Procurement Manager - IT

Norton Rose Fulbright
South East England
12 Sep 2017
07 Oct 2017
Contract Type
The Team Norton Rose Fulbright is committed to further developing its IT Professional Procurement Capability in conjunction with existing Vendor, Financial and Software Management functions. At the evolving stage of this development, there is an opportunity to join the function and influence the direction and deliver real change and value. The focus of the individual will be on key regional and global procurements, contract renewals and further driving down the IT cost base, appropriate to the quality of service required. In so doing offering commercial support to the Firm to gain best value, optimised supply chain risk and optimised quality. You will operate in a challenging but rewarding environment where you will have the opportunity to work globally and shape and evolve your role. We recognise that the success of the team relies upon the excellence of its people so professional development is important to us. The Role The Procurement Manager will support the Global Head of Controls in ensuring the delivery of procurement activities against the category strategy. Forming part of a multifunctional team, this is the ideal role for an individual looking to bring their purchasing and contract negotiation experience to bear and assist the IT groups understanding of procurement policies and processes. You will be required to undertake sourcing activities by taking ownership of the whole end to end procurement activity within the domain while building global stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally, in order to create a truly global business partnering approach to Procurement. As this is a newly created position, there will be an emphasis on the candidate being proactive in seeking out savings opportunities that support the local IT functions as well as the firm's global vision. The candidate should be a self-starter, and be able to demonstrate a level of flexibility and creativity in a fast paced and challenging environment. Key Objectives and Accountabilities Responsibilities / Direction Input into and implement against category plans and strategy that are aligned with IT's and the Firm's business direction and objectives. In conjunction with the IT Finance Manager, identify savings opportunities by using spend and contracts data, market information and insight. Lead the implementation of preferred suppliers whilst reducing the number of overall active suppliers that supports a program of supplier categorisation to build value and focus. Develop, issue and manage RFIs / RFPs as appropriate to find the best sourcing solution that meets business and commercial requirements. Create negotiation strategies and undertake supplier negotiations. Liaise with legal to ensure favourable commercial terms which mitigate business risk. Negotiations will be for all IT business units and geographies. Support stakeholders globally with timely communication updates as well as clear expectations setting. Deliver against performance targets and provide reporting in line with business compliance and procedures. Ensure that service quality is achieved, budget goals are met, risks are mitigated and security of supply safeguarded With the support of the Global Head of Controls, anticipate future procurement challenges, ensuring the business is equipped with the right strategies to deliver the best possible commercial outcomes including risks, routes to market, resource commitments, supply market dynamics, competitive strategies and delivery plans. Act as an ambassador for procurement to promote the need and use of systems and tools, both locally and globally. Process and Policy Knowledge of purchasing tools & techniques Conduct market and supplier research to evaluate future options for sourcing Identify and evaluate potential new suppliers and also work where appropriate to consolidate the existing supply arrangements, with a focus on the aggregation of global spend. Devise appropriate sourcing strategies in liaison with the stakeholders and administer sourcing exercises, including preparing sourcing documentation, evaluating supplier proposals and conducting commercial/contractual negotiations with suppliers Recommending sourcing solutions that meet/exceed the category requirements and targets Experience of supplier negotiations and the overall sourcing process (from planning through to implementation) Knowledge of financial, legal and corporate social responsibility issues Promote best practice, continuous improvement and innovation in the procurement life cycle - with an emphasis on ethical procurement. Help manage supplier risk and input into operational IT risk management frameworks Stakeholder Engagement Develop and maintain strong and effective internal relationships with key stakeholders and contributors (IT Vendor Managers, Software Managers, General Council, IT Security, the CTO Office and the IT Finance Manager) Work in close collaboration with stakeholders and contributors as a team to develop a pipeline of opportunities to reduce cost, improve efficiency and service for in-scope spend. Support stakeholders globally with timely communication updates as well as clear expectations setting Assist with providing market insight, benchmarking and research for stakeholders Improving supplier communication to foster an environment for collaboration and innovation. Working in collaboration with IT Vendor Management with respect to the influence of strategic supplier relationships (business critical and high spend). Challenge demand in a constructive and informed manner. Skills and Experience Required Excellent analytical skills. Good knowledge of procurement principles and practices. Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and customer requirements Demonstrable negotiation and influencing skills Self-awareness skills to adopt targeted approaches to a dynamic set of stakeholders Creativity to seek, encourage and find non-traditional approaches to procurement challenges Experience of working across geographies (both internally and externally) Diligent and well organized, and with a good attention to detail and a sense of urgency. A Knowledge of various types of pricing structures as well as associated contract terms/conditions and legal implications. Effective oral and written communication Pro-active behavior that demonstrates initiative and positive work ethic to ensure activities are delivered to the required time, budget and quality. Strong planning and prioritising according to business needs. Solid operational management and general business skills Basic knowledge of finance and/or accounting in terms of budgeting cost management, financial accounting, treasury, risk management, etc. Degree qualified and/or CIPs qualified is desirable but consideration will be given to candidates who can demonstrate career depth and experience without these qualifications Flexibility to travel as required At Norton Rose Fulbright we welcome receiving direct candidate applications via our careers page. If you would like to ask any specific questions beforehand, please contact Simon Bristow at (enquiries only please - we do not accept applications by email) NO AGENCIES PLEASE Diversity and Inclusion At Norton Rose Fulbright we value difference and promote a culture of respect for each individual. 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