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Procurement Manager - Soft Services

Job Title: Procurement Manager - Soft Services
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Worcester
Salary: £350 - 400 per day
REF: Harry3544
Contact Name: Liam Murphy
Contact Email:
Job Published: 7 months ago

Job Description

Procurement Manager – Soft Services


Location: Worcestershire (WF4) 

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Pay: £400.00 per day Umbrella (inside IR35)

Duration: Ongoing contract


  • Procurement projects lead - Soft services (experience in workwear would be preferable but other indirects/soft services considered).
    • Lead category strategy development, execution and sourcing activity within agreed categories of supplytie
    • Ensure supply chain solutions are fit for purpose, aligned to business needs, and represent lowest total cost, optimal service and highest quality with relevant impactful supply base innovation
    • Ensure robust management of key supplier relationships within agreed categories of supply
    • Trusted commercial partner working closely with key stakeholders to reflect and influence the needs of all Business Units and functions in developing category plans
      • Best value for money on category spend, achieving annualised and in-year benefits, savings targets, and continuous improvement opportunities
      • Demonstrable application of a full category management approach delivering quantifiable value to the bottom line
      • Interface with Supply Chain Business Unit Business Partners to understand & influence business needs and demand. Seen to be working in partnership with stakeholders to ensure an optimal supply chain performance
      • Robust management of key supplier relationships within category within a culture of continuous improvement
      • Demonstrates that Our Client is a customer of choice who works in partnership with key suppliers to unlock new joint value and improve performance
      • Work with the Head of Category to define and execute category strategy plans which are aligned with Account Souring Plans (ASPs) and Our Clients business objectives
      • Plan the category review cycle based on business priorities, risk, contract expiry, spend analysis and opportunities identified.
      • Prepare and execute RFx/eRFx/eAuctions, evaluating, selecting, negotiating and contracting with suppliers
      • Lead initiatives to optimise category maturity in terms of spend under management, spend under contract, spend compliance and spend concentration
      • Ensure regular market testing and benchmarking is performed. Maintain a strong awareness of market trends and work with key suppliers to deliver value and innovation within defined categories
      • Conduct segmentation of the supply base, tailoring the management approach and allocation of tasks to the nature and criticality of the supply, ensuring clear ownership across the team, and removing duplicate activities
      • Drive compliance to the PSL and maximise savings and benefits in line with benefits methodology

Person Specification

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience/qualifications
  • A track record in managing procurement spend in relevant category of supply
  • First class interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills
  • Significant commercial procurement experience
  • Experience in a complex environment, with a diverse range of stakeholders and customers
  • Demonstrable category management and negotiating skills


  • MCIPS qualified