Som Sankar

Supplier Excellence at Unilever (Senior Manager)

Bengaluru Area, India

Unilever

1000 /30mins

Short Biography

Manages the delivery and operations of a multi-vendor program. He has strong focus on improving process, driving innovation and productivity. He has experience in performing gap analysis, process definition, risk identification and quality improvement through lean six sigma methodologies. He was responsible for setting up, building and monitoring the vendor governance framework, monitoring the vendor engagements, service delivery and off boarding of vendors. He has done indirect sourcing and is an outsourcing expert.

Experience

Senior Manager Supplier Excellence, Unilever

Sep 2014 to Present

Procurement Business Partner (Outsourcing Advisory), AstraZeneca

Apr 2011 to Oct 2014

Stakeholder engagement - • Work closely with senior level business leaders to understand business priorities and create IT sourcing road map • Agree sourcing plans and set expectations for effective value delivery with business Category Strategy • Develop the IT category plan (Vision, Strategy and Implementation Road Map) Strategic Sourcing • Accountable for sourcing activities within a key area of spend which is typically high dollar value, complex in nature, may be multi-geographic • Conduct commercial review of complex procurement requisitions in accordance with business, budgets and compliance requirement , including: o Costs benefit analysis on planned acquisitions o Contracts development with focus on specifications, performance terms, and/or acceptance criteria. o Vendor negotiations Supplier Management Lead relationships with critical suppliers to provide secure and cost effective solutions Develop procurement teams and processes Project engagements Project 1: Setting up an IT Technology Centre in India (Green field project) Key Responsibilities • Devise sourcing strategy for the entire fit out – facilities, engineering and IT • Prepare budget and work with business sponsor to get approval • Develop the team, tools and sourcing process • Heading sourcing for IT network/WIFI, TP, audio visual, Engineering, HR – Recruitment and fit-out of warm shell • Deliver as per the budget and drive savings • Ensure supplier compliance with AZ safety, health and environmental requirements • Coordinate activities for import orders and provide supply assurance with respect to custom and SEZ clearance Project 2: Setting up Procurement Outsourcing operations Lead a cross functional team which developed a solution to outsource end to end tactical and commodity categories Key Responsibilities • Understand service market maturity, key players and different models available for outsourcing • Evaluate RFP responses and evaluate suppliers • Solution refinement based on two way due diligence • Transition/ Implementation • Setting up transition governance and BAU governance • Establishing a competitive internal multi-sourcing environment to optimize value and risk profile

Business Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland

Feb 2010 to Mar 2011

ABN AMRO Core banking migration - Systems/ Governance • Responsible for moving the governance mechanism from Netherlands to India & developing relationship with the business users in Europe • Building credibility, establishing rapport, and maintaining communication with internal and external stakeholders • Responsible for creating solution designs from business requirements within the defined framework • Responsible for the handing over of the solution/functional designs to the third party vendors • Responsible for making sure that the actual system gets developed according to the specifications and is thoroughly tested

Lead Consultant/ Implementation Consultant, Computer Science Corporation

Apr 2007 to Feb 2010

Project Description: Implementing MAPS (ERP package) across different Pfizer plants • Responsible for Project delivery, requirements management, customer interface & enterprise wide business process standardization • Identify risks and bring it to stake holder’s notice, work out back up plans for mitigating and managing risks. Provide periodic reports to stake holders • Visits to plants & markets, interaction with clients, study their procurement, manufacturing, financial business processes, mentor them and help them in change management • Training of business process owners and helping them train the end users. Coordinating the development of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and SOI (Standard Operating Instructions) • Mentoring the onsite teams for GMP compliance and validation of systems • GAP analysis by mapping the generic user requirements with their core business or compliance requirements

Lead Consultant, Infosys Technologies limited

Dec 2002 to Jul 2005

Project management, team management, SDLC, Software coding and Quality Assurance

Education

MBA, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

Jun 2005 to Feb 2007

, Xavier Institute of Management

Dec 2004 to Dec 2006

B Tech, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela

Apr 1998 to Jul 2002

, National Institute of Technology Rourkela

Dec 1997 to Dec 2001

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