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Procurement Manager Business Services - Bristol/Glasgow

England, Bristol
Closing date
14 Oct 2022

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

About CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent.

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.
  • Develop effective relationships with local and national business groups representing specific supplier sectors and work collaboratively on a local, regional and national level to achieve efficiencies in the supply chain.
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.
  • Extensive specialist/technical knowledge & understanding of Procurement.

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.

Equal Opportunities

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. 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 74 offices in 44 countries and 5000+ 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.

We’re a global law firm. We focus on the big and the small. We look to the future and embrace agility and challenge. We are experts in our sectors and have the rankings to back that up.  But it’s not all sectors and rankings. We focus on relationships. We’re a community. We look out for each other, encourage everyone to be themselves, and the best version of that. We’re friendly and go-getting. We act with purpose and find passion in what we do. We seek out different ways of thinking and doing. We don’t want everyone to be the same.  We know the best route forward is with the most diverse group of colleagues as possible. We’re here to build a better future.

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. 

Our culture

It’s all about relationships. Our relationship with you, your relationship with us, and the relationships we have with clients and the communities around us. We want you to thrive and show your personality. Foster community, work together, listen, be open, and help each other succeed. Act with purpose and find passion. Strive for progress and embrace challenges. Seek out different ways of thinking and doing. We value trust over rules.

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.

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

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