Sourcing Specialist (Procurement) - Inside IR35 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Contract Term: 12 Months
Contracting Authority: Network Rail
Location: Milton Keynes – Current WFH

Are you looking to join an organisation where you do meaningful work every day? As a Sourcing Specialist you’ll be starting a rewarding assignment with Network Rail.

Our role is to run a safe, reliable and efficient railway, serving customers and communities. We exist to get people and goods where they need to be and to support our country’s economic prosperity.

We're undertaking an ambitious change. Our vision is Putting Passengers First – a company that is on the side of passengers and freight users; that is easy to engage with and is an efficient and dependable partner; a company people are proud to work for; instinctively recognised as an industry leader.

We’re an organisation where people matter. We matter to millions.

As a Sourcing Specialist, your main responsibilities would be to:

  • Develop and manage the sourcing process from business requirement to contract signature, on behalf of key customers and stakeholders, for medium cost and business risk opportunities, utilising, where relevant, commercial purpose-built models, to create and deliver commercial and contractual value, in support of the C&P Director’s annual savings target
  • Implement approved Integrated Category Strategies (ICS) through the development and delivery of the qualified Sourcing pipeline, in collaboration with the relevant Category Manager and relevant customers and stakeholders, to release the full defined savings and benefits value committed to within the ICS
  • Apply the Sourcing Framework for sourcing led opportunities outside of ICS creation, for where total annual spend of up to £100m and within an OJEU environment, to manage all risk, governance, legislative and regulatory requirements, validated by the Procurement Risk and Assurance team
  • Negotiate sourcing enabled savings and benefit opportunities, in collaboration with all relevant customers and stakeholders, approved by Finance and applied to budgets where applicable, in support of the C&P Director’s savings target
  • Facilitate the transition of Sourcing led execution to Strategic Supplier Management, to manage a seamless customer experience from business requirement through to post contract signature and position the Supplier Management team to optimise their delivery of full contractual and relationship value
  • Demand manage customer and stakeholder common sourcing requirements to maximise overall Group-wide commercial value, with a politically aware engagement and direct influencing style across multiple Routes and Regions, in a complex, devolved organisation
  • Develop process and execute activity related to contract variations, amendments and changes, to include contract administration, in collaboration with Supplier Management team, to maintain an accurate supplier data profile in the event of dispute or the invoking of contingency plans
  • Develop and manage sourcing aligned continuous improvement activities, demand pipeline assessments and annual customer satisfaction surveys, to deliver an enhanced customer experience, aligned to the Vision and best in class Procurement ambition

You’ll have:

  • A demonstrable level of Sourcing experience, with a track record of savings delivery
  • Experience with negotiation and dispute resolution skill set
  • Experience with contract law and financial management
  • Experience with driving value from sourcing opportunities
  • Experienced with agile cross-functional collaborative working methods
  • Politically awareness, with the proven ability to use direct and indirect influencing strategies at an executive level
  • Experience of problem-solving complex sourcing specific challenges
  • Detailed knowledge of the UK Rail Industry, including procurement processes in a reclassified environment or with Public Sector experience

You will also have these Qualifications/Skills:

  • MCIPS (or working towards)

Network Rail is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. They welcome applications from everyone.

In applying for this role you acknowledge the following; this role falls in scope of the Off Payroll Working in the Public Sector legislation. Any rates of payment quoted will reflect the gross rate per day for the assignment, and will be subject to appropriate taxes and statutory costs. As such the payment to the intermediary and your income resulting from this contract will be different.

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