The Procurement team is made up of 12, looking to increase to 20 over the next 6 months with newly created roles, amongst some internal promotions. It's a sociable and fun team. The culture of the business is very relaxed and creative and it's a non-corporate dress code. They are also very supportive of one another. Procurement has a good reputation as a function.
This global function has the greatest range of contracts out of all of Procurement and the best track record of promoting people. It has the widest number of stakeholders. Spend under contract right now is almost £100m and growing.
2x Vacancies at Procurement Business Partner level. One technology focused, the other more non-IT such as professional services.
- Running RFPs for new and existing spend; lead negotiations with suppliers
- Look at cost savings AND value, for example, what risk can you identify in the contract, review and pick out key concerns in contracts and statements of work therefore creating less work for the Legal team
- Look at high risk contracts, which might be low in value, but are sensitive around GDPR or intellectual property ownership, etc.
- Putting supplier frameworks in place
- Creating stakeholder relationships - blend of "brownfield" i.e. they have some idea about Procurement but don't use Procurement all the time because they have ad-hoc requirements. Some are existing relationships.
- End to end strategic sourcing experience - ideally led on this but if not then a strong understanding of the process
- Any experience in buying technology is useful for one of the roles, but not essential. The other is more focused around professional services and other non-IT indirect categories
- Able to demonstrate how you'd approach an RFP, negotiation and contract (some understanding of contract milestones, payment conditions, liabilities, etc.)
- Self-starter -knows when to escalate but when to make decisions too
- Curious mind-set
- Able to establish relationships
- Ambitious to grow and develop as a Procurement professional