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Procurement Contract Specialist

London - hybrid


Placement Type:



£52,6k pa pro rata (PAYE)

Start Date:

01 Jan, 2024

Hours: Full time, 37,5 -hour week

The Procurement Manager will be responsible for the execution of purchase requisitions in support of global sourcing activities and initiatives across one or more categories in Marketing, Services, and or Technology. 

This role will serve as a contact point responsible for building and managing relationships with key client’s business owners and suppliers and will be required to execute/identify global strategic sourcing initiatives, drive cost savings, identify and impact efficiencies that support growth strategies within the respective departments supported. This role also requires the execution of sourcing strategies, with an equal emphasis placed on the ability to identify, analyze, and quantify opportunities as well as the ability to manage RFI and RFPs and handle vendor negotiations.


Responsibilities to include, but not limited to: 

• Provide category expertise and leverage that understanding to determine potential sources of supply, determine capabilities of suppliers’ product and service offerings, and relate offerings to stakeholder needs
• Determine the right sourcing process considering bidding approach, formal and informal negotiations, and structure process to resolve conflicts and build consensus
• Drive project activity across several cross-functional team through communication of expectations, decisions, changes, enforcement of deadlines, and creation and evaluation of deliverables
• Define data needed to meet objectives and develop an effective plan for gathering it (including spend, contracts, supplier information, stakeholder insights, current state process & tools)
• Utilize analysis to solve business problems. Draw conclusions and insights that are not immediately obvious
• Gather, analyze, and document requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, business analysis, and task and workflow analysis
• Lead and Manage RFI/RFQ/RFPs from start to finish, which includes creation, issuance, and facilitation of the entire process, through vendor evaluations (using scorecards) and vendor selection
• Direct the negotiation of medium complexity, enterprise-wide, strategic supplier partners
• Manage issues & risks and communicate to management. Consult with senior management and project management experts as needed.

Qualifications/Skills Basic qualifications:

• Relevant industry experience
• Experience with ERP and Source-to-Pay tools
• Experience developing and/or presenting business cases
• Bachelor’s degree in Business or other quantitative discipline
• 5-7 years of sourcing experience (e.g., RFI/RFQ/RFP, reverse auctions, interests-based direct negotiations)
• Experience negotiating with suppliers
• Experience in contract development, administration, and/or management
• Experience managing multiple simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment
• Experience in negotiating deals with global vendors
• Experience in managing global vendor relationships
• Solid financial and/or quantitative modeling
• Comfort with written and verbal communication of quantitative and qualitative information with executives
• Ability to travel up to -% of the time (not required for this position)
• Availability to directly support and interact with multiple local/international business units

Desired skills:

• A proven track record of cost reduction and productivity improvements; ability to influence and drive change while building solid relationships with your internal clients and external vendors
• Internal or external business consulting experience highly desired
• Knowledge and interest in key sourcing areas such as: o Marketing Services o Professional Services and Consulting o Technology and Engineering Services o Workplace Services (Facilities) o Customer Success and Care
• Knowledge of global supply base
• Strong analytical skills; MS Excel proficient; financial modeling preferred
• Strong written and communication skills; MS PowerPoint, MS Word proficient


• Bachelor’s degree in Business or other quantitative discipline
• 5-7 years of sourcing experience (e.g., RFI/RFQ/RFP, reverse auctions, interests-based direct negotiations)


If this sounds like you, contact the Aquent team today!

The next steps will be shared with shortlisted candidates. Thank you for taking the time to apply.

Client Description

Our Client is a global technology platform that specialises in overcoming the world’s most important financial challenges. Their products and services are driven by artificial intelligence, and their accounting software is one of their most recognisable creations. Considered one of the top companies to work for, they are proud of their company culture and entrepreneurial spirit.


Aquent is dedicated to improving inclusivity & is proudly an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups & are committed to providing support to applicants with disabilities. We aim to provide reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, to those with a medical condition, disability or neurodivergence.