Senior Procurement Manager

16 May 2018
18 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Reporting to the Head of Procurement, the main purpose of this role is to ensure that all WHSmith GNFR contracts across the wider group are cost effective, appropriate for the now; sufficiently flexible to meet future requirements, simple and enforceable with clear KPIs, liquidated damages and other relevant remedies.

Main Accountabilities:
* Lead negotiator for small/medium/Large contracts
* Support negotiator for complex contracts
* Ensure all relevant parties have input into the contract
* Support the regular contract review process
* Support the agile procurement of small capital items to tight deadlines
* Ongoing reduction and control of annual GNFR spend across WHS
* Provide commercial, contractual and negotiation support across WHS
* Support the contract renewal programme
* Manage contractual relationships with suppliers during the contracting process
* Manage relationships with internal customers and suppliers to ensure requirements meet guidelines and contracts reflect the actual requirements
* Preparation and review of contract schedule to enable a timeline view of workload activity
* Maintenance of the contract library

Key Skills / Competencies / Qualifications:
* Commercial contract and negotiation skills
* Contract Law and contract drafting experience
* Influencing skills
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Intermediate/Advanced level capability in using Word, Excel and Powerpoint
* Ability to communicate at all levels
* Ability to operate to tight deadlines
* Strong commercial awareness
* High level of attention to detail
* Ideally educated to degree level
* At least 5 years prior experience in a procurement background
* Experience of IT, Supply Chain and Property Services Contracts preferable

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