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Purchasing Manager (16479)


United Utilities
Salary: Competitive
Location: Warrington
Job type: Permanent
Category: Management Jobs
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Purchasing Manager (16479)

Job ID: 16479

Location: Warrington, UK

Salary: Competitive

Working Hours: 37.00 per week

Job Purpose

To lead a small team that utilise business process expertise and SAP functional knowledge in order to deliver a best practice transactional procurement service, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures and driving continuous improvement on behalf of the business operations and vendors.

Job Accountabilities

* Lead and support the business through best practice procurement processes through identification and collaboration to deliver adherence to policy and procedures.

* To investigate, recommend and implement improvements to working practices that result in reduction in non-compliance to process and increase in invoices paid on time.

* Support and advise the business in all transactional procurement processes including, shopping carts, goods receipts/returns, invoice queries, engineering certificates, down payments etc.

* To work with category teams to develop and implement process that improve paid on time.

* Work in partnership with business operations and IT support teams highlighting where improvements can be made.

* Represent the team in the development and implementation of new IT technology and systems to secure the continuing provision of services and process simplification.

* Represent the Purchasing team on inter-departmental and cross functional project teams to support the Commercial representative.

* Represent the team at business meetings to provide solutions to non-compliance and vendor payment issues.

* Establish and maintain strong working relationships with category and commercial teams in supply chain, operations teams, IT support teams and third party organisations.

* To ensure appropriate safeguards and controls are in place to protect the integrity of master data including vendor master records and minimise risk of fraudulent or erroneous payments.

* Control the integrity and consistency of data across the SAP landscape, to encourage compliance and reduce the risk of fraudulent payments.

* To be a point of contact and provide information, data and evidence for internal and external audit of Purchasing practices and processes.

* Lead the Purchasing team in the creation of business and team user guides, training packs, guidance notes, e-learning packages and training sessions to ensure quality and compliance to Purchasing processes and procedures.

* Support, define and provide Purchasing data for the creation of commercial and procurement reporting. Inclusive of the creation and maintenance of data required for all purchasing systems and processes to ensure accuracy and consistency

* Be the commercial / procurement knowledge owner / lead for payment systems inclusive of SAP, MDM and D.Cal.

Knowledge and Skills

* Demonstrate a sound understanding of end to end procurement and payment processes including integration with Finance, HR and front office.

* Ability to identify and manage complex problem resolution with regard to the end to end procurement process.

* Sound and comprehensive communication skills both written and verbal in order to convey complex information in a style appropriate for the audience.

* Lean process problem / root cause analysis skills.

* Working knowledge of SAP processes, roles and responsibilities.

* Working knowledge of SAP functionality across the procurement processes and the integration with other functions and processes.

* Demonstrates personal credibility to influence and guide business operations teams and leaders as a trusted advisor.

* Demonstrable experience in the management of VAT, Tax, Supply Chain Finance, Supply Governance, Systems Controls and equivalent issues in the management of supply chain payments.

* Excellent influencing skills.

* Excellent team management and communication skills.
* Manage a team with conflicting priorities.

Desirable Criteria

* Strong business knowledge of organisation or similar industry.
* Understanding of wider supply chain management issues and their importance, such as supplier standards, supplier relationship management and procurement legislation.
* Experience of change management processes and the delivery of change.
* Demonstrable experience in the delivery of process improvement and business practice change management.
* Demonstrable experience in the modification of supplier payment terms.
* Demonstrable experience in the transformation of payment practices, either in terms of efficiency or governance.

Additional Information

The role reports to the Head of Regulatory Procurement, Supply Chain and Purchasing. The role works closely with associated commercial roles inclusive of the Policy & Governance Manager, Category Managers and Commercial Managers. The wider team has over 15 staff members and key stakeholders include finance (VAT+Tax), governance & controls and internal scheduling teams. The role holder is expected to take the lead on Purchasing performance and determine a best in class approach towards supplier payments and payment practices in general.

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Closing Date: 14/05/21

Disability Confident
Purchasing Manager (16479)

Job ID: 16479

Location: Warrington, UK

Salary: Competitive

Working Hours: 37.00 per week

Job Purpose

To lead a small team that utilise business process expertise and SAP functional knowledge in order to deliver a best practice transactional procurement service, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures and driving continuous improvement on behalf of the business operations and vendors.

Job Accountabilities

* Lead and support the business through best practice procurement processes through identification and collaboration to deliver adherence to policy and procedures.

* To investigate, recommend and implement improvements to working practices that result in reduction in non-compliance to process and increase in invoices paid on time.

* Support and advise the business in all transactional procurement processes including, shopping carts, goods receipts/returns, invoice queries, engineering certificates, down payments etc.

* To work with category teams to develop and implement process that improve paid on time.

* Work in partnership with business operations and IT support teams highlighting where improvements can be made.

* Represent the team in the development and implementation of new IT technology and systems to secure the continuing provision of services and process simplification.

* Represent the Purchasing team on inter-departmental and cross functional project teams to support the Commercial representative.

* Represent the team at business meetings to provide solutions to non-compliance and vendor payment issues.

* Establish and maintain strong working relationships with category and commercial teams in supply chain, operations teams, IT support teams and third party organisations.

* To ensure appropriate safeguards and controls are in place to protect the integrity of master data including vendor master records and minimise risk of fraudulent or erroneous payments.

* Control the integrity and consistency of data across the SAP landscape, to encourage compliance and reduce the risk of fraudulent payments.

* To be a point of contact and provide information, data and evidence for internal and external audit of Purchasing practices and processes.

* Lead the Purchasing team in the creation of business and team user guides, training packs, guidance notes, e-learning packages and training sessions to ensure quality and compliance to Purchasing processes and procedures.

* Support, define and provide Purchasing data for the creation of commercial and procurement reporting. Inclusive of the creation and maintenance of data required for all purchasing systems and processes to ensure accuracy and consistency

* Be the commercial / procurement knowledge owner / lead for payment systems inclusive of SAP, MDM and D.Cal.

Knowledge and Skills

* Demonstrate a sound understanding of end to end procurement and payment processes including integration with Finance, HR and front office.

* Ability to identify and manage complex problem resolution with regard to the end to end procurement process.

* Sound and comprehensive communication skills both written and verbal in order to convey complex information in a style appropriate for the audience.

* Lean process problem / root cause analysis skills.

* Working knowledge of SAP processes, roles and responsibilities.

* Working knowledge of SAP functionality across the procurement processes and the integration with other functions and processes.

* Demonstrates personal credibility to influence and guide business operations teams and leaders as a trusted advisor.

* Demonstrable experience in the management of VAT, Tax, Supply Chain Finance, Supply Governance, Systems Controls and equivalent issues in the management of supply chain payments.

* Excellent influencing skills.

* Excellent team management and communication skills.
* Manage a team with conflicting priorities.

Desirable Criteria

* Strong business knowledge of organisation or similar industry.
* Understanding of wider supply chain management issues and their importance, such as supplier standards, supplier relationship management and procurement legislation.
* Experience of change management processes and the delivery of change.
* Demonstrable experience in the delivery of process improvement and business practice change management.
* Demonstrable experience in the modification of supplier payment terms.
* Demonstrable experience in the transformation of payment practices, either in terms of efficiency or governance.

Additional Information

The role reports to the Head of Regulatory Procurement, Supply Chain and Purchasing. The role works closely with associated commercial roles inclusive of the Policy & Governance Manager, Category Managers and Commercial Managers. The wider team has over 15 staff members and key stakeholders include finance (VAT+Tax), governance & controls and internal scheduling teams. The role holder is expected to take the lead on Purchasing performance and determine a best in class approach towards supplier payments and payment practices in general.

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Closing Date: 14/05/21

Disability Confident
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