have responsibility for all brands and countries across Europe
Leads the Procurement (Sourcing / Contracting) Leveraging Opportunities
  • Identify and lead opportunities to leverage procurement efforts, coordinated via the various above property procurement groups.
  • Collaborate with other MIP continental offices to leverage global opportunities and strategies.
  • Collaborate with other functions (ie finance, GLT) and clusters to identify leveraging opportunities.
  • Evaluate new diverse suppliers and support process for integrating them into the system following the formalized protocol via Global Certified Organizations. (ie WE Connect).
Develops Impactful Continental Procurement Strategy
  • Develop short and long term procurement goals and strategic plan for the Continent, including an annual and multi years procurement strategies, anticipating market conditions and company growth
  • Develop and implements a successful new opening/renovation structure
  • Establish Procurement Management Business Objectives for MIP, Cluster and Hotel Procurement.
Builds a Strong Procurement Operations for Continuous Performance Improvement
  • Evaluate areas of opportunity to deliver efficient and effective procurement solutions, developing short-term, mid-terms goals for own department in alignment with broader function, business and continent objectives.
  • Create effective contracting tools to document, outline and communicate relevant information to the wider hotel community.
  • Create a platform to effectively manage BRAND, CLS and GO directives.
  • Maintain a high level and transparent dialogues/relations with Owners.
  • Maintain and enhance a cost effective MIP organization.
  • Champion the deployment and the data analytics relating to E-procurement.
  • Identify and implement outsourcing opportunities generating savings and operational improvement
  • Drive Compliance and savings opportunities
  • Partner with AVPs and COOs to improve the financial performance of the hotels in the Continent
Leads, Develops and Optimizes a Multi-cultural Procurement Team
  • Develop and implements effective Multi-Level procurement training programs to enhance knowledge and skill set.
  • Champion a high level of business ethic and integrity in the Continent (Procurement team, Clusters, hotels).
  • Manage and develops a multi-cultural and discipline team (contracting / 5Su & FFE / Clusters / Special Projects) based on multiple locations across the continent.
  • Partner with Human Resources on strategies to attract, develop, and retain the right people to support the strategic priorities of the organization. Ensure effective structures, processes, jobs, and performance management systems are in place. Sets goals and expectations for direct reports using the LPP, aligns performance and rewards, appropriately address performance issues and holds staff accountable for successful results.
  • Create and sustain a work environment the focuses on fair and equitable treatment and associate satisfaction to enable business success.
  • Motivate, coach and develop associates for growth and skill development to maximize their effectiveness, the winning culture with high morale
  • Excellent Communication and interpersonal skill - Conveys information and ideas to others in a convincing and engaging manner through a variety of methods.
  • Leading Through Vision and Values - Keeps the organization's vision and values at the forefront of decision making and action.
  • Leading Change - Initiates and leads change in the function in the continent on an ongoing basis, taking steps to remove barriers or accelerate its pace; serves as role model for how to handle change by maintaining composure and performance level under pressure or when experiencing challenges.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration. This position must be place the success of the company above his/her need for individual recognition. Must be receptive to input and feedback, willing to accept ideas and suggestions from others.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; obtains and compares information from different sources to draw conclusions, develops and evaluates alternatives and solutions, solves problems, and chooses a course of action.
  • Professional Demeanor - Exhibits behavioral styles that convey confidence and command respect from others; makes a good first impression and represents the company in alignment with its values.
  • Strategy Development - Develops business plans by exploring and systematically evaluating opportunities with the greatest potential for producing positive results; ensures successful preparation and execution of business plans through effective planning, organizing, and on-going evaluation processes.
Managing Execution
  • Building a Successful Team through an outstanding leadership skills - Uses an effective interpersonal style to build a cohesive team; inspires and sustains team cohesion and engagement by focusing the team on its mission and importance to the organization.
  • Strategy Execution – Ensures successful execution across of business plans designed to maximize customer satisfaction, profitability, and market share through effective planning, organizing, and on-going evaluation processes.
  • Operational Execution – systematically implement, evaluate, and sustain operational programs ensuring that the products and services being executed deliver the intended benefits, create value, and meet the needs of the various stakeholders (guests, property staff, brand, CLS, etc.). 
  • Driving for Results - Sets high standards of performance for self and/or others; assumes responsibility for work objectives; initiates, focuses, and monitors the efforts of self and/or others toward the accomplishment goals; proactively takes action and goes beyond what is required.
Building Relationships
  • Customer Relationships - Develops and sustains relationships based on an understanding of customer/stakeholder needs and actions consistent with the company’s service standards.
  • Global Mindset - Supports employees and business partners with diverse styles, abilities, motivations, and/or cultural perspectives; utilizes differences to drive innovation, engagement and enhance business results; and ensures associates are given the opportunity to contribute to their full potential.
  • Strategic Partnerships - Develop collaborative relationships with fellow associates and business partners. Explore partnership opportunities with others in and outside the organization. Influence and leverage corporate and continental shared services and/or discipline leaders to achieve objectives; maintain effective external relations with government, business and industry in respective countries; performs effectively as a liaison between locations, disciplines, and corporate to ensure needed resources are received and corporate strategies are understood and executed.
Generating Talent and Organizational Capability
  • Organizational Capability - Evaluates and adapts the structure of assignments and work processes to best fit the needs and/or support the goals of an organizational unit.
  • Talent Management - Provides guidance and feedback to help individuals develop and strengthen skills and abilities needed to accomplish work objectives.
Learning and Applying Professional Expertise
  • Business Acumen and critical thinking skills - Understands and utilizes professional skills and knowledge in a specific functional area to conduct and manage everyday business operations and generate innovative solutions to approach function-specific work challenges.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Business Administration or Hotel Management, or related major required.
  • Graduate/post graduate degree preferred.
  • 12+ years of business management leadership experience in procurement.
  • Direct experience managing project teams and individuals in challenging projects.
  • Expertise and proven track record in managing complex, multifunctional initiatives preferred.
  • Experience in providing direction and performing responsibilities via influence ability preferred.
  • Proven success in introducing major change to complex organizations.
  • Excellent project/program management skills and ability to independently manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to distribute, assign and ensure completion of work throughout various teams without direct management authority.
  • Ability to influence others, including those at senior organizational levels.
  • Strong analytical skills for planning, estimating, budgeting and monitoring program/project work.
  • Ability to form and foster high performing teams and accomplish results through others, particularly by establishing relationships and effective controls preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to articulate complex ideas in easy to understand business terms.
  • Quick acting but deliberate; creating a sense of urgency in others. Capable of juggling multiple proprieties and dealing effectively with changing and ambiguous situations. Can make things happen in a fluid environment without having to “own” the resources.
  • Self-motivated, high-energy individual with a strong drive for accomplishment and high capacity for work, with the ability to focus and execute on multiple priorities at any given time.
  • Outstanding strategic planning, consulting and basic management financial skills
  • Excellent communication, coaching, mentoring, negotiation and mediation skills; is able to articulate compelling ideas
  • Ability to support, manage and initiate change within the organization, taking steps to remove barriers or to accelerate its pace, and deliver results under tough conditions, even when faced with complexity and ambiguity
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders; influences without direct authority
  • Demonstrates ability to operate in a matrix organization and leverage centralized organizational resources
  • Experience evaluating business trends, developing and successfully implementing new business programs and strategies that enhance multi-unit business performance
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