Procurement Manager

The JM Group is supporting a Leading Insurance client to find a Procurement Manager for a 6 month interim assignment.

The Procurement Manager will be responsible for:

*Implementing sourcing projects and be accountable for results.
*Develop and manage supplier relationships, including the negotiation of commercial contracts, contract performance and service delivery.
*Identify and communicate best practices and develop benchmarks that compare internal performance to industry best practice.
*Enable and ensure transparency of spend and drive for an optimization of efficiency (procedures and cost) in collaboration with stakeholders.
*Lead supplier selection processes in alignment with business partners and negotiate contracts up to final authorization including dispute resolution, approving and qualifying vendors as well as authorization of contracts and purchase orders.
*Lead and participate in cross-functional teams in procurement and general projects as well as pro-actively supporting other team members in their tasks and activities.
*Continuous learning and development of the procurement knowledge and methodologies driving innovation and continuous improvement within the procurement function and specifically for legal and non-legal services.
*Educate customers in relevant procurement and contract management skills and techniques; ensure compliance with procurement policies, standards and guidelines.

The Procurement Manager must have:

*A deep knowledge of the relevant supply markets with particular emphasis on Insurance, Claims, Legal and Non-legal services and the ability to interpret & match to business requirements.
*Experience with large P&C insurance company/industry; claims handling knowledge a plus.
*Proven ability to drive category strategy and setup supplier selection and management.
*In depth knowledge of Procurement processes and methodologies including Supplier Relationship Management, Business Partnering and Category Management, external trends and current best practice including contract management.
*Experience in outsourced Underwriting and Claims handling and Claims Legal Defence in commercial lines of business.
*Knowledge and experience in Claim Management, Liability, Warranty and international procurement related legislation.
*Business management - particularly legal & contractual aspects of purchasing.
*Strong negotiation and contract management skills, specifically within the parameters of Insurance related vendors, Claims legal and non-legal service providers.
*Ability to establish strategic direction & develop & implement sourcing strategies.
*Excellent communications skills in order to interface with suppliers and internal customers.
*Team player- ability to work in a team environment in order to deliver strategic goals.
*Global experience in a large multinational / multicultural organization.
*Expertise in negotiations with suppliers on agreements which carry high business impact.
*Excellent analytical, presentation, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills.
*Action oriented and solution minded team player with high degree of self-management.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please email me your cv in the first instance.

The JM Group is operating and advertising as an Employment Agency for permanent positions and as an Employment Business for interim / contract / temporary positions. The JM Group is an Equal Opportunities employer and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds.