Supply Chain Category Lead

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£30,000 to £40,000 per annum
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To support the Supply Chain team in the management of the category portfolios and manage the sustained delivery of optimum Supplier performance to Sodexo and the Clients agreed SLA’s.
To co-ordinate and own the overall Supply Chain governance model including monthly governance meetings and annual contract obligations audits for the supply chain.
To develop appropriate supplier and customer relationships in line with agreed strategy across categories and act as an escalation point for Supply Chain issues.
To support the Supply Chain team in managing contract and operational change.
Work with Supply Chain managers to maintain category risk and opportunity registers and updates to the supply chain management toolkit.

Job DescriptionAs part of our commitment to improving the quality of life for our employees, Sodexo offers a Flexible Benefits Scheme, allowing you to tailor a reward package to suit your needs but includes a technology scheme, private dental insurance, travel insurance, gym membership, Gourmet card, private medical insurance and the ability to purchase or sell annual leave. We also have a Sodexo Discount scheme, which offers employees and their friends and family the opportunity to benefit from over 1,200 discounts from top retailers both online and in-store.
Main Responsibilities

Within the supply chain management team, the Assistant Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for supporting all property and services and related changes associated with DWP’s supply chain contracts (as set out below)

Responsible for directing estimated £900m client spend over 4 years managed by the Supply Chain team
TFM – up to £300m client spend over 4 years – single supplier
Security – up to £300m client spend over 4 years – single supplier
Projects – Up to £600m over 4 years client spend – up to 30 suppliers
Lease & Landlord Management – Est. £20m supplier fee over 4 years, plus payment of rents and rates across estate of 900 properties – single supplier
80,000 Authority employees and contractors impacted by integrator
5-year contract
Integrator – providing management services to the Authority (largest public sector department)
Over 1.5m sqm NIA across the DWP estate
Leadership - build and maintain category expertise to enable strategic advice to the Client and Senior
Leadership Team to inform their Policy on the financial; risk; innovation aspects of the category across all functions.
Governance – to ensure governance protocols are always adhered to and the monthly supply chain governance meetings are documented.
Relationships - establish and develop excellent working relationship with the Client; Customers; Suppliers, internal functions and other relevant external bodies.
Risk Management – manage the Supply Chain risk log including monthly risk reporting.
Supply Chain Toolkit – own the overall Supply Chain tool-kit working with the Supply Chain team to maintain and update tools.
Change Management - support category and contract change processes.
Ownership of a specific Category
Ownership of administration of the governance process and reporting for the supply chain and oversight of their operational management
Co-ordinating the reporting of operational performance, commercial and risk management of the supply chain.
Identification and documentation of Continuous Improvement opportunities within the supply chain
Support the contract variation process including managing contract change logs
Ad hoc Project work as agreed by Line Management
Offering guidance and commercial support to ensure changes are managed in an effective manner
Authority supply chain contracts were written independently to one another, with differing contractual obligations and timescales and these need to be considered in management of the process as it requires the supply chain to act in unison to change the service delivery in a seamless manner.

The Ideal Candidate

Educated to Degree level or equivalent by experience
Supplier management experience
Demonstrable commercial acumen with a proven track record in supplier management
Knowledge and implementation of risk management strategies and processes
Demonstrable experience of managing change control projects end to end
Knowledge of supplier and customer relationship management tools and techniques
Strong IT skills with experience of the MS Office Suite


Degree, MBA or MSC in supply chain, procurement or business

About The CompanyIn the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity  disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation. 

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.


Contact Details:
Tel: 01276 687 000
Contact: James Tanswell

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