Senior Procurement Manager (Soft FM)

A Fortune 500 professional services company with a best-in-class procurement function is seeking a Senior Procurement Manager.

A Fortune 500 professional services company with a best-in-class procurement function is recruiting a Senior Procurement Manager looking to play a leadership role in a high-performing team. 

Acting as a number two to the Procurement Director, you’ll be an escalation point for the rest of the team and have a minimum of five years’ indirects experience within a large corporate environment, ideally with some soft FM experience or a good mix of indirects categories experience. 

As part of a large, London-based procurement function, you will manage supplier relationships and complex contracts for a host of high-profile clients across the UK for key areas of spend in its FM business unit.

This role is within a busy, fast-paced and ever-changing environment and would suit someone with excellent relationship-building skills who can deal with ambiguity and pivot to the needs of the business and its clients. 

The role will see you working in one of the business’ newly refurbished central London offices a minimum of two times per week with the rest of the working week to be conducted remotely.

As Senior Procurement Manager your key responsibilities will be:

  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with the business unit and penetrating the organisation by continually demonstrating value and breaking down barriers to effectively manage spend
  • Creating a roadmap that defines how to influence in the organisation will be gained, ensuring consistent messaging and delivery of activities is performed with business unit stakeholders so their understanding and comfort level grows
  • Understanding business and client requirements and supporting the business unit in developing and implementing an appropriate 3 – 5-year procurement plan through the development of regional and national procurement strategies for the category
  • Developing a detailed understanding of current issues within the categories considering the client requirements, changing economic or market conditions, legal and regulatory requirements, operating procedures and practices, management restructurings, impact of new technology and financial stability of suppliers and insights and solutions within subcategories
  • Sourcing the appropriate supply chain through the supplier vetting process and authenticating the exempt supplier list ensuring that supply chain sourcing is structured to meet stakeholder requirements
  • Sourcing, leading and managing procurement projects for the category, ensuring internal/ external governance and best practice is followed and value for money is achieved
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the tier 1 (preferred framework suppliers) and tier 2 suppliers (their direct sub-contractors) within the category
  • Owning and leading the strategic supplier relationships to meet global procurement and client objectives and acting as a point of escalation where required
  • Serving as the interface between the functional team members to ensure the effective definition of and delivery of category management activities – acts as a centre of excellence for the category within the procurement function and promotes the benefits and best practice sourcing principles to stakeholders within the category area
  • Building strong working relationships with business unit and client stakeholders in order to ensure requirements and considerations are being incorporated into category management and sourcing plans – liaises and reports to clients as appropriate on procurement and supply chain management activity

Skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Must have a minimum of five years’ relevant procurement and supply management experience
  • Experience within Property or Facilities Management preferable
  • Professional certification e.g., CIPS or evidence of continued professional growth
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate
  • Personable and able to form strong working relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders up to senior level
  • Experience in effective supplier management (including commercial and qualitative performance, risk management and supplier relationship management) techniques
  • Able to demonstrate experience in a broad range of key procurement skills including leadership, negotiation, influencing, project and change management and governance
  • Experience with e-procurement tools and systems
  • Strong analytical skills and advanced knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint essential)
  • Category knowledge preferred

Benefits of the Senior Procurement Manager role include:   

  • £60-65,000
  • Bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • 5% matched pension
  • 25 days holiday