Flexible (London, Coventry or MK)
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Sainsbury’s Procurement team, managing Professional Services across the Sainsburys group. This Sourcing Manager role will be part of an award-winning Sainsbury’s procurement function, having won CIPS Outstanding People Development Programme and highly commended for the best procurement transformation in 2020. We are looking for a talented procurement professional who has experience within HR, Consultancy, Legal, Insurance or similar categories who thrives in delivering transformational change at pace, in a multi-brand business. Our central services team manage all of our professional and central spend across the group, working across a diverse set of industries and stakeholders, leading some of the business’ largest change programmes. You’ll have the opportunity to support in driving our ambitious three-year cost transformation agenda.
In a nutshell
To deliver great results for the business through passion, purpose and determination.
Taking end to end ownership of the commercial and sourcing strategy for my categories, I will create clear and compelling category plans providing a fit for purposes supply chain and deliver value for money to Sainsbury’s. I will employ a strategic sourcing methodology that enhances Sainsbury’s competitive advantage, minimises risk and helps deliver outstanding solutions for our customers and colleagues.
You will be a source of insight and solutions; and become a confident subject matter expert who discovers new ideas that challenge and influence business strategy at all levels.
What you need to do
Demonstrate strong commercial acumen to create a clear and compelling category plans- balancing cost, quality and risk.
Independently and autonomously execute these category plans using a strategic sourcing methodology to deliver best commercial and operational outcomes including cost and working capital improvement.
Lead cross-functional teams to land business change in a considered but determined way
Confidently deal with difficult conversations and negotiations with key suppliers and senior stakeholders alike
Be a critical business partner to my stakeholders, challenging and supporting as appropriate
Act as a point of escalation for the business in managing the risk and operational performance of suppliers as is necessary
Build productive and mutually beneficial relationships with your key suppliers to identify opportunities and ideas
Contribute to the overall success of the Department, acting as a role model for other members of the team
Flexibly support the delivery of projects across other categories as required, enabling Procurement to focus on those areas that can deliver most value.
Ensure all sourcing activity is conducted in line with Sainsbury’s Procurement Policy
How I will succeed
Take ownership for your category, becoming a trusted source of insight and solutions
Being persistently curious to understand key cost drivers within your category and identify opportunities for improvement
Influence stakeholders up to Divisional Director level to secure support for your ideas
Deliver value beyond just the numbers by making the most of your supplier and stakeholder relationships.
Confidently and independently lead difficult conversations and negotiations with senior internal and external contacts
Work cross-functionally with other parts of the business, leading others
Balance the needs of your stakeholders, the business, customers and colleagues in all of your decisions
Committed to delivering results and achieving the objectives agreed with your line manager
Maintain oversight of my categories in order to identify and effectively mitigate key supply chain risks.
Quantify and evaluate the cost/benefit of different options in order to optimise outcomes for Sainsbury’s Group
Within business governance framework, deliver business as usual activity such as supplier appraisal and selection, contract terms, negotiation strategies and supplier management.
Always act with integrity, living the Sainsbury’s values every day
What you need to know
Procurement or relevant commercial experience
Tactically and operationally strong with a sharp commercial acumen
Critical thinking and analytical skills
Confident negotiation skills with knowledge / background in contract law
Organisation and effective project management skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills, influence up to and including Senior Manager level
What you need to show
Curiosity and inquisitiveness and courage to challenge logically
Energetic, resilient and adaptable- effectively operate in dynamic, fast paced environments.
Effective communications skills, able to explain complex ideas in a simple way.
What decisions I can make
Managing categories worth £10m-£50m revenue and capital expenditure across varied portfolio of categories
Resources available to me
Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours, giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.