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  • Strategic Procurement Manager

  • Business: Wickes
  • Sector: Category, Pricing & Product
  • Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
  • Salary: Excellent + bonus + benefits
  • Hours of work: 37.5
  • Position type: Permanent
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 05-Feb-2020
  • Job reference: 25761

Job Description

Wickes are a digitally led, service enabled organisation with a project in every home.



Wickes’ culture is a best kept secret; it’s a collaborative, down to earth, fun and inclusive environment where people feel part of a winning team. It’s an exciting time in Wickes’ history as 2020 will be the year that Wickes demerges from the Travis Perkins group and becomes a FTSE 200 company in its own right.


We are recruiting for a Procurement Manager who will have overall accountability within Strategic Procurement for managing the financial reporting of our supplier income and cost of goods programmes as well as delivering their part of the annual globally supplied buying improvements plan.


Role Purpose:


The Procurement Manager will originate, define, plan and manage a variety of Projects to help the Category Management Team buy at the best possible price to maximise profit, managing cross-functional teams,  project dependencies, risks and issues, and have a clear and co-ordinated strategy to communicate to all key stakeholders on an ongoing basis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Data management: data cleansing to improve data quality, interrogating high volume of data with a view to offering commercial insights

  • Undertake various reconciliations to ensure the integrity of analytical data

  • Develop trackers and automated reports to show the performance of commercial initiatives and projects

  • Developing processes to realise efficiencies

  • Provide financial insights into COGs savings initiatives and suppliers terms improvement and review profitability through analysis and commentary

  • Review and evaluate the information provided by the business and suppliers through terms negotiations clearly highlighting associated benefits and risks 

  • Understanding of Commercial P&L, rebate and variance analysis 

  • Establish a framework to support annual COGs budgeting and develop templates to provide quarterly forecasting cycles.

  • Lead, support, inspire and engage team colleagues to create an effective working environment, and ensure the successful delivery of team objectives.

  • Lead and manage project teams across departments including Category Management, QA, the Wickes Far East Sourcing Team and relevant departments within Travis Perkins Group

  • Recognise the commercial levers between Wickes and its suppliers to uncover opportunities to buy better

  • Understand how commodity and currency fluctuations impact Wickes landed cost prices and help formulate plans to mitigate these fluctuations e.g. introducing tracker agreement

  • Review supplier trading agreements on an annual basis and make recommendations to the Category Management team on how to drive incremental value

  • Manage the Wickes relationship with external agencies as appropriate e.g. external e-auction providers

  • Manage ad hoc projects as deemed appropriate by the Head of Strategic Procurement


What are we looking for?


A manager with a proven track record of commercial success, you will be highly motivated, innovative, tenacious and able to work in a fast paced environment. You will be able to manage projects efficiently and get the best out of people - you will be adept at holding stakeholders to account and escalating challenges as appropriate.


You will have strong analytical skills and have a keen eye for detail as well as being able to look across categories to pick out company-wide trends and opportunities. You will be inquisitive by nature, always looking out for new ways of delivering incremental profit.


What can we offer you?


Wickes is more than just the nation’s favourite DIY store, and one of the UK’s top employers. That’s why the first thing you’ll notice at Wickes is the way everyone pulls together.  It’s a place where we’ll ask for your ideas, listen to your opinions and value the contributions you make. Chances are you’ve never experienced anything quite like our culture. All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be. If that sounds like you, we’ll make you feel right at home.

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