Procurement - Consulting Director

Postgraduate degree
Functional areas
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Alvarez & Marsal 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 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 Direct 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. Working closely with the senior leadership, 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 Opportunity 

At Director level 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 well managed and best practices are leveraged. You may have the opportunity to fill interim management roles in Procurement such as CPO, Head of Direct Material Procurement, etc.

The Qualifications

The successful appointee will reflect the operational distinctiveness that is A&M; a commercially 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.

Ideally, you will have a demonstrable deep knowledge of procuring effectively, a willingness to challenge the status quo, a broad and varied blend of operational and commercial skills, an entrepreneurial approach and some developed networks. You will 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:

  • Challenging current technology, specifications and ways of working
  • 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), organisation, skills, etc.
  • Deep experience in the category characteristics, cost drivers and savings levers in a range of key direct and indirect categories
  • Experience in exploring wider whole life cost and value engineering opportunities through a broad understanding of the wider procurement context
  • Demonstrable track record in procurement implementation and benefits capture
  • Change management, post-merger integration, value creation
  • Experience in Influencing, engaging and advising a cross section of operational and executive stakeholders from across the business
  • Strong fact-based negotiation experience: building strategy, engaging stakeholders and executing the negotiation
  • Data analysis (turning raw data into business insights and intelligence)
  • Basic knowledge of the opportunities for digitisation in Procurement (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/or 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.

Job information

Firm: Alvarez & Marsal

Location: London

Education: Postgraduate degree

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