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Senior Procurement Manager

Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Senior Procurement Manager
Grade D
Salary £50,000 - £60,000

Job Description

Senior Procurement Manager
Swindon (with hybrid working)

Reporting to the Group Procurement Director, the main purpose of this role is to ensure that all WHS 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

Decision Accountabilities:
  • Small/medium contract content
  • Support the contract renewal programme

Main Activities:
  • 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 buying background
  • Experience of IT, Supply Chain and Property Services Contracts preferable, both within and outside of the UK
  • Line Management responsibility

What we can offer you:
Cash/Car allowance
Annual bonus based on company performance
Hybrid working model from home and in the office
25 days holiday, plus your Birthday off, plus Bank Holidays with an opportunity to buy extra days holiday
Finish at 4pm on a Friday
Competitive pension contribution
Staff discount card for stores and online

About Us
WHSmith is a leading, global travel retailer with a smaller business located on UK high streets. Since 1792, we've grown and evolved into a globally recognised brand, and we're proud to be that air of familiarity people love and trust on their journey, both in life and through life. Today, we have more than 1700 stores in over 30 countries across the globe, serving millions of customers every year, and you'll find us at airports, railway stations, hospitals and on the high street.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, colour, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and basis of disability. When we collect your personal information as part of a job application or offer of employment, we do so in accordance with industry standards and best practices and in compliance with applicable privacy laws.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and encourage them in particular from individuals from under-represented groups at WH Smith. This includes women and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.
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