Digital Senior Sourcing Manager
Thames Water Utilities Limited
Clearwater Court, Reading, Reading Bridge House, GB
4d ago

About the role :

Do you want to help us create innovative solutions that deliver real value for our stakeholders and customers?

Are you interested in being at the forefront of change across our business and can you help us deliver projects which will leave a lasting legacy for future generations?

If the answer is yes, read on.

Reporting to the relevant Business Partner, this role is responsible for developing and managing multiple compelling sourcing initiatives that deliver best value to Thames Water within the Digital Team.

As a Senior Sourcing Manager, you will :

  • Be accountable for establishing effective working relationships with both key stakeholders and the supply market whilst demonstrating Thames Water values and behaviours.
  • Deputise for relevant Business Partner as required.
  • Lead strategy development for specific projects as allocated by the Business Partner, in line with agreed category.
  • Project manage and prioritise a number of sourcing initiatives effectively through agile project delivery and problem-solving skills.
  • Create compelling and innovative sourcing strategies which challenge current ways of working and deliver best value to Thames Water.
  • Lead a multi-disciplinary team through the procurement process with full customer engagement and following Thames Water sourcing methodology.
  • Demonstrate that sustainability, innovation and risk management, collaboration, health and safety & well-being are effectively considered and managed through each initiative.
  • Ensure that sourcing projects are delivered on time, achieving optimum risk allocation, best value and fulfilling customers' expectations.
  • Ensure that audit trails, document and information systems and all supplier information exchanges are effective, with robust confidentiality and traceability, in line with the Procurement Regulations.
  • Demonstrate leadership within the Commercial Team by always striving for the highest standards of professionalism, high energy, commitment and best-practice.
  • Contribute to the delivery of your team’s targets by maintaining a fast pace in all sourcing projects, and challenging others to do the same.
  • Applying a creative and agile approach to negotiation to deliver outcome (not cost) focused solutions whilst at all times cognisant of being a representative of Thames Water.
  • Independently lead complex and sometimes challenging negotiations to a successful conclusion.
  • Build deep and trusting relationships with key stakeholders with an ability to engage and influence at senior levels.
  • Creating compelling, well-structured, accurate reports. documents and presentations and effectively deliver to all levels of the business (both internally and externally).
  • Efficiently managing spend and information gathering process by working with the Business Analyst, suppliers and third parties.
  • To be successful you will have the following skills and experience :

  • You will be passionate and highly energised commercially-minded individual seeking a new challenge.
  • You will have worked in a large complex organisation, within a multi stakeholder environment, accomplished considerable outputs and have the ability to drive continuous improvement.
  • You will have a firm understanding and experience of operating Utilities Contract Regulations 2016.
  • Strong experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Solid experience in enabling effective decision making at a Senior level.
  • Strong category experience (Digital portfolio essential; other categories desirable).
  • Track record in delivering against stretching benefits targets.
  • Experience in managing multi £m business transformational projects.
  • Excellent proven commercial and contractual acumen.
  • Solid negotiation and dispute resolution skills.
  • Self-starter resilient and tenacious under pressure.
  • Experience in programme, project and performance management.
  • Outstanding communication skills and customer service ethic.
  • Chartered Institute Purchasing and Supply or working towards is desirable.
  • What’s in it for you :

    This is an exciting and challenging time for our Commercial team, our business as a whole and the water industry. A backdrop of climate change and population growth is putting pressure on our existing water resources and in turn driving the need for a series of significant investments in our assets.

    The projects we will develop and deliver in the next 5 to 15 years, will leave a lasting legacy for future generations across London, the South East and the UK.

    Additionally, with regulatory change on the horizon and the introduction of competition into the marketplace, never has our role as a Commercial function been more important.

    Join our team and help us to create innovative commercial solutions that deliver real value for our stakeholders and customers.

    Work with us in creating, identifying and procuring new opportunities; help us make sure that our business is in the best position to deliver.

    This is a high-profile role within the business with personal development opportunities, including direct engagement with director-level stakeholders.

    You will the opportunity to work closely with other teams, including, legal, financial, regulatory, operational and market experts.

    Our competitive salary and package include a competitive bonus, car allowance, private healthcare, an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday.

    There is also a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps.

    We’re proud to be here for our local community, offering all of our teams two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.

    Click here to view our full list of Rewards and Benefits

    About us :

    Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.

    7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.

    As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally.

    That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open.

    We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

    We’re also turning poo into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project.

    We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

    Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.

    Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits.

    We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with an award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.

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