Procurement Manager Retail & Professional Services

Job Type Procurement
Location Bracknell Campus
Additional Locations London - Victoria
Partnership Level 6
Closing Date 23/10/2021
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £52,400.00 - £86,400.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35


This is a permanent opportunity to work in our Procurement team.

What's the role about?

As a Partner in our business, your focus is to work collaboratively to create value for our customers and our business.

Within the Partnership, the role of Procurement Manager, you will need to identify opportunities and execute procurement plans to solve problems within our business. No two days are the same.

Working within the retail and professional services (RPS) procurement group, the scope of engagements can come across the business including but not limited to retail operations and head office.

Part of a team with a diverse skill set, knowledge and experience. focused on supporting one of the best loved retailers in the UK today, facing the difficult industry wide challenges ahead.

What will you be doing?

The role is embedded within procurement’s category planning and sourcing group, focussing specifically on the retail & professional services categories. Reporting to the Procurement Lead, you need to call upon your wide experience gained within similar sized organisations to challenge the status quo.

Our business is changing, and procurement are at the forefront of the challenge that will diversify the business and deliver a £300m profit within 5 years.

You will work across the business to challenge, provide solutions and deliver change.

The John Lewis Partnership is diverse, including retail: bricks and clicks, financial services, supply chain, hotels, farms, and manufacturing. One week you may be required to work on identifying and engaging a strategy consultancy for a transformational project. 

The following week you may be asked to support with developing a strategy to overcome a contingent labour shortfall.

This is is where your experience and knowledge across a wide range of categories will come to bear fruit.

What you’ll have

Extensive experience of Procurement at a senior level

A strong people management background

Prior experience in one of the following areas:-

Engaging management consultancies

Banking services

Retail consumables

customer contact centres

Solid understanding of negotiation principles and best practice

Good experience of contract law and drafting agreements

Excellent communication and influencing skills

Broad understanding of procurement strategy, policy and process

What else could you bring?

Ability to challenge stakeholders, building and managing strong relationships both internally and externally to maximise delivery of the Procurement GNFR agenda. 

Experience of commercial negotiation and the ability to take the lead on negotiations.

Please note:

We occasionally close vacancies early in the event that we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend that you apply early.

Please ensure you start and complete the online test and then return to your candidate portal in Workday to complete the 3 application questions, by the closing date.

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.

In light of the current situation, this role will temporarily involve a mixture of working from home as well as in the office environment. Therefore it’s key that you have access to a suitable working environment if at home, away from any distractions and your own secure wifi connection.

Internal only:

Partners can view the job description via this internal link, using your internal email address:-


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 click here -

Attachment: Procurement Manager.pdf 


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