Sun Life offers products and services in insurance, retirement, and investment so their clients can achieve lifetime financial security and live a healthy life.
AVP Procurement Asia
Hong Kong- Taikoo Shing

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Job Description:

The Assistant Vice-President (AVP), Procurement, Asia has direct accountability over procurement services in Asia. The role works with the local procurement functions in each of the business units to ensure they engage with vendors in an effective and efficient manner. The immediate priority will be to ensure local procurement processes and controls are effective, and to coordinate the rollout of Corporate wide procurement systems in Asia where appropriate. The role reports to the Vice President, Head of Finance, Asia and dotted line reporting into AVP, Enterprise Procurement.
  • Have oversight and monitoring over Procurement operations, including Sourcing, Purchasing, related Source-to-pay Systems and Travel Services across Asia
  • Implement appropriate procurement practices, structure, and systems across the Asia businesses including Regional Office, aligned to Sun Life global procurement practices, methodologies and systems
  • Develop monitoring processes to ensure Procurement operations across Asia to ensure adherence to best practices and policies and on a timely basis identify when processes are not aligned
  • Utilize current and emerging technology to strategically serve the procurement and business needs
  • Create and maintain a strong partnership with the global procurement team.
  • Raise visibility and analytics into vendor spend and business travel & entertainment data to help leaders make more informed decisions
  • Lead the identification of supplier gaps and overlaps against governance framework for service providers, and manage supplier relationships to ensure alignment to organizational needs
  • Manage and resolve issues to minimize number of disputes
  • Determine and promote procurement category strategies with business leaders
  • Provide education across the region on appropriate procurement practices
  • Communicate with all levels of internal and external stakeholders, partners, and suppliers to ensure ethical and legal business practices
  • Cultivate internal and external relationships to drive results and build credibility for the Procurement function
  • Assist on material procurement activities in the Regional Office where appropriate and directed

Preferred skills
  • Demonstrated strengths in vendor negotiation, vendor management, partner collaboration and managing across boundaries
  • Proven experience in transforming or implementing change on a large scale within a procurement unit
  • Advanced understanding of project management, data & analytics, continuous improvement methodologies and application
  • Business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resource
  • Ability to communicate professionally and persuasively to senior management in the local businesses
  • Ability to look at current processes, structures and systems related to procurements and compare to best practices/corporate policy expectations and implement and communicate needed changes

  • 10+ years professional experience in procurement-related activities, including 5+ years associated IT experience

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