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Marketing Procurement Manager

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My client, a leading broadcaster is looking for a Marketing Procurement Manager

Marketing Procurement supports a large number of internal customers and a wide range of marketing sourcing activity across the company, including; media, above & below the line agencies, public relations, events, sales & retail, print services, fulfillment & distribution, digital marketing and market intelligence to mention but a few areas. The Marketing Procurement team manage a spend in excess of £400m p.a.

Job Purpose
This role will cover and be responsible for leading a number of category areas within the company’s Marketing Procurement team. These category areas may include Digital Marketing, Market Research & Insight and Data. The role will provide key commercial support across the business and supplier base and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of suppliers.

The key areas for this role will include:
• Supporting the strategic development of marketing procurement
• planning, creation and execution of sourcing exercises and categories planning
• leading commercial and contractual negotiations with suppliers
• planning and commercial analysis and producing high quality presentation material
• project managing sourcing activities to ensure smooth implementation across the business
• business intelligence (product, market, supplier and agency services)

Role Responsibilities (including but not restricted to)
• Supplier Relationship Management
o Lead commercial management, analysis and assessment of suppliers
o Develop and apply comprehensive knowledge and insight of suppliers
o Maintain skilled relationship management techniques with suppliers
o Perform supplier site visits (as required) and produce visit/audit reports
o Regularly meet suppliers to ensure well versed with market, product and service developments
o Work with suppliers with regard to minimising environmental impacts and enhancing the profile of environmental matters
o Manage the contractual performance levels of our suppliers
o Conduct risk assessments of procurement/supplier activities to identify all points of vulnerability and devise remedial mitigation plans

• Supplier Proposals / Commercial Operations and Contractual Negotiation
o Determine, integrate and harmonise key commercial and contractual requirements with business areas to ensure a cohesive approach
o Manage and plan all sourcing activities in advance of business requirements, liaising as necessary with business functions to ascertain requirements
o Conduct supplier negotiations, conversing with the relevant business areas
o Perform commercial analysis of supplier proposals and present succinct analysis and presentations to facilitate sound commercial judgments
o Project manage as required to ensure the smooth implementation of sourcing introductions

• Strategic Procurement
o Drive the development of the strategic vision for procurement enabling steps to be taken to improve the operations and performance of procurement in line with best practice
o Plan and undertake strategic projects to drive forward improvements in procurement practices e.g. innovation, environment & ethical policies, total cost of ownership
o Conversant with end to end marketing process for category areas
o Understand business imperatives and strategies pertinent to the success of marketing and the wider business

• Market Intelligence / Research
o Conduct market, product and agency research & analysis as required, including cost breakdown analysis of products/services

• General
o Good team operator with ability to work independently and as part of a team

Key Attributes:
• Strong, professional and refined negotiation skills
• Sound commercial acumen/judgement, capable of understanding complex business issues
• Good knowledge of contractual terms and strong negotiation experience
• Tenacious, confident self-starter
• Excellent analytical skills and experience
• Strong and subtle inter-personal skills
• Good influencing skills
• Excellent organisational, communication and presentation skills
• Excellent time-management skills and the ability to prioritise across multiple activities
• Good project management skills
• Demonstrable organisational patience
• Advanced knowledge of MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs
• Be committed to providing high levels of service to both internal and external customers
• Work effectively independently and as part of a team
• Meticulous

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