Procurement Manager

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
16 Apr 2018
09 May 2018
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type
Experience Level

Osborne Clarke is recognised as one of the UK's most forward-thinking law firms. Our success is down to excellence in our approach to our clients, our people and our business.

With a growing international reach, particularly in Europe but also across Asia and the US, we look after a wide range of commercial clients such as Lloyds, HSBC, Facebook, and Vodafone as well as entrepreneurs and digital start-ups such as Uber and Airbnb.

Our people are at the heart of our business. We are renowned for our unstuffy and supportive culture, encouraging all our people to make the most of their talent with stretching careers in a fast growing and exciting environment.

Our focussed strategy and positive working environment have been rewarded by many prestigious awards for career progression, management and culture, including being named Roll on Friday's 'Firm of the year' 2018.

The team:

Osborne Clarke’s Risk & Compliance team has overall responsibility for ensuring that the business complies with all applicable legal & regulatory requirements, as well as playing a key role in the identification, and subsequent management, of firm-wide risks.

The team currently consists of 22 people, covering a range of areas, including client & matter inception, wider risk & compliance issues, business continuity, and various strategic projects, with an increasing focus on international elements of our business.

The role:

We have a fantastic, new opportunity for a Procurement Manager to join our Risk & Compliance team. The main focus of the role is to deliver strategic direction and operational support for the procurement of goods and services by Osborne Clarke, in order to meet budgetary and other operational requirements.

Key responsibilities:

  • Developing (or improving existing) a policy and related procedures, templates and guidance for best practice procurement at OC in order to ensure a consistent approach to the purchase of goods and services (including in relation to supplier requirements re: information security and data protection)
  • Establishing acceptance and adherence to agreed policy and procedures across OC and ensuring they are appropriately reviewed and updated
  • Providing advice on procurement and supplier management to key stakeholders as appropriate
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with third party providers, managing supplier relationships on a day-to-day basis, handling queries from both within OC and from suppliers as appropriate
  • Developing procurement KPIs and ensuring value to the firm is maximised through efficient and effective procurement practice, actively promoting savings wherever possible, whether through resource management, appropriate selection of cost-effective solutions or process refinement
  • Building strong internal working relationships (in particular with Commercial lawyers on procurement issues), responding quickly and appropriately to requests to ensure that colleagues are kept up to date with progress
  • Keeping up to date with new procurement rules, regulations and practices, identifying future opportunities and sourcing strategies
  • Formalising contractual arrangements and thereafter leading on contract management and negotiation / renewal processes
  • Involvement in firm-wide business planning and budgeting processes
  • Contributing to firm-wide projects related to procurement as appropriate, including but not limited to ISO 27001 (Information Security), ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and GDPR.

What we're looking for:

You will be an experienced procurement professional, ideally with a background in a legal or professional services environment. There is no requirement for formal procurement qualifications, although CIPS qualification would be desirable.

Skills required:

  • Strong interpersonal, relationship and communication skills – able to interact with all levels across the business
  • Project management experience (project management qualifications desirable but not essential)
  • Understanding of procurement related financial arrangements and pricing / budget management
  • Organised and able to prioritise conflicting tasks
  • Negotiation and influencing skills
  • Detailed and analytical approach
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Familiar with appropriate third party supplier management software and systems
  • Able to work autonomously and to schedule own resource appropriately
  • Highly self-motivated and proactive, willing to adopt a hands on approach where necessary


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Osborne Clarke is an inclusive working environment and values diversity in its workforce.