Procurement Manager Business Services - Bristol/Glasgow

England, Bristol
Closing date
12 Oct 2022

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Vacancy Type
Other specialist roles, Procurement
Contract Type
Experience Level
Business Management
Role Classification
Other Professional
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Job Details

Fantastic opportunity to join CMS fast paced Procurement Team, you can work in Bristol or Glasgow and other UK locations may be considered.

About the Role

As a Procurement Manager, you will help provide exceptional client service to a forward-thinking law firm and be an integral part of the Procurement function. Reporting to the Head of Procurement, the holder will be required to build strong relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels, particularly the BD, Marketing and HR teams and work cross functionally to deliver end-to-end sourcing solutions. Contract Management is a key part of this role, ensuring all contracts are fit for purpose, meeting the company's terms and limiting risks and liabilities to the company. This role will suit someone that loves a challenge and enjoys a busy, fast paced working environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and identify innovative procurement solutions that can be implemented within a specific category of spend.
  • Design and manage procurement project plans for individual projects including developing tender documents and evaluation processes and identifying risks and issues for specific contracts to ensure that contracts are delivered on time and budget in a way that is most likely to deliver improved benefits and savings for the firm.
  • Lead on developing, implementing, and subsequently reviewing procurement strategies for the whole procurement cycle in a specific category spend area ensuring this approach is agreed with relevant stakeholders.
  • Determine and continually monitor current supply market position in the specific category spend area to identify both over and under capacity.
  • Implement both supplier rationalisation programmes and strategies to develop new sources of supply as appropriate to optimise competition.
  • Research best practice and benchmark the costs of services against top quartile performance.
  • Analyse and interpret data to enable the development and implementation of the most appropriate sourcing strategies.
  • Manage the balance across a range of different and often conflicting priorities relating to areas like balancing aggregation of spend, promoting local economic growth, mitigating commercial and legislative risk and delivering financial savings.
About You

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree and holds or studying for full Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) is preferred or be able to clearly evidence equivalent levels of experience, technical knowledge, and expertise by having worked as a Procurement professional in a legal or professional environment.
  • Your personal skills must comprise strong negotiating, influencing and communication capabilities to liaise with and influence stakeholders within the Firm internally and externally at all levels.

Experience and Requirements
The incumbent should possess five years' business management, together with an additional five years' management experience in Procurement particularly within HR, BD, and Marketing categories. An in-depth knowledge of modern procurement techniques and approaches, including strategic cost management principles and strategic category management process knowledge is essential.

Commercial Acumen
Sound understanding of economic factors which will impact on market sectors and approaches to minimise cost pressures and reduce commercial risk.

Category Management Techniques
Knowledge, understanding and successful experience of leading the procurement approach for a variety of category areas within the firm.

Procurement Legislation
Extensive knowledge and understanding of Contract Law.

Supplier Relationship Management
Sound understanding an experience of managing suppliers including supplier development, drivers of costs in the supply chain, understanding of sub contract markets and supply relationship management.

Procurement Systems and Processes
Extensive understanding of procurement processes and how e-procurement tools such as e-tendering and e-spend systems can be deployed to reduce process costs including performance management techniques relating to benchmarking.

Ability to influence multi-functional teams in developing and delivering the most appropriate procurement strategies and solutions. Fosters a collaborative team approach to working.

Ability to identify opportunities, identify and balance risks and benefits and take appropriate actions to deliver the most beneficial outcomes within procurement projects.

Negotiation Skills
Negotiation skills or with ability to achieve the optimal commercial solutions whilst maintaining credibility and a long term supplier relationship. Understanding of legal requirements and risk management within procurement projects.

Influencing and Communication Skills
Ability to interpret a range of differing priorities and influence the outcome across a range of senior stakeholders.
Explain complex problems and issues in a concise and understandable way to a wide range of stakeholders.

Problem Solving
Ability to understand differing priorities that often conflict and be able to devise solutions that achieve value for money whilst ensuring continuity of supply.

Change Management
Sound understanding of how to overcome the barriers to achieving significant change that can result from a new procurement approach.

Excellent analytical skills. Including ability to identify key data and other influencing factors such as customer preferences and market developments and incorporate these into decision making process.

Equal Opportunities

For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please view the Diversity & Inclusion pages on our website.
Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.


CMS is a future facing international law firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, and home to business services colleagues across everything from Information Technology, Human Resources and Innovation to Finance, Diversity & Inclusion and Communications.  The firm’s core purpose is to build rewarding futures for its clients, people and communities.

In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, every team at CMS is empowered to operate and innovate in ways that best meet clients’ needs. We encourage ideas from every corner of our business. We are also committed to addressing our own impact on the environment and approach to sustainability, as well as advising clients with their related legal needs.

We strive to spend more time looking at our clients’ world than inwards at ours.  That’s what makes our approach different. Being able to see things from our clients’ perspective means our people are approachable and accessible. And this means we have a genuinely supportive, open culture you won’t find everywhere. 

We take the same approach with our colleagues: we pride ourselves on fostering a workplace where everyone is encouraged to speak up, share ideas, seek advice and where ability and commitment is recognised by rapid progression. 

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do.  We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.  

Whatever your specialism, and whether you’re a lawyer or a business services professional, a career at CMS gives you huge scope to carve out a brilliant career as you help us, and our clients, to face the future with confidence.

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+44 (0) 20 7367 3000
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
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