Procurement Manager - Professional Service

Royal Mail
City Of London, London
23 Jul 2017
22 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Job reference number 77250

Procurement Manager - Professional Service

Starting at £48,000 (dependent on experience) plus an excellent benefits package including an on target bonus of 18%, £4,000 car allowance, single healthcare and pension

Full time


London or Chesterfield

Procurement Manager, Professional Services (London or Chesterfield)

Our world class Procurement teams are responsible for negotiating contracts and managing expenditure on various goods and services including vehicles, marketing, professional services, uniforms, temporary labour, technology and property. We play a key role in ensuring optimal value for money on Royal Mail’s external expenditure; this includes managing commercial risk and developing strategic relationships with key suppliers. It’s all part and parcel of procurement at Royal Mail, now a FTSE 100 company.

In recognition of our ambition to conduct world class sourcing and category management, Royal Mail was awarded ‘Platinum’ status by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) in 2013; the first company globally to achieve this highest level of certification. 

The role of Procurement Manager (Professional Services) will focus particularly on the procurement of consultancy, legal or marketing services although the successful applicant will also have an opportunity to work on other categories depending on business needs and personal objectives. The role includes all the usual procurement disciplines such as negotiation of contracts and managing relationships with suppliers and key stakeholders. Cost reduction is a key goal. 

About You

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

- Strategic sourcing and category management expertise in the procurement of legal, consultancy or marketing services.

- Finely tuned negotiation skills and a strong cost reduction track record.

- Commercial awareness with the ability to analyse data and communicate conclusions in an accurate, concise and compelling way.

- An enquiring mind and the desire to learn and develop.

- Experience of managing challenging stakeholders and conflicting priorities.

- Resilience and the confidence to challenge where appropriate.

- Good IT skills (i.e. Word, Excel, Procurement systems).

The ideal candidate will also be MCIPS (Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) qualified or studying towards, and be educated to Degree level or equivalent with at least 3 years’ relevant post graduate experience.

About the role

The Professional Services Procurement Team comprises a senior procurement manager and four procurement managers. We manage £100m of expenditure annually, work with senior stakeholders in the key parts of our business and report to one of four procurement directors. Coaching and training are integral to our operation and the successful applicant can expect to have many development opportunities.

With responsibility for the day-to-day management of an important procurement category, you’ll be one of the first points of contact for all stakeholders. You’ll be expected to strategically review expenditure, identify cost reduction opportunities, develop sourcing strategies, manage and influence stakeholders, manage tender processes, lead negotiations, agree contracts and develop and hand-over to the business a contract management model that delivers the contracted benefits. This is a hands-on role.

If you think you have what it takes, please get in touch. 

About Us

Five centuries in business has made Royal Mail more than a household name. We connect companies, customers and communities across the country, delivering a ‘one-price-goes-anywhere’, universal postal service to more than 29 million addresses across the UK.

Our market is changing, but as a FTSE 100 organisation we are focused on achieving our vision of being recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe. We want to be more commercial, flexible and efficient and are employing our strong brand and a range of new products and services to achieve this.

We are an inclusive employer with equality, diversity and fairness at the heart of our values.  We welcome applications from individuals from all different backgrounds and are committed to promoting fair participation and equality of opportunity for all of our job applicants.

Closing Date: 4th August 2017

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