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Assistant Manager- Procurement and Supply Chain -Management Consulting

Date: Mar 1, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID140847BR
Job TitleAssistant Manager- Procurement and Supply Chain -Management Consulting
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionManagement Consulting
Service LineOperational Transformation
Service Line InformationIn KPMG's Management Consulting practice, we don't limit ourselves to either strategy or implementation. Instead, we deliver both - equally well. Indeed, it's this broad capability that's seen us accelerate to become a 1000-strong team in less than five years.

Our Operations & Customer team are highly experienced sector specialists who help organisations, with increasingly complex challenges, to transform the performance of their core operations and supply chains.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job DescriptionAbout KPMG:

KPMG is one of the world's leading professional services organisations — a global network of member firms operating in 153 countries offering Audit, Tax, and Advisory services to thousands of clients.

About our team:

We are seeking an experienced Procurement professional to join our Corporates Operations Transformation team. Our team helps clients build leading practice capability across plan, source, make, move and sell - focussing on large corporate clients in the FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 businesses.

In the Procurement domain we are recognised as industry leaders by clients and analysts including:
- ALM Vanguard leader in Sourcing and Procurement Consulting
- A Spend Matters 50/50 Provider to Know
- A Leader in Business Consulting Services (IDC)

What we do, and what our key services are:

The Assistant Manager will be responsible for as part of a team alongside colleagues and clients on complex commercial or transformational engagements.

The key services are outlined below:

Procurement Analytics

o Providing analytical services, including spend analysis, maturity assessments, opportunity assessments and Should cost modelling
o Supporting the quantification of potential savings and ongoing benefits tracking and realisation.

Procurement Transformation

o Assessment of a client’s existing procurement capability against leading practice
o Identifying procurement improvement areas across people, process and technology
o Developing Procurement Strategy and business alignment
o Defining new procurement operating models that enhance procurement value creation and return on procurement
o Evaluating insource / outsource for back- and middle-office as well as frontline services - including working in or delivering outsourced contracts
o Designing improvements in Procurement capability including through the introduction of leading practice procurement operating models, organisation redesign, procurement techniques, technology and processes
o Supporting our clients to implement improvements across the end to end Source to pay Process including business partnering, benefits realisation, procurement analytics, category management, sourcing, contract management supplier management and purchase to pay
o Producing and delivering structured training courses to upskill an existing procurement and supply chain team.

Digital Procurement Strategy

o Providing insight on the procurement technology market across Source to Pay, Supply Management, Analytics and Category Management
o Helping clients to develop a digital strategy for Procurement that leverages cloud based source to pay technology, advanced analytics, collaborative category management technology, robotics process automation and AI solutions
o Building a technology roadmap that drives speed to value for our clients
o Supporting the sourcing and evaluation of digital solutions to meet business requirements

Cost and Cash Optimisation

o Procurement analytics - Analysis of and insights from data (incl spend) to drive better decision making
o Identification of savings/value creation opportunities using a range of demand and supply side levers
o Delivering savings/value creation initiatives through strategic sourcing, contract improvement, outsourcing, supplier management, demand management, cash process improvement, contract audits and other approaches
o Tracking value to the client’s P&L and locking in benefits

Integrated Facilities Management

- Providing market insights on the integrated facilities management market and vendors
- Advising clients on the appropriate strategy for complex Facilities Management outsourcing including service and commercial models
- Planning and executing sourcing and vendor evaluation
- Planning and managing vendor transition and service transformation

As well as working in teams to deliver these solutions, Assistant Managers are also expected to contribute to practice development by developing and bringing to fruition new solutions, be involved in business development activity, provide a broad contribution to development of the overall team and support the management team.

The Person

We are looking for someone with a strong Procurement background, as this will be the main focus of the work they will be doing – however, it will be advantageous if they also have broader Supply Chain experience.

Ideally you will have previous experience of consulting within Procurement and / or have an operational management background or similar role within procurement with skills developed across different markets and sectors.

Essential experience:

Procurement experience

Strong understanding of procurement processes – including: sourcing, category management, strategic sourcing, contract management, supply relationship management Purchase to Pay (P2P),
Experience working as part of a team improving procurement processes
Experience of change management in complex multi-business unit / multi-geography environments
Experience of developing and managing project plans
Experience undertaking procurement projects including the identification and delivery of cost saving programmes
Experience of change management in complex multi-business unit / multi-geography environments

Additional experience:

The following experience would be of additional value:

Broad experience of categories across direct and indirect spend including, analysis, design and implementation of value projects. (IT and Marketing category experience of particular value)
Blue Chip, FTSE 100, Fortune 500 company experience
Understanding of advanced procurement analytics techniques, tools and approaches
Category knowledge of areas of direct and indirect spend
Sector experience in Defence
Detailed knowledge of procurement processes demand and supply planning, warehousing, distribution, S&OP, IBP and) procurement procedures.

Key Skills:

Project management and delivery.
High quality delivery
Relationship development skills with clients and colleagues
Drive and resilience
Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
Ability to rapidly identify issues and propose solutions, supported by data and analysis.
Excellent commercial acumen and business context.
Strong understanding of the Procurement and Supply chain processes, issues and solutions
Broad consulting skills, including planning and delivering workshops, structured interviewing, data gathering, process mapping and analysis.

In addition, applicants should be educated to degree level or equivalent. Postgraduate or professional qualification (e.g. MBA/CIPS/CILT) is advantageous.


Depending on Client location you will be required to travel and work away from home for periods of time and will need to be willing to demonstrate flexibility.

The role will be based in Canary Wharf, London.

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break
At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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