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Procurement Contract Manager

Full time - flexible working may be considered
35 hours per week
Birmingham based £46,995 - £55,288 per annum; London based £52,948 - £62,292 per annum
Birmingham, Chancery Lane - London, Martin Lane - London
Corporate Functions

Our newly formed Procurement Contracts Management team within our Shared Services function are recruiting for a number of roles, inclusive of three Procurement Contract Managers.

In the role of Procurement Contract Manager, you will be working for either the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Shared Services department itself.

We are looking for Managers to be London or Birmingham based.

What is in it for you?

• Opportunity to shape your role and be the go to person for all aspects of procurement and contracts
• Influence business decisions and the way that we manage existing and new supplier relationships
• Showcase your research, planning and analysis skills to make sure we engage with the appropriate suppliers
• Exposure to key internal and external stakeholders, working on some exciting fundamental projects.

The role:

Reporting to the Head of Procurement Contract Management, you will lead on the procurement of items and services, supporting numerous management teams to deliver requirements across the Law Society Group.

As an established and experienced procurement professional having worked in a similar role previously, you will bring strong commercial awareness and skills to manage and develop third party supplier relationships.

You will be an expert in all aspects of procurement, inclusive of the development of the procurement strategy, and associated outputs such as tender documents, scoring matrices and risk profiles.

The ability to build partnerships as well as credibility and respect, is vital in this role. You will work closely with senior managers and key customers to assess requirements and provide expert advice in line with best practice.

Working cross functionally with other Procurement Managers you will offer clear organisation and flexibility to make sure the team delivers a quality end to end service. And using your excellent analytical skills, you will interpret complex issues and contracts and communicate these in a clear and concise way.

Having previously provided procurement and vendor support for the provision of services and goods, you will have an important role in supporting the current transformation projects we are running.

What we are looking for:

• A strong communicator, who is able to build successful relationships
• Resilience, with the ability to problem solve effectively
• A strong negotiator, who has managed multiple tender processes
• A confident, sound decision maker who can make recommendations

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter. Please ensure that your CV and covering letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience requirements of the role.

Please specify in your cover letter which location you wish to be based from, London or Birmingham. 

Interviews will take place mid-end of October 2017.


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and experience:

Experience of leading the procurement of and management of contracts

Strong commercial management skills

Extensive experience in research, planning and analysing suppliers for strategic and tactical purchases

Proven experience of managing and developing 3rd party supplier relationships, ensuring commercial risk and analysis profiles are fully understood

Proven experience of interpreting contracts (with legal support where required)

Ability to analyse and interpret complex issues and present them in a clear and concise written form

Experience of working with suppliers to continually improve services

Articulate with good communications skills, capable of dealing at a business level with senior managers, key customers and key suppliers

Ability to solve problems creatively and effectively and support this in others

Experience of reviewing contracts to break down deliverables and obligations and to enable a recommendation on areas where savings can be made or services delivered more efficiently

Strong negotiation skills


Degree or equivalent qualification

Proven experience of monitoring provider performance against SLAs and KPIs

Proven experience of on boarding new suppliers and implementing the agreed governance model

Proven experience of inputting into service improvement plans

Proven experience of managing supplier exits

Coaching and influencing skills – to support others in their understanding of and adherence to contract procedures

Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply

Project Management skills

Shared Services provides services to the Law Society and the SRA.

The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales. From negotiating with and lobbying the profession's regulators, government and other decision makers, to offering training and advice, we're here to help, protect and promote solicitors.

The SRA is the independent regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales, protecting consumers and supporting the rule of law and the administration of justice. We do this by overseeing all education and training requirements necessary to practise as a solicitor, licensing individuals and firms to practise, setting the standards of the profession and regulating and enforcing compliance against these standards.
We offer a generous flexible benefits package, a friendly working environment and the opportunity to develop your career within a professional organisation.
Vacancy closing date: 13/10/2017, 23:55
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

This opportunity is closed to applicants.