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Procurement Manager - Consulting Services

Date: Apr 18, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The 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)

We are specifically seeking an individual with experience of procurement transformation programmes including digital / technology.

What we do, and what our key services are:

The Manager will be responsible for managing teams and/or working as part of a team alongside clients on complex commercial or transformational engagements.

The key services are outlined below:

Procurement Analytics

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

Procurement Transformation

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

Digital Procurement Strategy

Providing insight on the procurement technology market across Source to Pay, Supply Management, Analytics and Category Management
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
Building a technology roadmap that drives speed to value for our clients
Supporting the sourcing and evaluation of digital solutions to meet business requirements

Cost and Cash Optimisation

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

Complex sourcing

Managing complex sourcing projects including managed services in categories including Facilities, IT and Logistics
Advising clients on the appropriate strategy for complex outsourcing including service and commercial models
Planning and executing sourcing and vendor evaluation
Planning and managing vendor transition and service transformation

As well as being capable of managing the delivery of these solutions, 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 a senior operational management background or similar role within procurement with skills developed across different markets and sectors.

Essential experience:

Digital Procurement Transformation
Transforming procurement capability at large corporate clients using digital technology
Understanding of the current procurement technology market and trends including providers such as Coupa, Ariba, Ivalua and Oracle
Detailed knowledge of procurement processes – including: sourcing, category management, strategic sourcing, contract management, supply relationship management Purchase to Pay (P2P),
Experience designing and implementing Procurement operating model changes
Experience of change management in complex multi-business unit / multi-geography environments
Experience of managing direct reports and / or project team

Additional experience:

The following experience would be of additional value:
Experience of complex cost reduction programmes across direct and indirect spend including, analysis, design and implementation
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
People management
Relationship development skills with client or business partners
Sales and business development skills
Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
Drive and resilience
Excellent commercial acumen and business context
Ability to rapidly identify issues and propose solutions, supported by data and analysis
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.

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