Head of Procurement

United Kingdom
Permanent / Full Time

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7th February, 2024

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Head of Procurement – Leadership Opportunity – Reading

ESP Global Services are  over 30 years established, rapidly growing managed serviced provider of IT support and infrastructure solutions, supporting clients worldwide 24/7.

Role Purpose 

 We have a fantastic opportunity for someone that can spearhead our next phase of evolution through leadership and execution on a fit for purpose global supply chain management function including 3rd party relationships and contract management.  The role require deep commercial understanding to ensuring that competitive pricing and service delivery quality is provided, thus fulfilling our contractual obligations to our end-customers. To design a global SCM strategy that supports growth and enhances profit contribution.

Key Responsabilities:

  • Develop and implement a global supply chain management strategy that delivers competitive pricing and uncompromised service delivery quality to ESP. 
  • Design and implement robust and effective supply chain management processes, procedures, tools and guidelines ensuring value for money, quality and supplier performance are consistently delivered
  • Develop strong relationships with key internal stakeholders to understand the current and future commercial and service requirements and ensure these are aligned to the ESP Supply Base
  • Develop the supply chain sourcing strategy to maximise commercial advantage, strengthen the supply base and shorten the supply chain lead time enabling the business to deliver against customer requirements in a timely fashion
  • Negotiate and agree rate cards and SLAs with multiple existing and new suppliers on a country by country basis to ensure business resilience
  • Develop and implement a supplier review process for Strategic Partners including performance, relationship, quality, cost and KPIs providing key Management Information to allow the business to make informed decisions.
  • Manage the end-to-end procurement process, including sourcing, negotiation, contracting and supplier relationship management
  • Lead change and champion best practice to promote the supply chain function across the business
  • Ensure business engagement terms are compliant with all appropriate contractual requirements, including legislation, regulatory and customer flow-down requirements
  • Lead and motivate direct reports and ensure that they receive appropriate support, training and development to achieve their potential.
  • To embed the process of proposing cost and undertaking the purchasing and contracting

Skills/Experience required :

  • At least 10 years’ progressive experience in, procurement & supplier management with experience in the IT or managed services industry
  • Excellent understanding of IT service and 3rd party supply chains
  • Extremely energetic and motivated individual, who has both experience and ideas in all of the areas mentioned above.
  • Experience of working in a partnership or professional services firm is essential 
  • Proven experience as a Head of Procurement or in a similar senior procurement role within a multinational organisation.
  • Strong knowledge of procurement processes, best practices, and legal requirements.
  • Excellent negotiation, contract management, and supplier relationship management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement procurement strategies to achieve cost savings and operational efficiency.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively and to influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • Proficiency in procurement software and tools and driven to cost saving
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, CIPS Level 6 Diploma, a Master’s degree would be desirable.


  • A competitive salary according to your experience
  • Pension
  • Car allowance
  • Private medical insurance
  • A clear path of leadership development within our business

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