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Procurement Business Partner - Warehousing

Role: Procurement Business Partner – Warehousing
Reports to: Procurement Business Partner – Supply Chain
Work Location: UK
Procurement play a key role in enabling Primark to deliver “Amazing Fashion at Amazing Prices” whilst supporting a significant store expansion programme and business transformation.
Procurement @ Primark look after “Goods not for resale” (GNFR) covering categories such as Supply Chain, Marketing, IT, Facilities Management, Retails Operations and Store Development.
Our team partners with the business to develop strategies to create competitive advantage for the business, with a focus on value creation, innovation and risk management.
The Primark supply chain is predominantly based in Islip, Northamptonshire which forms part of a network of 9 distribution centres globally. Goods are mostly imported from the Far East India, China and Bangladesh into the EU and the US, for distribution across c400 stores in 14 countries internationally
The Procurement Business Partner – Warehousing is a senior role partnering with our Procurement function, working across, warehousing and logistics with an annual global spend of £150m and a significant warehouse automation capital investment programme. This role will also play an active role across new markets in the USA and the expansion across Eastern Europe.
The role is accountable to develop and execute effective strategies for key categories such as 3PLs, automated warehousing providers, supply chain services e.g. re-processing MHE, offsite storage companies, packaging and consumables and others. Supply chain is a critical category for Primark and our 3PLs represent Primark’s highest spend suppliers across its GNFR supply chain.
1. Supply Chain
  • Develop Category plans across Warehousing and Warehouse Automation categories
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders through business partnering, ensuring business alignment on business strategies critical objectives
  • Identify opportunities for costs savings and work with the internal customers to get buy-in to deliver and regularly report against them.
  • Provide market intelligence and market sourcing research for internal customers with
  • recommendations on local versus global sourcing opportunities.
  • Embed and critically appraise Supplier Relationship Management strategy for the category
  • Develop and lead a team of Supply Chain Procurement professionals to deliver the Supply Chain strategy
  • Anticipate the future growth plans of the business and ensure that the category plans are setup to enable this to be done effectively
  • Work with New Markets Partners and ensure category plans consider store roll expansion programme as Primark enter new countries, from market research, to new supplier identification negotiation and contract implementation.
2. Compliance and Governance
  • Negotiate contracts with new and existing suppliers, ensuring contract terms achieve benefit to the organisation and govern the long-term relationships
  • Ensure Primark’s environmental and sustainability agenda is at the heart of all Supply Chain Procurement activity
  • Create and distribute guidance on how to procure items in the categories in scope to internal stakeholders to ensure category strategy is followed. Ensure appropriate legal frameworks and purchase orders are in place for all procurement activity
  • Identify and advise internal customers of commercial risks supply assurance issues and work to mitigate risk to protect Primark.
3. Contractual and Legal
  • Ensure Primark is adequately legally protected and insured when undertaking all aspects of procurement including adequately indemnifying Primark and their insurers
  • Ensure compliance to contract approval policy via legal review and appropriate use of the delegation of authority for contracts and SOW’s
  • Actively champion Corporate Social Responsibility and ensure suppliers comply with the Primark Code of Practice.
4. Operational Effectiveness
  • Through category management, establish a robust supplier base that delivers the required quality, cost and service in compliance with Primark Ethical Trade Strategy.
  • Deploy appropriate technological solutions to ensure efficiency and best use of leverage in new methods e.g. eRFX, auctions and best in class logistics sourcing tools like Keelvar.
  • Maintain a current view of overall spends supplier data, market intelligence and best practice.
  • 5. Complexity – Internal, Spend and Supply Market
  • Primarily partner with a wide and diverse network of Manager, Head Of and Director level Primark stakeholders
  • Effectively manage all >£150m Warehousing spend
  • Set agreed strategies and manage warehousing categories and support the development of the strategic automation programme
  • Be part of Procurement Leadership Team and actively contribution to the development and progression of the function.
  • 5 years related experience in a Procurement Manager role, with strong supply chain subject matter experience and market knowledge.
  • Experience of negotiating and sourcing open book 3PL agreements.
  • Knowledge and experience of warehouse automation agreements such as MF1 contracts
  • Demonstrated success in developing and delivering multi-year strategies ensuring competitive commercial advantage
  • Highly effective and skilled negotiator of complex, multi-variable global agreements
  • Demonstrated ability to forge close business relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all management levels
  • Proven track record of developing strategic partnerships with key suppliers
  • Expert knowledge of financial, legal contract negotiations, strong awareness of ethical sourcing and corporate social responsibility issues
  • Strong business acumen
  • Curiosity with ability to drive change
  • Self-motivated, focused and results orientated
  • Driven achiever with proven track record
  • Innovative and resourceful
  • Ability to influence senior internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent problem solving, strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Excellent organisation, prioritization and time management skills
  • Ability to analyse, evaluate and recommend on risk at strategic level
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to travel as required (>40%)

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