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Group Procurement Manager

Independent News & Media
Dublin, Country: Ireland
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Location: Dublin
INM has a vacancy for a Group Procurement Manager. This is a key role who’s focus is to work with all areas of the business deliver high quality procurement support through maximising value and performance from 3rd party vendor spend, ensuring appropriate vendors are in place to deliver operational and service requirements, issuing and reviewing tenders and contracts, handling contract renewals, delivering financial savings targets and driving awareness to ensure the INM Procurement process is being implemented across all functions. The vast majority of external 3rd party spend is negotiated directly by Procurement with vendors.


Responsibilities will include but not limited to
  • Liaising with all departments across the group to understand operational purchasing requirements
  • Researching available providers, negotiating with and putting in place appropriate vendors to deliver those requirements
  • Delivery of year on year financial cost savings targets - through a mixture of robust rate negotiations on contract renewals, review of usage/service requirements and consolidating vendors to deliver synergies
  • Preparing and issuing Tender’s and RFQ’s. Updating scoring matrices, shortlisting vendors, negotiating rate and terms and production of Tender evaluation/recommendation for approval by Group Procurement Director
  • Negotiation and close out of contractual documentation to include not just negotiation on price and service but also reviewing and closing out the vendor contract/agreement
  • Ensuring INM’s interests are protected in all agreements (KPIs, SLAs, Liability, Termination clauses etc)
  • Ensuring compliance across the group with the INM procurement Policy
  • Meeting key suppliers on a regular basis to monitor performance and assist resolve any service issues
  • Providing strategic and hands on input into key projects in terms of procurement process, Tender/RFQ requirements, vendor evaluation and selection.
  • Review and approval of Purchase Orders in accordance with Group Procurement policy requirements
  • Calculating, and informing relevant Department Heads and Finance, the financial impact of price negotiations/contract renewals versus current and budgeted costs
  • Providing input into the annual budgeting process in terms of forecasting vendor spend, potential savings etc.
  • Ensuring Procurement savings targets are being achieved and accurately tracked
  • Ensuring there is a procurement calendar to capture all contract renewal dates, next challenge date and liaising with relevant departments to finalise service requirements in advance of renewal
  • Assistance with Procurement projects as required by the Group Procurement & Operations Director

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS (Minimum Experience & Essential Knowledge)

  • Procurement, Finance, Business, CIPS/IIPMM or equivalent professional qualification in addition to basic degree
  • Minimum of 4-5 years experience working in a similar role
  • Ability to identify and quickly implement savings to deliver financial targets
  • Previous cross functional experience in working with different functions, negotiating a broad range of services and leading successful supplier negotiations
  • Experience in negotiating, updating and reviewing supplier contracts. INM does not have an in house legal function.
  • Previous experience preparing Tenders/RFQ’s, tender evaluations and contracts
  • An appetite for continuous improvement and adding value to the business
  • Must be detail-oriented, self motivated with ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to manage a large portfolio of suppliers and maintain a strong working relationships
  • Assertiveness and ability to effectively communicate and influence others across the organisation at all levels
  • Excellent analytical and computer (Excel/MS Office, Power BI) skills. Familiarity with a purchasing/finance system a distinct advantage
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines and juggle multiple renewals
  • The ability/method to track progress and savings identified
  • Ability to ‘push back’ when required to ensure procurement policies and procedures are followed by all departments
  • Proven ability to have previously managed a procurement function to meet business and procurement goals


Technical & Non technical
  • Ability to run a Tender/RFQ process from start to finish
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • A passion for maximising value for money, reducing costs and ensuring high quality vendor performance
  • Strong financial acumen. Ability to understand and input into budgets and deliver and accurately track departmental savings
  • Experience in putting in place contracts, KPI’s and SLA’s
  • Ability to manager suppliers and track contract performance
  • Ability to work as part of a team and take direction
  • Ability to be flexible and dynamic and adapt quickly to changing equirements
  • Problem solving
  • Organisational awareness
  • Planning & Organising
  • Detail Oriented
  • Effective Collaboration
  • Effective written, presentation and oral communication
  • Energetic
  • Full Clean Drivers licence
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Company: Independent News & Media
Company size: 1-49
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