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Procurement Specialist (Various)

Posted: 7 Jan 2021 Closes: 14 Jan 2021
Bracknell Campus £41,800.00 - £55,400.00
Permanent & Full-time JLP_wFJziOyKt65e


What's the role about?

As a Partner in our business, your number one focus is to work collaboratively to create more value for our customers and our business. Within the Partnerships' Procurement team, in this role of Procurement Specialist, you will be responsible for delivering procurement sourcing activity within the Technology and Change (IT) Category. You will work with a broad set of T&C stakeholders to actively challenge how the business allocates costs, commits spend and manages third parties with the aim of reducing the overall GNFR spend, maximising value and reducing third party risk for the Partnership. You will be part of a highly engaged and committed team and will strive to deliver best value through your procurement, sourcing and negotiation expertise.

What will you be doing?

You will be part of the Category Planning and Sourcing team within Procurement and focussing specifically on the Technology and Change (IT) Category, reporting to the Procurement Lead, IT. With technology playing such a critical role to the Partnership's success, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a team that delivers innovative, technological solutions to our customers and Partners, supporting our Partnership Plan. You will work closely with the broader IT Procurement Team, Finance, Legal and T&C stakeholders delivering value through effective source to contract activity and negotiation. The ability to engage and interact with a broad range of stakeholders, prioritise activity and support strategic category planning are all key areas in which the successful candidate will thrive. We are seeking a confident, ambitious team player who will have a passion for technology and Procurement and who is prepared to provide robust challenges to business partners at all stages of the cost cycle to drive consistent delivery of commercial benefit to the Partnership.

What you'll have

Category Planning, Sourcing and Negotiation experience, preferably with IT experience (although not mandatory).

An interest in technology and retail.

MCIPS qualified or working towards.

Solid understanding of negotiation principles and best practice.

Good experience of contract law and drafting agreements.

Excellent communication and influencing skills.

Broad understanding of procurement strategy, policy and process.

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 of 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.

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.

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.


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