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Supplier Development Technologist

Support Office

Summary

Job Reference: 164086BR

Nottingham Support Office

Permanent

Full-time | Part-time

If quality, risk management, and continuous improvement motivate you then look no further as we have the perfect opportunity for like-minded individuals, to join our Quality & Technical Europe Team. As Supplier Development Technologist, you will support the business build its brands and create a positive impact on both people and the planet.

About the opportunity
The Supplier Development Technologist role is responsible for ensuring that all suppliers have the desired quality capability and are compliant with Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) technical and quality standards. By building strong and open supplier relationships the role holder will be responsible for developing robust continual improvement plans that have a positive impact on supplier performance.

Key Responsibilities
As Supplier Development Technologist you will:

  • Support the on-boarding and set up of new suppliers through onsite supplier assessments to industry and WBA technical and quality standards
  • Conduct performance monitoring meetings with key suppliers to agreed critical metrics
  • Identify and deliver detailed supplier technical and quality performance improvement plans and associated activities
  • Provide quality and technical expertise to support effective root cause analysis and resolution of quality incidents / serious complaints
  • Identify and communicate any supplier risks and opportunities with key stakeholders across the business.
  • Due to the nature of the role and geographical locations of our supplier base, local and international travel is expected and in certain circumstances, you may be required to travel at short notice
About you
We are seeking candidates with:
  • A strong understanding of product quality and technical requirements
  • Previous manufacturing and/or auditing experience
  • Effective problem-solving skills with a stop and fix forever mentality.
  • Strong communication skills, be great at building relationships, and have previous experience of superb partner management.
Benefits
We have a great range of benefits* that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you:
  • Competitive holiday allowance (with the option to buy more days)
  • Retirement Savings Plan pension scheme
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity / Paternity / Adoption leave pay
  • £100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
  • Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, holiday buying, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes, and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme offering free, independent, and confidential counseling and support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Generous staff discount (with enhanced discounts for Boots brands, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearingcare)
  • Access to corporate third-party discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays, and more (the UK only)
  • Access to a range of learning and development resources and programmes
  • Excellent onsite facilities including staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, outdoor seating spaces, dry cleaning service, and excellent travel links including on-campus bus stops
*All rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility.

Why WBA Global Sourcing
Our sourcing team brings a broad and diverse range of products to life for our retailers, brands, and most importantly, our customers. Our global sourcing operation is the power behind WBA’s retailers and brands. Our team of more than 400 people are located throughout Asia, the UK, Mexico, and the U.S., putting us at the heart of the markets we serve and close to our suppliers.

The combination of the team’s expertise and the breadth and diversity of our supplier base enables WBA Global Sourcing to bring to life an extraordinarily broad range of products from beauty and healthcare, to groceries and toys, with a specialty in the development of owned brand and consumer brand products. With a razor-sharp focus on product quality, the Global Sourcing team supports delivery against our ambitious WBA sustainability targets through initiatives such as packaging reduction and the eradication of single-use plastic. We also reduce the volume of goods shipped around the world by manufacturing products locally in the regions where they will be sold. Critically, we ensure we only work with suppliers that consistently demonstrate compliance with our ethical sourcing requirements.

We're proud to offer our Support Office team members a hybrid working approach because how we work is central to our ability to compete, innovate and win together. Our hybrid, flexible approach to work is based upon empowerment, accountability, care and trust and includes a balanced mix of remote and office-based working.

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 steph.dacre@wba.com

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