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Procurement Advisor - Supply Chain

Role: Procurement Business Advisor – Supply Chain
Reports to: Procurement Business Partner – Transport/Warehousing
Work Location: UK, Reading or Islip
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 Procurement Business Advisor– Supply Chain is an important role working with our Supply Chain function, working across inbound, warehousing and logistics in new and existing markets, with a spend of >£600m.
Primark supply chain is predominantly based in Islip, Northamptonshire which forms part of a network of 8 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.
The role is accountable to develop and execute a subset of strategies (based on spend area, geography) to maximise commercial and operational benefit for our supply chain.
  1. Supply Chain
  • Partner with the Primark Supply Chain team to ensure that we have the right suppliers in place that deliver the right quality at the right price.
  • Develop Category plans for a subset of Inbound, Warehousing or Logistics
  • Represent and act as the delegate for the Business Partner supply chain as appropriate
  • Represent the category on relevant strategy development and planning forums
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, ensuring business alignment on critical objectives
  • Identify risks to existing Primark supply lines and mitigate by sourcing alternative supplies.
  • As part of Smart Spend programme (and those outside of its scope), 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.
  • Agree and include KPIs/SLAs in contracts, lead/attend review meetings as appropriate.
  • Embed and critically appraise Supplier Relationship Management strategy for the category
  • Anticipate the future growth plans of the business and ensure that the category plans are setup to enable
  • Support Supply Chain as part of store roll expansion programme as Primark enter new countries, from market research, to new supplier identification negotiation and contract implementation.
  1. Compliance and Governance
  • Negotiate contracts with new and existing suppliers, ensuring contract terms achieve benefit to the organisation and govern the long-term relationships
  • Benchmark price structures across all regions to ensure value for money through the life of a contract.
  • Create and distribute guidance on how to purchase items in the categories in scope to internal stakeholders to ensure category strategy is followed
  • Identify and advise internal customers of commercial risks supply assurance issues and work to mitigate risk to protect Primark.
  1. Contractual and Legal
  • Ensure Primark is adequately legally protected and insured when undertaking all aspects of procurement
  • Ensure compliance to contract approval policy via legal review and appropriate grant of authority for contracts and SOW’s
  • Put in place contracts, framework and legal agreements for all suppliers in all countries.
  • Ensure that all contractual arrangements adequately indemnify Primark and their insurers.
  • Ensure legal frameworks and purchase orders are in place for all procurement activity.
  • Actively champion sustainability and be conscious of Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.
  • Be aware of the requirement for suppliers to comply with the Primark Code of Practice.
  1. 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.
  • Use appropriate tools to maximise efficiency and transparency of sourcing and commercial negotiations e.g. eRFX, auctions.
  • Maintain a current view of overall category spend, supplier data, market intelligence and best practice
  • Ensure regular communication with relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure all direct reports have objectives and personal development plans that are regularly reviewed
  1. E-sourcing and Systems
  • Ensure events are scheduled, prepared and managed to deliver best value through our e –sourcing tools Scanmarket, Keelvar.
  • Ensure compliance to Procurement systems policy, such as contract management systems and P2P
  1. Complexity – Internal, Spend and Supply Market
  • Primarily partner with medium complexity Manager and Head Of level Primark stakeholders
  • Effectively manage a subset of the £600m Supply chain spend
  • Accountability for transport or warehousing sub-category
  • Establish effective relationships with senior supplier personnel of local, regional and global suppliers
  • 2-3 years related experience in a Procurement role, with recent supply chain experience
  • Subject matter expertise and market knowledge of Supply chain, preferably in retail
  • Demonstrated ability to forge close business relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience of working within fast-paced and matrixed organisations
  • Experience of developing strategic partnerships with key suppliers
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prepare regular reports to share progress and performance
  • Knowledge of financial, legal, sustainability/CSR and ethical sourcing

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