Senior Associate, Procurement

Firm
Location
London
Education
Postgraduate degree
Benefits
Competitive
Functional areas

Direct Procurement - Senior Associate

Alvarez & Marsal Europe is demonstrably differentiated to address the most complex business problems and deliver dramatic and sustainable business performance improvements. Working either in an advisory capacity or taking the reins in an interim C-Suite role, the Corporate Transformation Services team comprises a group of truly outstanding senior industry and other specialists providing corporate clients with solutions to complex business issues.

The Team

A&M’s Procurement specialists not only advise but also negotiate directly with suppliers to strip out significant costs. These unique Procurement services are in high demand across Europe delivering the quickest results and giving the best returns for our clients. Reporting to and, working closely with, the European Business Unit head for Operations & Supply Chain, the successful appointee will be responsible for supporting and contributing to the build out of the profile and reputation of the Firm, specifically in the key Procurement function.

The Role 

As a Senior Associate or Director, you will be responsible for managing and delivering projects, helping to win new business, and developing more junior members of the team. The successful candidate will be responsible for sourcing, supply market scanning, bidding, negotiating, awarding and service implementation with direct communications to vendors and in-house stakeholders. The focus will be on identifying, communicating and implementing strategic sourcing opportunities, ensuring that key strategic suppliers/partners are utilized, well managed and best practices are leveraged. Ideally, you will have a demonstrable deep knowledge of procuring effectively, a broad and varied blend of operational and commercial skills, an entrepreneurial approach and some developed networks. You will also, be prepared to fill interim management roles in Procurement such as e.g. CPO, Head of Direct Material Procurement, etc.

The Qualifications

The successful appointee will reflect the operational distinctiveness that is A&M; a business savvy, solution focused business entrepreneur who is addicted to having an impact, determined to make a difference and not afraid to challenge the status-quo. You will be a high-energy individual with excellent financial skills and a track record of success. You may bring a mix of advisory experience, either from a top tier strategy firm or leading specialist Procurement consultancy but must be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of several direct product categories gained through industry experience and direct negotiation with a range of suppliers.

Candidates will have a tight grasp on Procurement trends and challenges in areas such as:

  • Managing complex Procurement programmes
  • Demonstrated skills in the transformation of the Procurement function
  • Experience in developing a Procurement operating model incl. processes (strategic and operational), organization, skills, etc.
  • A specific range of deep Direct and Indirect category expertise
  • A specific understanding of the key attributes of a category as well as global supply options, product cost calculation, value engineering, and other related cost topics
  • Change management, post-merger integration, value creation
  • Influencing, engaging and advising various stakeholders across the business (from senior executives down)
  • Facilitation, negotiation and supplier management
  • Data analysis (turning raw data into business insights and intelligence)
  • Technological know-how including processing of category products, (e.g. metals pressing, forming, finishing etc)
  • Basic knowledge of the opportunities for digitization in Procurement (e.g. Procurement Suites, Application of RPA, etc.)

We would expect the successful candidate to bring:

  • 8+ years’ experience, with the above outlined expertise in the UK and Europe
  • Extensive industry expertise in either Industrial, Automotive, Retail, Consumer Goods, or Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Fluency in English plus German, French, Dutch and/or Spanish is essential
  • Experience and consequently a good network across the procurement industry 
  • Clear determination to deliver the latest thinking in procurement solutions within a highly competitive advisory marketplace
  • Robust financial experience and analytical rigor
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited university (Procurement specific related certifications are of interest)

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity and we foster inclusiveness. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Voluntary Inclusion


It is Alvarez & Marsal’s policy to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters were engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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Firm: Alvarez & Marsal

Location: London

Education: Postgraduate degree

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