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Procurement Specialist (London)

Sourcing Specialist, Marketing category- UK

My client is a large Multinational FMCG Group having operations in over Protected content , having a strategy of continuously striving for new products development to differentiate themselves from their competitors, while growing by acquisitions in the same time.

They are looking for a Procurement professional to cover their Marketing and development spends, reporting to the Head of Procurement for Europe.

Being part of the Strategy Group, the stakeholder’s entity covering Business and Technical operations within the company (among which Senior Leaders of Brands and Marketing ); you will have to operate in a fast-paced, complex, and highly demanding environment.


Responsible for the strategy and the management of Marketing providers in Advertising, Market Research, Branding, Analytics and Consultancy ( circa 100M USD spends) , you will mainly focus on:

- Developing relationships with stakeholders to fully understand and support business requirements
- Working with those stakeholders and your Category leads to agree and successfully implement strategic sourcing decisions
- Taking full accountability for managing the daily operational requirements in support of the business

Stakeholder Management
 Pro-actively develop and manage stakeholder relationships across multiple parts of the business
 Partner business stakeholders in terms of advising, challenging, creating, shaping and providing solutions
 Help develop and deliver communication channels to the business eg Procurement portal, newsletters etc

Project Planning
 Support the Strategy Group & Procurement team in developing a list of cost saving and value-delivery projects
 Liaise with the Global Category Managers on category strategies and appropriate implementation in Strategy Group

 Accountable for sourcing activities within defined areas of spend which are typically high spends value, complex in nature and may be multi-geographic
 Support the business in term of reviewing Statements of Work and proposals for high spend requisitions
 Lead the preparation of and solicitation of competitive bids, quotations and proposals with pertinent specifications, terms and conditions
 Lead the evaluation of competitive offerings and commercial negotiations to determine the overall best offer for a product or service
 Develop contracts and agreements for the supply of both standard and complex products and services with new and existing suppliers
 Maintain appropriate levels of record keeping and documentation around contracts and suppliers, e.g. contract database
 Develop and refresh Preferred Supplier Lists with business stakeholders
 Analyse spend and budget data to identify trends and opportunities for value delivery
 Leverage and adapt as appropriate Company standard Procurement processes and techniques
 Manage risks, internal and external, and protect Company s intellectual property through the use of available internal templates, processes and sourcing tools
 Conduct appropriate financial and risk evaluation of suppliers as part of the RFP / sourcing process
• Continuously strive to simplify processes
• Provide periodic Procurement training to business stakeholders
• Provide BAU operational support to the business eg queries on setting up vendors, purchasing process etc
• Provide timely input to reports and presentations required by the Strategic Group Procurement Lead

Supplier Relationship Management
 Develop and drive effective relationships with key suppliers
 Drive supplier performance through the application of appropriate supplier management measures and methods and help resolve any quality problems
 Assist with the resolution of contract, PO and payment differences with suppliers where required

Skills and Experience

• Degree or equivalent professional qualification
• Experience within Procurement
• Experience of sourcing for indirect categories of spend, such as Consultancy, Marketing and Creative
• Proved ability to manage multiple projects/tasks effectively
• Good analytical and financial skills
• Proficiency in Procurement and other business related systems, e.g. ERP, Ariba

If you want to work for a prestigious Group in an exciting environment, please send your CV for immediate consideration at William Nicolas Ltd, the agency managing the recruitment on behalf of the client, at Protected content