Category Specialist - Major Projects


Location: Perth

Job Type: Full time


South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources. We produce commodities including bauxite, alumina, aluminium, metallurgical coal, copper, lead, manganese, nickel, silver and zinc from our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. With a focus on growing our base metals exposure, we also have two development options in North America and several partnerships with junior explorers around the world.

The Opportunity – 24mth Fixed Term Position

The position of Category Specialist will be responsible for providing specialist advice and executing Category Management activities in line with specified guidelines and business requirements to increase productivity, lower costs, manage risks and unlock organisational value safely and sustainably.

Reporting to the Manager Major Projects & Procurement key role accountabilities include:

  • Drives cross-functional outcomes through collaborative engagement and influencing underpinned by deep sourcing expertise and end-to-end category and contract management
  • Contributes to an inclusive culture that strives to drive value and innovation
  • Supports the Category to procure goods and / or services to ensure both project and optimal commercial outcomes are achieved, including:
  • Analysis of opportunities to optimise spend and reduce supply and project risk across categories
  • Develops effective collaborative relationships with internal business leaders to understand current and future business requirements, to forecast demand, and verify established contracts are effective, and with suppliers to ensure optimum delivery quality and sustained performance in line with business and project objectives.
  • Ensures that the necessary Contract handover activities are completed to enable the Major Projects team to effectively administer the Contract.
  • Develops and executes category and sourcing strategies that optimise cost and are strategically aligned to the Major Projects portfolio
  • Assisting with and/or leading commercial contract negotiations with vendors for strategic contracts
  • Engaging with key stakeholders across the business to seek endorsements & approvals
  • Monitoring existing contracts and the portfolio of suppliers supporting the business ensuring optimal usage & performance against business and project expectations
  • Completing required internal documentation and approvals in accordance with South32 standards and policies
  • Executes activities that contribute to the Local Procurement Plan including the identification of Indigenous Supply opportunities.
  • Develop, maintain and share market intelligence regarding vendors and innovation applicable to operations
  • Provides first line risk assurance over Category Management activity and verifies compliance with Commercial Policies, Procedures, Frameworks and Processes

About You

You will be required to have the following:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in Commercial/ Supply/Projects environment
  • Preferred 12 months strategic sourcing or category management experience
  • Mining & metals experience preferred


  • National Diploma or advanced certificate in Business, Commerce, Finance, Engineering, or related disciplines

Our benefits

  • Competitive salaries including Short-Term Incentive Bonus
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Family Health Care
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Exclusive employee discounts including health insurance, technology and travel


This role will preferably be based at our office in the heart of the Perth CBD, however we can accommodate a diverse range of candidates requirements. We understand and value the benefits flexibility brings and operate a hybrid work model (in the office and from home)

Our culture

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.
We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.
South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.

Applications close 30th March 2023

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