Company: NES Fircroft
Skills: Operations Management, Contracts Engineer, Supply Chain Management
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Contractor
Salary: N/A
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Our client, a large oil and gas company, is currently seeking a Category Advisor - Drilling & Completion for a contract until Sept 2022.

Reporting to the Sr. Manager - SCM Well Delivery & Operations, the incumbent in this position will develop and execute innovative, strategic sourcing strategies and contracts across the Client organization, primarily for the Drilling and Completions portfolio. This portfolio could include but is not limited to the categories of Drilling Rigs, Directional Drilling, Cementing (Primary and Remedial), Drilling Fluids, Power Tongs, Electronic Monitoring, Fishing, Drilling Tools, Drill Bits, Coring Services and Rigs, Rig Communication Equipment and Services, Coil Tubing Services, Wirelines Services, Wellheads, Well Stimulation, Frac Water Management, DHE Frac Systems, Production Testing, Subbing Services, and Welding Services.

The incumbent focus on high criticality categories that impact the company. Typically, s/he will be responsible for categories that are between $5MM to $100MM per category/project. S/he will be dealing with a multi-regional view and vendors that are multinationals. Support will be provided by the Sr. Manager in strategy development, sourcing and award activities. The Category Advisor will assume accountability for the management of supplier performance and relationship aspects. Working closely with the Business Units, suppliers and other stakeholders, s/he will be responsible for utilizing expertise in the areas of:

(1) Scope Segmentation

(2) Demand Planning and Forecasting

(3) Market Analysis,

(4) Sourcing Options Selection

(5) Tendering and Market Test

(6) Negotiations and Contract Award

(7) Supplier Performance Management

(8) Materials Management and

(9) Application of Best Practices and Lessons Learned to ensure sustainable value for Client and mitigate

A future leader and bridge builder, the incumbent must possess particularly strong collaboration and forward-thinking skills which enables the incumbent to respond proactively to changing dynamics among key stakeholders and anticipating evolving demand within the primary customer base. S/he will be an effective communicator, adept at ensuring appropriate messaging of key corporate requirements, while also attune to the sensitivities and demands of the customer. Capable of leading and/or mentoring others in numerous departmental wide initiatives, delivering against tight timelines and challenging targets, while ensuring workload balance is satisfied on the teams. An ability to influence and identify common ground solutions across departmental and business unit boundaries will be key to success for this position.

Responsibilities (will include but not limited to):

  • Develop and execute enterprise wide category strategies by leading cross functional teams through Client category management process based on an agreed-upon category wave plan and other business strategies approved by management, that may or may not be part of the wave plan
  • Establish category delivery plans, cross functional teams with clear roles and responsibilities and robust stakeholder management strategies.
  • Lead the spend analysis and segmentation of categories based on spend and long term demand including any significant organization or market changes to jointly identify opportunities
  • Ensure category management processes are implemented and maintained from conception to close-out, in accordance with Client Supply Chain Management policies and all relevant regulatory requirements.
  • Lead category or categories' scorecard to measure performance and identify opportunities in accordance with Client Supply Chain Management policy
  • Develop, maintain and enhance Client's approach to the supply market analyzing current and future market activities, trends and identifying sourcing opportunities within the category
  • Manage the development and approval of sourcing strategies, taking into consideration both strategic and tactical levers through the application of appropriate sourcing tools and optimizing supplier relationships within the categories
  • Manage overall sourcing process including RFX development and completion through the use of available technologies. Where appropriate utilize alternative sourcing methods (ie. reverse auctions)
  • Lead the development and negotiation of contracts, focusing on realizing the performance expectations of the strategy while managing appropriate risk allocation, acceptable terms and conditions and correct schedule utilization
  • Manage the evaluation of RFX responses against a set of pre-defined criteria, including management of cross functional stakeholder groups preparing recommendations for award of contract. Apply total cost of ownership (TCO) methodology/methodologies
  • Manage business stakeholder relationships across the organization in order to achieve buy-in and support for establishing KPI targets, objectives and strategies
  • Identify overall value opportunities within the category strategy including operational, structural, process and technology changes to realize benefits working with business stakeholders to initiate additional projects to realize these benefits
  • Manage overall transition from current strategy to the new strategy working with Category Specialists and stakeholders to manage risks and change over plans minimizing business impact
  • Ensure all SCM process, contracting documentation and master data changes are coordinated within the function, collaborating closely with all functions within Supply Chain Management

  • Previous experience with highly critical categories, including categories/projects between $5MM and $100MM
  • Previous experience dealing with a multi-regional view and multinational vendors
  • Must be able to work closely with suppliers and stakeholders
  • Must be able to respond proactively to changing dynamics among key stakeholders and anticipating evolving demand within the primary customer base
  • Capability of leading & mentoring others is an asset
  • Must possess strong communication and problem-solving skills

With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.With more than 100 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.