Start Date : January 3rd, 2022
EF Educational Tours is currently looking for an energetic and enthusiastic professional for the position of Procurement Specialist for the LATAM region to join our Operations department in Panama City, Panama.
As a Procurement Specialist, you will be procuring cost-effective and quality services and solutions. This position will report to the Director of Procurement and will work closely with suppliers and EF functions.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to :
Procurement, Negotiation & Contracting leading negotiations of pricing and commercial terms for the assigned categories, geographies, and suppliers, while also scouting the market for potential new suppliers
Cost & Quality Management meeting cost and process efficiency targets by giving EF access to favorable pricing and conditions whilst maintaining a high standard of quality and customer satisfaction
Inventory Management analyze, procure, and process adequate inventory levels to meet forecasted demand
Strategy & Execution actively participating in setting and delivering on mid to long term strategic direction and supplier segmentation for the area of responsibility
Supplier Relationship Management manage relationships with current and potential supply base through the implementation of a SRM approach
Risk & Safety Management proactively manage and monitor potential risk exposure and safety concerns
Budget & Cash Flow Management continuously monitor, project, and deliver on costs according to a set plan, while also participating in the budget processes as part of the EF budget cycles
Market Knowledge, Trends, & Innovation being on the forefront of the supply market by consistently networking and researching within the industry, as well as gaining market insight into evolving trends in spend categories and geographies with a focus on bringing innovation to EF
Travelling is required for up to 40% of the time depending on the season, to be on the road learning the market, cultivating relationship with suppliers, and securing business agreements.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in business, economics, or tourism
Minimum 2 years of experience in services procurement, business management, or a similar field
Experience in the travel, tourism, educational travel, or online travel agency industry along with a strong interest and network in these fields is preferred
Strategic mindset whilst actively engaged to run day-to-day priorities
Strong and proven analytical skills
Agile and open-minded team player, with a solution oriented, innovative, and driven mentality
Comfortable in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Strong communication, negotiation skills and cultural awareness
Proficient knowledge of Excel
Business fluency in English and Spanish. Any other languages advantageous
To be considered for this role, applicants must either be Panamanian citizens or have the legal right to live and work in Panama (residency and work permit).