Business Manager

Job Type Business Change and Improvement
Location London - Victoria
Partnership Level 5
Closing Date 09/12/2021
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £72,300.00 - £98,400.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35 Hours per week. 09:00 - 17:30 Monday - Friday


What will you be doing?  

  • Works alongside the Director Global Sourcing to interpret and operationalise the Partnership’s strategic plan for their directorate

  • Act as an advisor and sounding board to the Director of Global Sourcing, providing thought partnership and constructive challenge when necessary

  • Initiate and lead priority projects on behalf of the Director of Global Sourcing

  • Manage a large number of internal and external stakeholders

  • Coordinate communication

  • Drive the direction and effectiveness of the Director’s meetings

  • Build an extensive network across the Partnership, maintaining excellent relationships with members of the Director’s team

  • Handle confidential information in an appropriate way, always maintaining complete discretion.


What you'll have: 

  • Experience of succeeding in a role which has equipped you with a broad understanding of the workings of the Partnership.

  • Strong written, communication and influencing skills.

  • Experience of dealing with complexity

  • Experience of cross-functional working.

What else could you bring?

  • Experience working in Global sourcing

  • Strong experience of managing operational activity and / or overseeing change programmes

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Duties and Responsibilities

What’s the role about?

You will act as the right hand to the Director of Global Sourcing and will support them in fulfilling their personal accountabilities & responsibilities. You will orchestrate activity on their behalf, act as an advisor and sounding board to them providing strategy and constructive challenge when necessary.

The successful candidate requires a thorough understanding of the business, strong professional relationships with senior management, broad networks throughout the Partnership, and strong interpersonal skills to help facilitate discussions, support informed decision making, and ensure the follow through of implementation and actions.

You will be accountable for ensuring prioritised change lands in the Global Sourcing Directorate.

In this role, you will be required to occasionally work flexibly with your hours to allow you to communicate with our international Stakeholders.

We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site - We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so, at your interview, feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Attachment: Business Manager L5 (1) (1).pdf 


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