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Procurement; Plantation, Sugar & Logistics | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Highly attractive package | 24 Sep 2018

Group Chief Procurement Officer


Specialisation: Procurement; Plantation, Sugar & Logistics

Email Wai Ling

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Salary: Highly attractive package
Type: 2 years contract
Posted On: 24th September 2018

Client Background & Role Summary:

Our client is the world’s largest producer of Crude Palm Oil (‘CPO’) and the second largest Malaysian palm oil refiner. They have more than 19,000 staff in the group from its subsidiaries, joint-venture companies and associates. Its overseas footprint spans across the globe with operations in eleven countries across Asia, North America and Europe. They are looking for a Group Chief Procurement Officer.

A procurement leader with strong business acumen, capacity to shift procurement process from tactical, transactional processing towards strategic value-add undertaking, and aptness for technology to leverage on new-age procurement tools to lower cost, improve efficiency and create value.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Technologically Interested and Vested
    • Have stronghold on the technology at disposal to capitalize on ever-evolving technological and digital transformation to lower cost, improve operation and enhance financial value
    • Remain hungry for technological trends and maintain technological competency to harness the disruptive changes for the betterment of the Company
    • Focus on digitally integrated procurement activities to take advantage of digital innovative tools to enhance the efficiency of the procurement process
    • Nurture millennial and tech-savvy talent pool in the procurement team because they embody technology in everyday living, and as such, will be proactive and assertive in tapping into latest technologies in procurement process
  • Master Communicator of Value
    • Responsible to communicate the strategic value of procurement to Board, Management and Business Leaders so as to reinforce the critical value proposition of a sound procurement to achieving Company’s strategic goals
    • Communicate the value-add of sound procurement process and assert that procurement is not a bureaucratic machinery to frustrate business leaders and operations
    • Clarify of thinking to match complex business needs with the right and optimal procurement strategy
    • Savings in procurement must NOT mean reduction in operating budgets – a good GCPO must avoid conflict with budget-owning business leaders, while delivering value enhancements for the Company
    • Structure innovative procurement metrics to capture the value-add from sound procurement activity – good procurement metrics must not just be about the hard-savings alone
  • Value-Added Business Partner
    • No longer just a tactical, transactional processing partner – a good GCPO must internalize that procurement has evolved into a complex management service, intended to support the strategic aims of the Company
    • Must win the trust capital of business leaders to lead the negotiation with suppliers – procurement in business-enabler to shape deals and explore plausible options on behalf of the Company
    • Drive the procurement process based on expertise and value-add and avoid cost-driven decisions that would be ‘penny wise, pound foolish’
    • Embrace value-based strategic procurement that can translate into bottom line improvement to the Company – to ensure that the procurement strategy is aligned with, and that it rolls-up to, the overall strategic goals
    • Relationships with strategic vendors matter! Must avoid discriminating vendors on the basis of price alone, when these vendors may had invested in production capacity and stock to provide reliability that justifies a price premium
  • Manage Procurement Well
    • Manage internal transactions for ordering and receiving goods and services, and handling of procurement data – the primary goal here is to maximize the efficiency of transaction-flow and reporting
    • Support for vendor engagement and contracting processes – which may consist of regular price negotiations for raw materials, packaging, tools, consumables, components and other regular purchases
    • Collaborate with business leaders to define better specifications for the products and services to be procured
    • Be actively involved in the procurement of non-traditional services such as audit, training and legal


  • Recognized Bachelor’s Degree
  • Possess the above qualities, the ideal GCHRO must embody these core competencies:
    • Integrity
    • Leadership
    • Strategic Thinking
    • Business Acumen
    • Problem Solving Analysis
    • Decision Making
    • Performance Management
    • Results Driven
    • Communication Proficiency
    • Relationship Building
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Comfort with Ambiguity
    • Driving Change
    • Negotiation Skills
    • Emotional IQ
    • Aptitude for Technology
    • Category Management
    • Analytical Analysis

If you are interested, kindly email your updated resume to Wai Ling at or click “Apply Now”. Regretfully, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you!