Interim IT Procurement Manager

Working mainly remotely with a few days a month onsite in Warwick, this interim role is for a true IT Procurement specialist.

Working for this FTSE 100 company based, your role will see you reporting to the Global IT Procurement Category Manager(s) where you will help in developing, executing, and implementing effective procurement strategies across the IT category; (Hardware, Software, Digital Consulting, Digital Implementation, Application Development, Application Maintenance, Professional Services) category.

This Global IT Category team creates category strategies, sources, negotiates and implements supply agreements, covering primarily IT spend categories.

The ideal candidate is self-driven, thinks long-term, drives multiple initiatives, communicates appropriately and influences customers and suppliers at all levels.

You will be collaborative but also work with significant autonomy.

To be successful in this role you will be highly analytical; think strategically and globally; exhibit curiosity and learning drive; have a sense of urgency to meet customer timelines, succeed in a fast-paced environment; and have a high level of customer focus and business judgement.
Key Accountabilities

Category Management

  • With the support of the Category Manager and Senior Buyers, work with Stakeholders to establish clear business needs, apply forward-thinking skills to establish flexible long-term category strategies with value options & clear supplier performance criteria
  • Partner effectively with stakeholders to become a trusted business partner
  • Provide strategic direction, and communicate goals, practices, and processes of the Global Sourcing organisation with respective business partners
  • Able to execute complex and often global in nature, sourcing activities implementing more than one option: RFX, e-sourcing and reverse auctions
  • Analyse forecast trends and track category savings targets in support of Procurement and category team commitment and goals.
  • Evaluate and apply the concept of the total cost of ownership (TCO) and switching costs to support decision making

Commercial Negotiation

  • Solid understanding of contractual terms & conditions and able to craft structured agreements with legal and stakeholder input
  • Establish structured negotiation plans with clarity of desired outcomes, leveraging stakeholder input and support where appropriate
  • Understanding of the supplier’s position, desired outcomes, and leverage points

Supplier Relationship Management

  • Identifies critical suppliers and creates appropriate engagement plans to ensure our Supply Chain risk profile and inputs to continuous improvement are proactively managed
  • Demonstrates a collaborative approach with the supply base and develops integrated plans to drive appropriate value for business and customer requirements
  • Builds appropriate supplier performance measurements (KPIs) into contractual frameworks

Systems and Analytics

  • Ability to adapt to different ERP systems such as SAP, Tableau, Ariba, Spend Analytics
  • Understands how to analyse large data sets and extract information for strategic decision making


  • Bachelor’s degree required; in supply chain, finance or business management preferred.
  • Preferred five years’ experience in IT strategic sourcing, agile product delivery, contract negotiations and vendor management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, specifically working cross-functionally to support critical business objectives at all levels of the company.
  • Working knowledge of ERP systems
  • MBA, MS, CIPS Level 5 (Advanced Diploma) preferred. Successful completion of professional negotiation coursework preferred
  • An equivalent combination of education and extensive subject matter expertise along with procurement experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education requirements listed above.