Plant Buyer – Management trainee

Genpact (NYSE: G) is a global professional services and solutions firm delivering outcomes that shape the future. Our 125,000+ people across 30+ countries are driven by our innate curiosity, entrepreneurial agility, and desire to create lasting value for clients.  Powered by our purpose – the relentless pursuit of a world that works better for people – we serve and transform leading enterprises, including the Fortune Global 500, with our deep business and industry knowledge, digital operations services, and expertise in data, technology, and AI.  


We are inviting applications for the role of Plant Buyer – Management Trainee – English – On site Johannesburg!

In this role, The Local Plant Buyer is the main point of contact for the internal customer and manages local purchasing requests in collaboration with the sourcing and category management organization and guarantees efficient contract implementation and acceptance on site, related to one or several sites. Also, managers and closes out related procurement queries.



  • Analyse low and medium value spot buys for PO < R200,000 that is not repetitive purchases.

·        Identify and escalate repetitive low & medium value spot buys to the Country Category Managers for strategic analysis and sourcing.

·       Search for potential suppliers within preferred supplier lists and identify additional suppliers if not on preferred supplier lists.

·        Conduct RFQ (negotiation, supplier selection) and support responding suppliers in case of commercial or system related issues.

·        Facilitate clarification of technical questions between internal stakeholders and suppliers where required.

·       For selected buys follow-up on technical evaluations with internal stakeholders to ensure timeliness of tendering process.

·        Execute negotiation, supplier selection and determine PO terms and conditions.

·       Update Free Text purchase requests to ensure all relevant info is in place in order business can make decision on approval.

·        Facilitate, manage and escalate (where appropriate) queries and issues relating to the execution of spot buys to appropriate stakeholders and interfaces (global or regional) according to collaboration models.

·        Verify purchase request quality and correct buying channel for buy request.

·        Where routed from the helpdesk, resolve claims and issues with spot buys

  • Manage requisition changes or close PO if no longer needed
  • Manage PO changes: Upon supplier/user request to amend POs, follow up with user/supplier to determine feasibility; change/modify POs if needed. If no resolution can be achieved escalate to team lead and other responsible persons using standard procedures

Qualifications we seek in you

Minimum qualifications

·       Technical degree preferred or additional experience/expertise

·       Relevant years of experience in sourcing/procurement function

·       Prior work experience in manufacturing industry

Preferred qualifications

·       Skilled in using equipment and software programs needed to provide services in a timely manner (Oracle, Microsoft suite of tools);

·       Strong Sourcing and Procurement functional knowledge

·       Proficient in computer application including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

·       Good communication Skills (Written and Oral)

·       Strong interpersonal and analytical skills

What can we offer?

·       Attractive salary and benefits such as Medical Aid, Retirement and risk benefits

·       Work in a multicultural environment;

·       Various trainings (technical & soft skills);

·       Development opportunities in a growing multinational company;

In case Genpact does not respond to your application within 30 days, please consider it was not successful for the current recruitment process for this role.


Genpact is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. Genpact is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation. Get to know us at www.genpact.comand on X, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Furthermore, please do note that Genpact does not charge fees to process job applications and applicants are not required to pay to participate in our hiring process in any other way. Examples of such scams include purchasing a ‘starter kit,’ paying to apply, or purchasing equipment or training.

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