Senior Buyer - Professional Services

Allianz Insurance
Jacob's Well, UK
13 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Here at Allianz UK, everyone brings their own expertise and enthusiasm to work, to enable customers to make the right insurance decisions to meet their needs. We're passionate about helping our customers and employees move on and up in life and business.

We nurture and invest in talent to ensure that great people build great careers with us. There's a variety of different career opportunities which enable people to fulfil their potential and we provide an award-winning range of training, recognised in 2015 by Investors in People (IIP) with a Gold level accreditation. Other prestigious industry awards we have won include General Insurer of the Decade at the British Insurance Awards 2014.

Role Overview:

In a newly created Professional Services Procurement specialist role, we're looking for a Senior Buyer to join our growing Procurement team based at our Guildford office.

This is an exciting time for Allianz UK, as we look to grow our team significantly to take on the additional responsibility of providing Procurement expertise to our joint venture with LV General Insurance ( LV= GIG) and the recently acquired general insurance business of Legal & General in 2020.

You'll be a qualified Procurement professional who is looking to build on a career in a large blue chip organisation, with a desire to specialise in Professional Services procurement. In this exciting new role, you'll work at a strategic level with internal stakeholders and external suppliers to optimise the value delivered for the whole Allianz UK Group, including more specifically to LV= GIG.

The role will be based at the Allianz UK head office in Guildford and there will be a requirement to travel to the Bournemouth office approx. 1-2 days a week. Allowing time for you to build relationships with key internal stakeholders and receive a detailed transfer of knowledge.

Key Responsibilities:

* Deliver on agreed Professional Services/Consulting targets and service delivery.
* Partner and develop effective relationships with the Allianz & LV= GIG professional service teams to ensure the right supplier base is in place that delivers the right quality, price & required due diligence.
* Coordinates and leads Procurement initiatives and develops the Category strategy, aligned with the AZUK Procurement corporate plan, and Global Sourcing & Procurement (GSP) global initiatives and wider Allianz projects.
* Supports LV= Professional Services on all sourcing and supplier management activities.
* Lead the development and implementation of category strategies and sourcing processes across all business units to ensure lowest cost of ownership.
* Conducts market analysis, negotiation and contracting activities with suppliers based on strategic aspects and TCO approach.
* Conducts tactical and strategic sourcing projects (including vendor screening) via approved channels and facilitates storage of associated contracts as per agreed processes.
* Manages risk through robust due diligence practices in alignment with existing guidance and processes.

Skills & Experience:

* 3- 5 years' experience of managing / working in the Professional Services / Consulting procurement category (ideally in challenging corporate environment).
* Proven track record of identifying and delivering cost savings and other added value.
* Excellent stakeholder management, and with senior level exposure.
* Knowledge of Contract Law and ability to work alongside our in-house legal team for contract negotiations.
* Experience of working with Ariba or other strategic sourcing platforms, an advantage.
* Basic understanding of the P2P process, but not essential.
* Professional Services / Consulting background preferred but not essential.
* MCIPS - qualified or working towards qualification (preferred).
* Business degree is advantageous.
* Full UK driving licence, with ability to travel 1-2 days a week.

Additional Information:

At Allianz we believe that the difference in our people makes the difference to our business. We're committed to removing any barriers in our recruitment process so if you're having difficulties with your online application or any other stage, please email us at

Please be aware that we will require satisfactory pre-employment evidence to include DBS, Financial Probity and Fraud checks, before you can commence employment with us.

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