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Procurement Manager Retail & Professional Services

Posted: 1 Apr 2021 Closes: 14 Apr 2021
Bracknell Campus £52,400.00 - £82,100.00
Permanent & Full-time JLP_oCmMoIRKwK4t


What's the role about?

The John Lewis Partnership is looking for a Procurement Manager to join its dedicated team of Procurement specialists.

Within the Partnership, the role of the Procurement Manager is to identify opportunities and execute Procurement sourcing activities to deliver value and mitigate risk across the business.

This role will see you working on a wide range of engagements, across head office and retail operations, experience in the following areas is considered essential:-
  • Consumable items
  • Contact Centres
  • Merchant Card Services
A key requirement for the role is experience of working in a fast-paced retail environment and one's knowledge of industry-related procedures, as well as pain points, will be challenged on a daily basis.

Working with a broad set of stakeholders you will actively challenge how the business allocates costs, commits spend, and manages third parties.

The ability to form strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as banks, card companies, and suppliers, is vital to the success of the role.

Another aspect of the role is the leading of a highly engaged and committed team of 4 Partners, whose ultimate goal is the delivery of best value through Procurement, sourcing, and negotiation.

We believe this is a perfect opportunity for someone looking for their next challenge in Procurement.

What you will do as a Procurement manager

  • Deliver excellent sourcing category management and supplier management.
  • Apply business acumen, commercial and Procurement expertise
  • Lead on negotiations in the assigned category
  • Build and manage strong relationships both internally and externally
  • Represent the Partnership externally in supplier interactions and negotiations
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of risk analysis, risk assessment and risk mitigation
What you'll have

You must have prior experience in one of the following areas:
  • Card Acquiring services
  • Retail Consumables
  • Customer Contact centres
Considerable experience of Procurement at a senior level within a retail environment is essential.

Broad understanding of Procurement strategy, policy, and process.

Good experience of contract law and drafting agreements.

Solid understanding of negotiation principles and best practices.

A strong people management background with experience in mentoring and developing team members.

Excellent communication and influencing skills.

What else could you bring?

Ability to challenge stakeholders, building and managing strong relationships both internally and externally to maximise delivery of the Procurement GNFR agenda.

Experience in commercial negotiation and the ability to take the lead on negotiations

Please note:

We occasionally close vacancies early in the event that we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend that you apply early.

The vacancy will close at 00:01 on the closing date stated in the advert. Please ensure you start and complete the online test and your application by this time.

We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

In light of the current situation, this role will temporarily involve a mixture of working from home as well as in the office environment. Therefore it's key that you have access to a suitable working environment if at home, away from any distractions and your own secure wifi connection.


We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK's most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here -

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