Job descriptionClarks shoes have been defining high street fashion for almost 200 years. Just because our brand has an amazing history, though, that doesn't mean we're not looking to the future. Looking ahead, we want to make Clarks more streamlined, better organised and more profitable. That's why we're now looking for a new Global Procurement Manager to bring their special skills to the finance team and make a real difference to the way we do business.
This role is a 7 month Fixed Term Contract - flexible location UK wide.
You're all about getting the best deal. Negotiating with suppliers all over the world and making strategic decisions on how and where we spend our budget. Ensuring that we're always working with dependable suppliers who offer the best value for money and are aligned with our corporate policies. Managing and maintaining great supplier relationships for the full term of the contract - from on boarding to termination - and keeping detailed records of every transaction.
As Global Procurement Manager, you'll make the myriad of processes and transactions within your department work as part of a single system, that runs smoothly, accurately and maximises visibility of purchased goods and services with accessible, reliable data. You won't be alone in your work, though. You'll team up with your line manager and the function lead to develop a major strategic spending roadmap covering the next 2-5 years. You'll also have the reciprocated support of your department - the procurement team you enrich and strengthen with the experience and knowledge you share with them. If you're looking for a Procurement Manager role that you can really put your stamp on - this is it.
A bit about you
Getting the best deal on the global stage requires a whole lot of talent and experience. You might have developed your skills whilst doing a degree or a CIPS course. You might have done it by working your way up in a procurement department. Whichever route you've taken, the end result is you're someone with amazing business instincts who can engage stakeholders and construct a coordinated procurement strategy that delivers amazing value for our organisation. You know where efficiencies can be made and you know how to get the best deals. That's why your spending strategies always inspire confidence.
You're also an amazing communicator who understands that not all business is done in a hard-nosed way. For you, it's about teamwork. Being someone who can develop mutually beneficial relationships within the team and, equally, with third-party suppliers. Because you understand that people skills and business skills aren't mutually exclusive. In fact, you're able to build such great relationships with others precisely because your business skills are so top-notch. You're always accurate, confident when presenting, and you can use data to gain some amazing insights. That's why you'll turn this opportunity into a real career high.
Clarks, based in Somerset, England, has been at the forefront of innovative shoemaking since its foundation in 1825, when brothers James and Cyrus Clark made a slipper from sheepskin off-cuts. At the time it was ground-breaking: a combination of invention and craftsmanship that has remained at the heart of what the brand does now. In the Clarks archive of more than 22,000 pairs are shoes that have sparked revolutions and defined generations. From the original Clarks Desert Boot, first designed by Nathan Clark and launched in 1950, to the iconic Wallabee, each design has an instantly recognisable signature that makes it unmistakably Clarks.
This season, we're proud to introduce the Clarks Collective: five incredible activists championing authentic social change. From mental health awareness and LGBTQ+ rights to greater racial equality, these trailblazers are committed to creating a brighter future for us all - bringing to life Clarks' new global campaign, For the World Ahead. Through spotlighting their stories and supporting their chosen charities and initiatives, we're ready to lead the way. After all, we're originators, not imitators. It's who we are, who we've always been. And to change the world of tomorrow, we're doing things differently today.
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Clarks International believes that the principle of equality of opportunity is fundamental to the company's operations. Our long held aim is to provide just and fair treatment for all employees. We will not discriminate on the grounds of sex, age, disability, marital status, colour, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender reassignment