Purchasing Manager

Website Zambia Sugar

a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar Africa (Pty)

Zambia Sugar Plc. is a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar Africa (Pty) Ltd Group and is the leading sugar producer in Zambia.  Its main activities are the growing of sugar cane, the production and marketing of sugar and other sugar downstream products.

The Company invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the position of Purchasing Manager in the Supply Chain Department, based in Nakambala Mazabuka.


The position reports to the Procurement and Inventory Manager. The successful candidate shall be accountable for effective local purchasing and continuous optimization to support the strategy of increased contract buying.


  • Manage day-to-day buying and related planning
  • Review and use analytical data and reports to drive efficiencies and identify opportunities for optimization of contract buying or improved inventory managmanat.
  • Support the embedding of best practices, minimum standards, policies, processes, tools, and technology
  • Manage, track and report on the compliance and progress of raised purchase orders; support the team to prioritize and expedite based on business needs
  • Ensure that accurate data is recorded in the ERP system for reliable reporting and analysis
  • Establish and communicate sourcing requirement criteria and collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure all information is provided to fast track the buying process
  • Support in-sourcing local purchases and the local application of contracts
  • Support the validation of all purchase requisition requests against the catalogue
  • Implement and oversee effective and efficient service delivery and resolution of issues affecting delivery or supply constraints
  • Communicate with line managers and suppliers to ensure Procurement expectations are met


  • Full Grade 12 Certificate
  • BSc/BA Degree in Purchasing & Supply/ Supply Chain Management, CIPS Professional Diploma, or Equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years’ Purchasing & Supply /Supply Chain Management experience, in a Manufacturing environment/industry
  • 2+ years in a management role
  • Strong technical knowledge and understanding of Procurement processes and Supply Chain management
  • Ability to engage, manage and partner with stakeholders at all levels
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills
  • Member of Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply (ZIPS) – Mandatory
  • Valid Driver’s license.

Should you be interested in applying for the role, please submit your Curriculum Vitae, copies of relevant qualifications, relevant professional accreditation, registrations and National Registration ID/Passport for the attention of the HR Business Partner to [email protected]

The subject of your email should read: Application: Purchasing Manager

Please upload all your documents as one SINGLE PDF or ZIP file. Ensure your application is complete with all the requirements above. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be required to complete pre-employment checks (qualification, credit, security, background, and medical assessments) as part of the recruitment process where applicable.

The closing date for applications is 2nd May 2024.

Should you not hear from us within 4 weeks after the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

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