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Head of Procurement

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Head of Procurement

Posted about 1 year ago

  • Sector: Finance
  • Expiry Date: 25 November 2022
  • Job Ref: J7106

Head of Procurement  

Join the Access Family and see how we make software ideas become a reality! 

Our core value of ‘Love Work, Love Life, Be You’ has been central to our success and so we’re looking for people to join us who share our passion for making things better every day and help us continue to grow 

 What are we all about? 

At Access we love software and how technology never stays the same. It's this obsession that drives us to work closely across sectors to understand the business needs of our customers - from the Hospitality sector to Manufacturing industry to Not for Profit’s and many more.  

We're passionate about helping our customers stay one step ahead of the challenges facing their industry and business, currently helping over 60,000 customers to have the freedom to do more.  

About you: 

As the Head of Procurement will manage Access’s external spend ensuring value for money. We are looking for an experienced Procurement or Vendor Management specialist to lead the development of key supplier relationships.  

You will take responsibility for the full procurement journey and for driving a culture of best practice and compliance, you will work with a range of stakeholders, influencing and constructively challenging them to realise opportunities and find tailored solutions to their requirements. Driving continuous improvement and challenging the status quo are central to this role as well as identifying new strategic opportunities and informing commercial decisions through business intelligence 

You will have CIPS membership or equivalent experience together with working knowledge of contract law and OJEU. 

A proven track record of strategic sourcing and procuring a wide range of goods and services is essential as well as substantial experience of running legally compliant tenders, managing mini competitions from existing frameworks and advising on complex tender documentation. You will be an effective communicator with demonstrable influencing skills and the ability to analyse and interpret complex data. Experience of managing a team is key to this role as well a customer focused and commercial approach. 

Day-to-day, you will: 

  • The management and compliance of all procurement spend across the organisation 

  • Identify, analyse and negotiate all cost-saving opportunities with current and new suppliers. 

  • Carry out a comprehensive review of the Procurement Function and its methodology – identifying and implementing improvements to drive down and optimise spend. 

  • Establish relationships with suppliers and agree terms and conditions – setting up framework purchasing agreements and negotiating contract. 

  • Foster close working relationships with internal stakeholders across the business 

  • Cost analysis – construct detailed cost models/purchase price analysis of goods and services. 

  • Actively manage vendor / supplier performance. Review and report on performance of area. 

  • Present Procurement performance update and achievements at internal meetings. 

  • Development of the procurement function into a robust, client facing operation which deploys best practice commercial solutions across all categories 

  • Own acquired business vendor spend, to ensure we deliver on the Value creations plans set: remove, reduce, optimise 

  • To lead the effective planning / execution, timely delivery and further development of the Access Responsible Procurement Strategy and its commitments on net zero, supplier diversity and sustainable procurement 

  • Develop policies, standards and procedures for Procurement, ensuring legislative and regulatory compliance 

  • Develop technology roadmap for Procurement, including user tools 

As a well-rounded procurement leader, your skills and experiences likely include:  

  • Considerable experience of procurement / purchasing, with experience of setting up and rolling out company-wide processes for procurement/supplier management  

  • Accountable for controlling and reducing external spend whilst developing a robust supplier base and onboarding processes 

  • Competent with analytical modelling tools, so to balance good versus bad business 

  • Strong negotiation and persuasion skills – ability to influence financial outcomes with vendors. 

  • Previous experience of overseeing supplier performance and relationship programmes to optimise supplier delivery to achieve best value. 

  • A solid understanding of EU procurement regulations preferably gained whist working across both Public and Private sector procurement environment 

  • Solutions driven, confident and friendly approach in dealing with clients. 

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) qualified professional  

What does Access offer you? 

We are a growing software company, and we deliver on what we say we do! We take the development of our people very seriously and we will work with you to carve out your success plan and an opportunity to accelerate your career and make a real difference. 

On top of a competitive salary, our standard 25 days holiday (which goes up the longer you’re with us) and a matched pension scheme you’ll also be able to choose from a range of benefits to suit you. We pride ourselves on being an organisation that gives back so you’ll also have a charity day you can take to support with something that matters to you.   

Worried you don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people will check out the job role profile but hold back from applying if they can’t match up to every single point. At Access we are dedicated to building a diverse workplace where people feel they belong, so if your excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t match perfectly with everything in the job description, we encourage you to still apply, you might just be who we are looking for.  

Become part of our amazing Access family and apply!