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Procurement Manager - Corporate Services

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Procurement Supply Chain and Logistics



Accountable managing an agreed portfolio of Corporate Services (total spend approx £25m) including the selection, appointment and management of key suppliers. The portfolio may include a variety of in...

Role: Procurement Manager – Corporate Services

Function: Procurement

Employment Type: Perm, Full Time  

Internal Grade: B17

Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire (Hybrid working – 2 office days a week)

Salary:   Competitive salary plus bonus and other benefits.

Accountable managing an agreed portfolio of Corporate Services (total spend approx £25m) including the selection, appointment and management of key suppliers. The portfolio may include a variety of indirect categories, for example HR & Reward Services

What you will be doing:

  • Responsible for the application of best practice procurement for Corporate Services categories, including provision of market insight, development of category strategies and associated sourcing plans, tendering, negotiation and supplier management.  Supporting the delivery of the Brand and Product strategy to support future growth. 
  • Input to the identification of key suppliers across the category and establishment of appropriate supplier management activities to oversee supplier performance against SLA / KPI’s and provide a forum for ongoing supplier development and improvement.
  • Tender evaluation including commercial analysis, product/service evaluation, vendor capability evaluation
  • Ensure application of, and compliance to the Brand’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE), Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies & policies during R&M sourcing activities.
  • Determine appropriate approach to market (single-stage RFP, two-stage RFI / RFP, eAuction etc.)
  • Negotiation to maximise savings and/or optimise price / quality / service / risk.
  • Present contract award recommendations to key stakeholders and Senior Executives as required.
  • Continuous maintenance and update of market insight regarding category, best-practices, trends, key suppliers etc.
  • Develop strong personal relationships with appropriate stakeholders across the business.
  • Development of documented (3 year) sourcing strategies for agreed sub-category in collaboration with senior stakeholders.

What we are looking for: 

  • Procurement execution (business requirements analysis, market analysis, sourcing strategy, tender, negotiation, contract award, supplier management etc)
  • Understanding of Corporate Services/Indirect procurement categories and associated procurement best practice
  • Conversant with a range of sourcing strategies
  • CIPS qualified (beneficial although not essential)
  • A good communicator with the ability to influence effectively at a senior levels
  • Strong Relationship management, able to build value adding relationships with internal customers

In return for your commitment, we’ve got some great benefits to offer:

  • A market competitive base salary
  • Up to 30% annual bonus
  • Sharesave scheme
  • A genuine flexible working policy
  • Individual BUPA healthcare
  • Optional contributory pension matched up to 10%
  • Free parking across our Head Office campus
  • Subsidised restaurant / canteen
  • Up to 25% discount off our brands
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holiday

 We’re 1,200 hotels and restaurants in the UK, Germany and the UAE, but we’re more than that. We’re the 35,000 people supporting our brands every day. The ones sourcing the nation’s favourite breakfast, plating up family favourites, and the great night’s sleep guaranteed people. We’re also always preparing for new openings, looking ahead and revamping our online presence. We do it for our guests, and it’s the details that keep them returning time and time again. We could be at the end of their road, their trusty choice for business trips, or we could be the place they associate with big celebrations up and down the country. We’re a constant in a changing world, and we’d love you to join us. Bring your energy, ideas and sense of fun, we’re waiting and so are our brands.

Meeting our ambitious goals to expand and reach new locations across the globe requires serious planning. It means analysing every little detail, spotting and overcoming barriers and working towards our ambitious plans. Think decision science, pricing, revenue and sales, and you’re there. With a lot of doing to be done, you can be part of making big change happen across the globe.  Bring your drive and enthusiasm, and we’ll welcome you in.

Whitbread is an inclusive employer. We believe that everyone is unique and there should be no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition. We welcome your application whatever your background or situation. Under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities & members of the LGBTQ+ community (those who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans sexual, non binary or use another term), are strongly encouraged to build a career with us. We are open to part-time and flexible working and, where possible, will try to support this.

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25 Mar 2022

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