Chief Procurement Officer– Johannesburg, Gauteng Permanent

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Operating Division : Transnet Group Services

Position Title : Chief Procurement Officer

Employee Group : Permanent

Department : Procurement

Location : Johannesburg

Reporting To : Group Chief Executive

Grade Level : A

Reference Number : 6003257

Position Purpose :

Transnet is the largest integrated logistics company in Southern Africa and the custodian of ports, rail and pipelines. The

company has an annual revenue of R72 Billion, an asset base of R369,8 Billion and 55,000 employees. Transnet’s port, rail
and pipeline infrastructure facilitates the movement of goods from where they are produced to where they are consumed.

This enables trade and connection to export markets. The Company is therefore critical for cost-effective, efficient, and

seamless movement of goods through our economic system. The company’s core mandate is to assist in lowering the cost of
doing business in South Africa, enabling economic growth and ensuring security of supply through providing appropriate

ports, rail and pipeline infrastructure as well as operations in a cost effective and efficient manner, within acceptable

benchmark standards.

Transnet is also a key implementing agent of the developmental state and must align with Government’s Programme of
Action which seeks to build a pragmatic and cooperative relationship between government, organised labour and private

sector stakeholders that can jointly determine a strategic path for state-owned companies to create jobs, enable inclusive

growth and become operationally and financially sustainable.

Transnet seeks to employ a seasoned, ethical and inspirational Chief Procurement Officer to effectively transform and set

up all systems and platforms that integrate all supply chain activities across Transnet. The ideal candidate will be required to

modernise the procurement environment and assume overall strategic and operational accountability for the Group

Procurement portfolio and for the development and implementation of an effective Procurement and Contract Management

strategy and business plan aligned with the strategic pillars of the Group.

Position outputs :

  • The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is responsible for leading all Transnet procurement efforts to efficiently and

effectively enable cost centre owners; such as Operating Divisions and Business Units maximise the value they receive fromsuppliers to meet their objectives.

  • Provide an effective integration of procurement and contract management processes across the Group and for the

improvement of these processes over time.

  • Leads and oversees the planning, organisation, execution and reporting associated with Group Procurement Services.
  • Actively driving efficiency improvements and embedding leading practices to ensure the achievement of corporate

objectives and goals in the Procurement and Contract management environment.

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to Transnet Group Procurement
  • Set and communicate the strategic direction of Supply Management for Transnet, ensuring good governance and

integration of optimised sourcing activities across the Transnet Group through:

  • Develop differentiated sourcing strategies
  • Conduct spend analyses across the Group
  • Develop a Group sourcing matrix, classifying commodity groups per each of the four generic Supply Management


  • Lead and direct the development, implementation and management of the following processes efficiently and effectively

across Transnet:o Demand management planning

o Strategic and tactical sourcing

o Process review and enablement

o Contract management

o Capital procurement

o Logistics, warehousing and reverse logistics


o Systems enablement

o Total Supply Chain Management

  • Effectively set up all Supply Management (SM) systems and platforms across the value chain and Group so that effective,

efficient and cost beneficial supply of goods are realized

  • Define and set up appropriate governance structures (such as the transformation of tender boards into acquisition councils)

in compliance with PFMA regulations.

  • Control major spend across Business Units through the development of cross-functional sourcing teams and consolidating

joint buying power to deliver optimal value for money outcomes for Operating Divisions.

  • Contract management of outsourced and other suppliers and service providers
  • Develop benchmarks and scorecards for continuous improvement
  • Build a Procurement Centre of Excellence (CoE) to help transform Procurement, and also support broader transformation of

the value chain and the organisation.Qualifications & Experience :

  • Post graduate degree in business or relevant field (e.g. Supply Management/Logistics/ Engineering); and
  • Proven experience in a large enterprise at an Executive Level.
Functional knowledge

  • PFMA and PPPFA experience
  • Regulatory Environment;
  • Risk Management;
  • Company Law; and
  • Compliance and Governance in Commerce

  • Master’s MCIPS Qualification and CIPS membership;
  • Proven Public Sector procurement experience;
  • Experience in international sourcing;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully plan and execute large projects;
  • Proven record of ethical leadership in an ethical function; and
  • Demonstrated stakeholder and interpersonal relationship skills

Competencies :

  • Ethical leadership and responsible corporate citizenship.
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Relationship Management
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance
  • Business Performance and Delivery
  • Personal Mastery
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