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London, Greater London, UK
Competitive + Benefits
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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M&S is currently undergoing a significant transformation to ensure the business thrives in an increasingly competitive retail environment.

The Controls & Cross-Category Procurement team has recently been established to drive value through areas of spend not currently under management. The team will identify areas of commercial value and implement contracts whilst driving the sustainability agenda for GNFR.

As a member of this team, you will predominantly work on sourcing projects to support the delivery of Procurement objectives, driving commercial value to the Clothing, Home & Food teams. With a spend of c.£1.8bn across more than 650 suppliers, you will proactively seek opportunities to reduce cost and improve commercial terms through reviewing supplier strategies, market testing and negotiation.
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We have a hybrid approach working 3 days in the office - talk to us about part time or job share opportunities in this role, if its meaningful to you, its important to us.
Whats in it for you
Being a part of M&S is exactly that becoming a part and playing your part. Were an inclusive, dynamic, exciting, and always evolving business built on core values.

Here are some of the benefits we offer that make working for M&S just that little bit more special
  • 20% Colleague discount on most things from furniture, fashion and food.
  • A first-class welcome to M&S with a tailored induction and a wide range of training schemes to help with your learning and development. Having options to progress is something were proud of at M&S.
  • Attractive annual bonus, based on company performance and personal objectives.
  • Competitive holiday entitlement with the potential to buy extra holiday days!
  • Amazing perks and discounts via our M&S Choices website. Including GymSave that offers up to 25% off Gym Memberships and the option to become an M&S Shareholder using our ShareSave & ShareBuy Schemes
  • Charity Volunteer Day A paid day away from work to support your chosen charity.
  • A very generous Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Every colleague at M&S has access to a fantastic range of wellbeing support this includes access to our 24/7 Virtual GP, PAM Assist to support you & your family as well as many other schemes
  • Family friendly policies to support lifes most important milestones including parental leave, neo-natal
What youll do
Your key accountabilities will include
  • Delivering a high number of robust and commercial contracts across a range of categories
  • Driving business value through all supplier interactions
  • Supporting with the delivery of Procurement sustainability initiatives
  • Managing multiple end-to-end sourcing processes and strategic Procurement initiatives
  • Utilising data to drive decision-making, monitor compliance and track progress
Who you are
Your skills and experience will include
  • Experience in a Procurement role, including managing end-to-end sourcing processes
  • A background in delivering savings and commercial value
  • Experience of contract drafting including development of schedules, commercials, and appropriate terms and conditions
  • Strong analytical and commercial approach, confident and capable of challenging the status quo
  • An ability to get going quickly, balancing multiple projects while prioritising effectively
Everyones welcome
M&S is ready to push boundaries to lead the retail industry into a greener, speedier, more inspiring digital era. Thats why were revolutionising how we work and offering our most exciting opportunities yet. Theres never been a better time to be part of our team. Marks & Spencer aims to be an inclusive organisation, trusted and admired by our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Join us and make an immediate impact.

Were an in-person business and have core collaboration days in our Support Centre each week. For most teams, this is 3 working days where we come together to collaborate, innovate, and serve our customers brilliantly.

We are committed to an active Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy, which starts with our recruitment and selection process, and we are happy to talk flexible working.

If you consider yourself to require reasonable adjustments to any part of our recruitment process, we invite you to share those requirements with us when completing your application. We will make every effort to ensure your needs are met to provide a fair and transparent process of assessment.



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