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Procurement Specialist/Sourcing Lead

Randstad Sales
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Job Title: Interim Sourcing lead, AVP/VP
Day Rate: Approx £600 p/d
Contract: Temp On-going (8 months)
Hybrid: 3 days from home, 2 days from office
Location: Canary Wharf
ASAP start needed!!

The Professional Services Interim Sourcing lead, AVP/VP is an important role within the clients Global Professional Services Team. The role is expected to bring strong sourcing subject matter knowledge and best practice techniques to manage and lead the "end to end" sourcing and negotiation on strategic deals across Professional Services, and support the development & implementation of Category Strategy plans. HR, Legal and Marketing are the primary categories the role will be responsible for, but will also cover Consulting where needed.
This role will report to the Head of Professional Services Procurement and be part of the Global Procurement Services (GPS) function.

As Professional Services Interim Sourcing Lead, AVP/VP you and your team responsibilities will include:

*Deliver directly by doing the work and support/motivate wider team of individuals with varying levels of Category Strategy and Sourcing knowledge and experience
*Support train and develop key talent where applicable
*Drive annual savings and productivity improvements: via Strategic RFPs, Demand and process management
*Coordinate, prepare and manage RFx/competitive bids to optimise cost and service
*Perform direct negotiations and manage sometimes large and complex agreements
*Establish cross-functional teams for major projects and change initiatives
*Negotiate pricing using the five levers that incentivize a supplier
*Heavily contribute to P&L and Cost Avoid savings for the team
*Support/lead the development and implementation of multi-year Category Strategy plans which align with Business Unit (BU) / functional stakeholders.
*Find saving opportunities via stakeholder engagement and data analysis
*Develop and manage a positive relationship with difficult stakeholders
*Support the use of preferred supplies, pricing / rate-cards, discounts, and buying channels
*Solution requests and issues timely, and perform daily problem solving
*Assess adherence to plans / guidelines and help address leakage or knowledge gaps
*Ensure client satisfaction with service, cycle time, and strategic value-add
*Performs all duties in accordance with prescribed regulatory compliance guidelines
*Quickly learn the clients end to end process, and work within the guidelines to gain savings and deliver results

Education & Preferred Qualifications:
*7-10 years+ strategic sourcing experience for Professional Services spend is a must.
*Core experience in HR, Legal, and Marketing categories is a must, with Consulting experience desirable
*Bachelor's Degree in a related field preferred.
*Proven track record of delivering P&L saving projects.
*Top level commercial negotiation skills with ability to influence cross-functionally.
*Prior in-depth experience negotiating with large and difficult Professional Service providers.
*Experience of and ability to develop and implement category strategy plans for *Professional Services sourcing.
*Proven self-starter who can work independently and within a team while effectively juggling multiple priorities.
*Understanding of best-in-class procurement, risk, Information Security and payable processes.
*Personal resilience to work within an extremely fast-paced, ambiguous environment.
*Strong strategic thinker and problem solver with attention to detail.
*Established written and verbal communication skills
*Ability to manage challenging stakeholders diplomatically

Randstad Business Support acts as an employment business when supplying temporary staff and as an employment agency when introducing candidates for permanent employment with a client. Randstad Business Support is an equal opportunities employer and decisions are made on merits alone
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