Strategic Sourcing Manager - Soft Services

Posted 22 February by QU Recruitment Easy Apply

A great opportunity to join a well established and high performing Procurement function in one of the UK's leading Facilities service providers.

As a specialist in FM procurement, you will work closely with the Head of Strategic Sourcing for Soft Services, to identify and implement value based sourcing strategies across the business, working with senior stakeholders across the group and influencing at all levels. If you are looking to make the next step in your procurement career, then this is a great opportunity to step up and deliver on some crucial projects within the business.


  • Lead procurement in a significant FM category by defining and implementing the category strategy, carrying out sourcing activity and managing supplier relationships across all relevant functions
  • Managed category responsibilities will initially include one or more of the following areas, and will vary according to time as business priorities change;

- Cleaning Supplies, Services and Equipment

- Pest Control Supplies, Services and Equipment

- Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Supplies, Services and Equipment

- Security Supplies, Services and Equipment

- General Uniform/Workwear

- Personal Protective Equipment

- Medical Supplies

  • Work closely with key stakeholders across the Business units to reflect and influence the needs of all businesses in the category strategy

  • Work with the Head of Strategic Sourcing - Soft Services and stakeholders to define and execute category strategy. This will cover short, medium, and long term plans, including understanding and influencing business needs, agreeing benefits targets, compiling sourcing plans, leading tender activity, implementing new contracts / processes, and continuous improvement work

  • Plan the category review cycle based on business priorities, contract expiry, spend analysis, and opportunities identified, and consult on group wide category review cycle

  • Create and implement the sourcing plan, including preparing & executing RFx/eRFx/eAuctions, evaluating and selecting suppliers, implementing them, and negotiating contracts

  • Conduct segmentation of the supply base, tailoring the management approach to the criticality of the supply, managing key supplier relationships and operational performance

  • Maintain a strong awareness of market trends, and work with key suppliers to deliver value and innovation within the defined categories

  • Ensure procurement input is applied in client bid management, and also lead this early enough in the process for cost and quality aspects to be properly considered

  • Facilitate discussions between internal businesses with the aim of self-delivering requirements, reducing the use of external sub-contractors where applicable

  • Monitor and drive adherence and support to new/existing procurement processes and contracts

  • Manage and report on category KPI's to monitor performance


  • Proven experience in a category management environment
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • A track record in managing procurement spend in the defined category
  • First class personal, written and verbal communication skills as well as tact diplomacy and negotiating expertise in dealing with a wide range of knowledgeable clients, suppliers, and colleagues
  • Significant commercial procurement experience
  • Experience in a complex environment with a high level of interface with a diverse range of stakeholders and customers
  • Demonstrable influencing and negotiation skills, working with senior stakeholders from strategic suppliers


  • MCIPS qualified
  • Experience in a managed services environment

Required skills

  • Procurement Purchasing FM Facilities Sourcing

Reference: 34531200

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