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Title:  Sourcing China - Consultant


Shanghai, CN

Date:  May 23, 2023

About Chain IQ


Chain IQ is an Independent Global Indirect Procurement company providing strategic, tactical, and operational procurement services. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland Chain IQ operates from 6 main centers and 14 offices worldwide.

Our team of experts work to transform procurement within an organization utilizing our market knowledge and insights supported by innovative technology to drive procurement efficiencies. 

We apply the latest risk, sustainability, and social responsibility practices to strengthen procurement resilience. Chain IQ’s approach to ESG supports ethical operations, business standards and bio-diversity whilst minimizing environmental impact.


Join our Team

It is an exciting time at Chain IQ and our team in China are looking for a Consultant in Sourcing.

Chain IQ generates value far beyond cost reduction. We transform our client’s indirect procurement towards a world-class, resilient, ethical and digitalized end-to-end function. We promote a culture of collaboration and shared excellence while encouraging an open and honest exchange of ideas. We offer the potential for significant corporate growth and career development.

Our ambition is to strengthen the existing highly experienced team to provide the best in industry support to our growing client base.


Role Purpose

The primary purpose is to deliver value add sourcing services to clients in a structured, professional and consistent manner.



We are currently seeking a Consultant to join the Sourcing China Team. The Consultant needs to be a dynamic, highly client-focused individual with proven experience within the industry.


The individual will have experience in working with the main suppliers globally.


Main responsibilities will include:


Relationship Management

  • Proactively foster effective collaboration and ensure strong communication with key client stakeholders and colleagues in and across the region(s) to deliver defined business goals.
  • Develop key client stakeholder matrix per category/location, maintaining regular engagement and driving high levels of client engagement and satisfaction.
  • Ensure appropriate supplier relationship management for assigned suppliers.
  • Act as key contact person for China locations on allocated categories and sourcing initiatives.


Sourcing Planning

  • Perform spend and contract analysis to identify sourcing and cost reduction opportunities.
  • Working with clients and colleagues, define and implement commodity strategies and sourcing area plans for China locations, whilst ensuring appropriate alignment to global and regional strategies.
  • Ensure representation of regional/local interests and requirement of APAC clients to Global sourcing categories.


Management of Sourcing Initiatives

  • Lead and execute sourcing projects from end-to-end in line with agreed timelines and service quality.
  • Deliver allocated savings target as assigned to categories and locations though the effective management of sourcing initiatives, with proper tracking and reporting of savings achievements.
  • In collaboration with procurement operations, drive adoption of procure-to-pay “P2P” through sourcing initiatives and ongoing contract management.
  • Adhere to defined sourcing policies and processes.
  • Ensure a high-level of ethics in supplier and / or client engagements.


Sourcing Support

  • Provide sourcing subject matter expertise and be involved to support client engagements and / or pitches.
  • Provide sourcing planning and execution of projects across a dynamic, multi-client environment.





  • University degree (ideally in economics or Supply Management and/or Legal) or industry experience equivalent.
  • Additional certification as Sourcing/Procurement professional.
  • Strong oral and written English and Simplified Chinese (mandatory).



  • A minimum of 6+ years experience and demonstrable success in strategic sourcing ideally gained in an international environment.
  • Excellent communication (written, verbal) and interpersonal skills to positively influence people to make the appropriate decisions for the client(s) and resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Ability to work as part of a cross functional team.
  • Highly competent in negotiations and contract knowledge with a strong ability to converse, negotiate with suppliers / clients and review contracts in Simplified Chinese and English.
  • Strong project management experience.
  • Experienced in conducting tenders (request for information/proposal/quotation).
  • Commodity sourcing experience in one or more of the following categories is highly advantageous:


  1. IT (Hardware, Software, Telecommunication, Data Centre)
  2. Professional Services (Legal, Audit, Management Consulting)
  3. Market Data Services (MDS)
  4. Facility Management, Corporate Services, Real Estate
  5. Marketing (Branding, Sponsorship, Corporate Communications)
  6. Human Resources (Recruitment, Benefits, Payroll, Training)
  7. Outsourcing & Offshoring (ITO, BPO, KPO)
  8. Travel (Airlines, Hotels, Serviced Apartments, Travel Management Companies)
  9. Banking services (Market Data, Exchanges)


Desirable qualities

  • To be successful, you need to be a fast learner, willing to take on new challenges, have a positive mindset and be a good team player.



We proudly offer a first-class benefits package to all employees, so come and join Chain IQ and become part of an innovative, inspiring, and high-performing team of entrepreneurs, who are globally connected and locally anchored.

Please let us know if you require any assistance during the recruitment process so that we can work with you to meet your needs.

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