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Senior Indirect Procurement Lead

Job description


Role Purpose:

The jobholder will play a key role in the Procurement of Indirect Goods & Services on a group wide basis. The jobholder will be expected to lead full lifecycle sourcing projects - coaching and managing key stakeholders through all stages of an end to end Procurement process, from opportunity identification, through RFX, supplier negotiation and contract drafting/signature. In turn, it is expected that the jobholder supports the supplier relationship management of business critical, indirect vendors helping drive value, performance and operational efficiency in line with contractual KPI's and SLA's. The role will also require strong strategic skills to enable the jobholder to create, lead and deliver the overarching indirect cross category strategy.


Reports to: 

Head of Procurement 

Direct Reports: 

This role initially will not have direct reports. However the success of the chosen candidate will be in their ability to interface and influence across the many connected teams both internally and externally.


Key Interfaces:

*       All Indirect Functions including (but not limited to) merchandising, marketing, facilities, IT, legal, people and finance teams

*       GNFR Packaging Procurement

*       Logistics

*       Retail Operations

*       Merchandising

*       Sustainability & Compliance Team

*       GNFR Supply Base


Key Accountabilities:

*       Lead the Indirect Procurement team, driving procurement strategies, embedding category management and initiatives that enhance cost-effectiveness and deliver significant cash savings.

*       Develop and maintain effective measures of procurement performance and use them to target and drive continuous improvement, e.g., KPIs and savings trackers.

*       Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders, including merchandising, marketing, facilities, IT, legal, people and finance teams, to align procurement objectives with business goals.

*       Oversee and develop robust sourcing processes for all external products and services to ensure they are fit for purpose, agile, and efficient. This will include early involvement of legal and procurement functions, supplier onboarding and lead-time from initiation to order.

*       Negotiating contracts and agreements with suppliers to achieve favourable terms.

*       Implement and monitor performance metrics to evaluate supplier performance and identify areas for improvement.

*       Coach other members of the team on best practice procurement and also support the head of Procurement in delivering and updating the target operating model for the procurement function

*       Bring in new insights to improve the way Indirect operates as well as insights to support finding opportunities as well as risk in key high risk category areas


Role Specific Criteria (Experience/Behaviours/Technical Ability)

We expect the successful candidate to have the following skills and experience:


*       Entrepreneurial

*       Bachelor’s degree in business, Supply Chain Management, or a related field.

*       CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) or MCIPS qualified.

*       An experienced procurement professional, who understands what 'good' looks like within both process and practice, with the ability to turn this into strategy and execution.

*       Strong demonstrable experience in indirect procurement category management, with a strong focus on IT spend optimisation.

*       Demonstrated track record of delivering significant cash savings and improving EBITDA through procurement strategies.

*       Exceptional negotiation, people management and contract management skills, with the ability to influence and build productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

*       A confident and personable demeanour, ensuring approachability and effective communication.

*       Experience with transitioning to new Finance/Procurement systems

*       Excellent excel skills with the ability to manipulate data and present it in a way to identify opportunities for the business


We are committed to developing your career and nurturing your talent, regardless of age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation. We respect and embrace each other’s differences, to create a truly inclusive environment. In the last year alone, our people have been recognised and celebrated, winning awards for their outstanding contributions to Retail, Technology, Global Hospitality & Tourism, Visual Merchandising & Display, Customer Service and Local Community Awards.


In return, we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • A generous store and restaurant discount of up to 40%
  • 25 days holidays pro rata (excluded bank holidays) and an extra day off for your birthday
  • A fantastic subsidised staff restaurant which uses Fortnum’s ingredients
  • A range of opportunities to develop and grow personally and professionally
  • Excellent pension scheme