Procurement Associate

Job reference: 143426BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: Buying and Merchandising
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the most respected, ambitious and dynamic teams in the industry leading the thinking on Procurement strategy and making a difference to the organisation, our customers and the community.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their commercial and leadership skills within a high performing Procurement team within a truly global organisation operating in over 25 countries led by our Chicago-based Chief Procurement Officer. The team manage a range of categories including Technology, Marketing Services, Professional Services, and Logistics with a total spend of $7bn per annum. The UK based team is formed of a Category Procurement team for Goods Not for Resale (GNFR) who report to a Head of Category Procurement and is comprised of c.30 professional Procurement Managers, and a Procurement Transformation and Development team.

About the opportunity

The purpose of the Procurement Function is to create and deliver sustainable value through brilliant and responsible procurement, enabling the business to invest in the future and improve the lives of our customers and team members around the world. The role will include:

• Supporting the delivery of end-to-end category management at a local and regional level
• The opportunity to work cross-divisionally with colleagues, stakeholders and suppliers globally
• Working with stakeholders (functional, procurement and supplier) to execute end-to-end category management key activities, including;
o Leading RFI/RFQ/RFP activities for medium to low spend, evaluating supplier options, managing commercial negotiations and recommending solutions
o Supplier due diligence and assurance
o Database management (contract, spend and supplier) & Spend Analysis
o Contract administration
o Purchase to pay support
• Managing and connecting multiple, internal and external stakeholders to operate collaboratively and deliver projects
• Deliver cost savings to the business through supplier negotiations, contract management and spend analysis
• Project managing work-streams and initiatives to ensure timely delivery of objectives and adherence with policy and processes
• Identifying, exploring and developing new procurement approaches and ways of working
• The opportunity to train towards and obtain a professional qualification in procurement.

About you

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business, Computer Systems, Accounting, Finance or Engineering and/or significant relevant experience in a business environment
• Strong communication skills at multiple seniority levels with the ability to utilise this to foster collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
• Tenacity, creativity and a keen problem solver, who can navigate complexity
• A motivated individual who has a strong entrepreneurial mentality with the ability to translate that into a team environment
• The capability to excel in a fast-paced workplace environment with the capacity to manage multiple complex projects while maintaining a clear result orientated focus
• A strong analytical mindset with a natural ability to clearly interpret data and the skill to articulate the story behind these findings
• Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Office, Excel and Word

Benefits

We have a great range of benefits that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you:

• Competitive salary
• Maternity / Paternity / Adoption leave pay
• Boots Pension Scheme
• Competitive holiday allowance
• Generous staff discount (Boots, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearing Care)
• £100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
• Access to corporate discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays etc (UK only)
• Discretionary annual bonus scheme
• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
• Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes, holiday buying and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
• Onsite staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, dry cleaning service and excellent travel links
*All rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility.

Why Boots

Our mission is to help everyone to feel good. This starts internally – with every colleague and every team. In our stores and pharmacies, our warehouses and our Support Office, we work together, putting our customers first and our colleagues at the heart of everything we do. We aim to attract, develop and retain the best people, with a huge range of opportunities for you to continue to grow with us… just bring your passion and commitment and we’ll do the rest.

Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do in our business. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, passionate about embracing the diversity of our colleagues and providing a positive and inclusive working environment for all.

We offer a variety of flexible working patterns to support our colleagues to achieve a good work life balance, just speak to our Recruitment team to find out more.

What’s next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact mark.woodyatt@boots.co.uk