CIRCULAR NO: 049/2021

Date:  08 July 2021


NBI is passionate about building a team of high performing individuals who are committed to our purpose of providing products to patients to alleviate pain and suffering and improve their quality of life.

Inspired by our values, we strive nurture a culture that thrives on innovation and collaboration.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the following vacancy.




Division / Department:                 Finance

Position reports to:                         Financial Director

Grade:                                               15


About the role

This role is responsible for

  • Developing and implementing NBI’s active raw material strategic sourcing initiatives both nationally and internationally, taking into consideration volume required, quality and price.
  • Establishing a credible active raw material supply pipeline to meet and exceed NBI’s short and long-term requirements.
  • Taking ownership and accountability of developing and sustaining productive relationships with key suppliers.


Minimum Requirements

  • 3 to 5 years’ strategic sourcing experience at senior level.
  • Sound experience in contract negotiation, procurement and sourcing.
  • Experience in a pharmaceutical industry an added advantage.
  • Experience working in other African countries an added advantage.
  • Candidates must be willing to travel within Africa and internationally as and when required.
  • Relevant post graduate qualification
  • MBA an added advantage


Specific Operational Requirements

The successful candidate will be required to work:

  • An 8 hour day between 08h00 to 16h00
  • May be required to work overtime to meet the business needs
  • Must be prepared to work shifts when needed

Specific SHE Requirements

  • Pre-employment, routine and exit medicals are compulsory due to the nature of the business
  • Attendance to SHE related training is mandatory
  • Adherence to SHE Instructions (Waste Segregation, Water and Energy Saving Initiatives)
  • Compliance to SHE Site Rules is compulsory
  • NBI uses hazardous and biologically active chemicals. The successful candidate will be required to use proper PPE and will go through medical examinations as per OSH Act requirements.


Key Performance Areas


Strategic Procurement

  • Ensure forecast demand availability of active raw materials in accordance with policies, standards, regulations and/or laws.
  • Undertake market analysis to identify and/or create new opportunities.
  • Undertake feasibility studies.
  • Identify and evaluate potential suppliers and develop approaches to attract them to the NBI programme
  • Negotiate prices and delivery of materials to produce cost savings, reduce lead times and manage contracts.


Supplier management

  • Meet with suppliers to manage and monitor service delivery, discuss production forecasts and changes.
  • Establish and agree SLAs.
  • Develop and manage supplier relationships.
  • Maintain vendor database.
  • Source and validate new suppliers.
  • In conjunction with Demand Manager, establish most appropriate active raw material to procure for NBI’s needs.
  • Participate in supplier audits.


Cost Management

  • Monitor supplier price adjustments factoring into account exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Compile annual active raw material budget.


Contract Management

  • Successfully manage and negotiate multi-territory agreements.
  • Contract management and administration.
  • Negotiate price, delivery and terms of payment.


Transport and Storage

  • Ensure efficient delivery, on-time delivery of active raw materials.
  • Select transportation routes to maximise combining shipments or consolidating warehousing and distribution.
  • Cold chain management of active raw materials



  • Develop strong relationships with the internal and external stakeholders to ensure alignment of business objectives.
  • Ensure adherence to NBI procurement policies, procedures and practices.
  • Attend and represent NBI at conferences/events that are centred on active raw materials.


Core Competencies

  • Managing Relationships
  • Personal Leadership
  • Business Impact
  • Leading and Influencing Others
  • Performance Management
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Innovation
  • Negotiation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Action oriented
  • Integrity
  • Attention to detail
  • Personal Leadership
  • Relationship Management
  • Accountability
  • Delivery against commitments
  • Networking ability
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Persuasion and Negotiation
  • Communication (verbal and written)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates culture and values


In line with the Employment Equity Act, preference will be given to those applicants whose appointment will address the demographic imbalances in our work force profile.


Due to the nature of the business, pre-employment, routine and exit medical examinations are compulsory.

All personal information received will be processed in accordance with The Protection of Personal Information Act No. 4 OF 2013.

To be considered for this position, please email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21 July 2021 with the name of the vacancy for which you are applying in the subject line.


Closing Date:  21 July 2020

If you have not had a response from us within 30 days after the closing date, kindly accept that your application has been unsuccessful.


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