Head of Indirect Procurement

Fixed Term Contract
UB9, Uxbridge
Posted 2 weeks ago

An opportunity has arisen for a Head of Indirect Procurement to join a pan-European Pharmaceutical business on a 9 month fixed term contract and drive change in an evolving Procurement function. The ideal start date is early July 2021.

The company is on an exciting journey of transition – upgrading internal technology, looking at core business efficiencies across the cost base and moving from locally driven procurement to global strategic spend management. Procurement is working cross-functionally to help drive the change.

This opportunity will involve leading a team of direct reports, give excellent visibility to the Executive Board and to work as part of the Procurement senior leadership team. However, this is a hands-on delivery role too and the successful applicant must be happy to deliver category management strategies in high-spend and/or high-risk indirect spend.

The Head of Indirect Procurement will lead a team to ensure the creation and development of category strategies for all spend areas, integrate Procurement’s sourcing activity within the budget holder’s spend management activity, ensure delivery through the team and develop the team.

What will you be doing

  • Development the category management team, support team succession planning and help the team develop an influencing skill set
  • Ensure that the Indirect Procurement team is using the category management process to agree optimised category strategies including implementation plans with actions, timings, targets and measures. Confirm that the team reviews category strategies against targets and develop, as appropriate
  • Promote awareness of, and engagement with, Global Indirect Procurement with senior cross-functional and multi-site (pan-European) stakeholders, and develop new integration ideas – stakeholder behaviour has been locally driven, with limited understanding of category management, so change management remains a significant challenge
  • Evolve the sourcing vision and develop formal procurement processes, where appropriate, for example, Vendor Management. Plan and implement a “road map” to best practice
  • Be accountable for the sourcing management of key spend categories including supporting the delivery of savings and supplier performance objectives

Skills and experienced required

  • An experienced procurement leader with experience gained in a complex role with a large indirect spend base
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical or FMCG or manufacturing sectors is desirable
  • Proven experience of engaging and motivating teams
  • Experience of influencing Executive stakeholders to gain approval for major change management programmes
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing category strategies AND being able to demonstrate reasoning behind the strategies
  • Flexible to be hands-on in delivery of strategic sourcing activity
  • Communicates with passion, gravitas and ownership
  • A good team player

Job Features

Job CategoryProcurement
Salary£75,000 - £90,000
Contract Term9 months
Holidays25 days, option to buy/sell
Car Allowance£7,500
Other BenefitsPrivate Healthcare
Job Reference10765

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