Job Description

European Procurement Practice Lead, Logistics

Location: London

Salary: up to £85k depending on experience plus exceptional benefits

Career Level:  6 Senior Manager

 

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. With our thought leadership and culture of innovation, we apply industry expertise, diverse skill sets and next-generation technology to each business challenge.

 

We believe in inclusion and diversity and supporting the whole person. Our core values comprise of Stewardship, Best People, Client Value Creation, One Global Network, Respect for the Individual and Integrity. Year after year, Accenture is recognized worldwide not just for business performance but for inclusion and diversity too.

 

“Across the globe, one thing is universally true of the people of Accenture: We care deeply about what we do and the impact we have with our clients and with the communities in which we work and live. It is personal to all of us.” – Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO

 

As a team:

 

Business Process Services professionals work on projects across a range of business processes, business applications and information technology.  They may provide technology services, such as application management, infrastructure management and systems integration, or they may deliver business process services, including finance and accounting, procurement and human resources. Depending on the role, Business Process Services professionals may be based at a client’s office or in one of Accenture’s 50 delivery centres around the world.

 

You'll learn, grow and advance in an innovative culture that thrives on shared success, diverse ways of thinking and enables boundaryless opportunities that can drive your career in new and exciting ways

 

If you’re looking for a challenging career working in a vibrant environment with access to training and a global network of experts, this could be the role for you. As part of our global team, you'll be working with cutting-edge technologies and will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of new skills on the job. 

 

 

As a Procurement Practice Lead, you will:

Accenture is seeking a Procurement Practice Lead for our Logistics Procurement solutions team in Europe. This position is specifically focused on sourcing and category knowledge in the following areas of spend and will have accountability and focus on the growth and execution of this specific procurement practice area:

Domestic / International Transportation

Results for The Practice’s clients are achieved by advising clients on requirements and best practices, providing strategic sourcing, negotiating agreements via value-based relationships and working to continuously improve the economic performance of their asset base. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
 

Category Leadership

  • Define strategy / products / deliverables and value proposition for relevant individual practice areas
  • Design and implement cost savings programs across multiple sub-categories and the global Accenture Operations Procurement customer base.
  • Build teams with world class category expertise and talent.
  • Drive deep market intelligence into all aspects of the value proposition and delivery process that demonstrate innovation and drive efficiency and effectiveness of delivery operations.
  • Engage with customers’ senior management team members to drive and communicate progress and to enhance relationships between function and procurement.

 

Regional Delivery Leadership

  • Manage the execution of all deliverables for all Accenture Operations Procurement customers in relevant practice.  Ensure deliverables are met or exceeded and that clients of relevant category practices are retained and grown.
  • Lead category advisory delivery team members to achieve target savings results and customer satisfaction

 

Business Development

  • Engage directly in sales cycles with key prospects/customers and internal sales capture channels.  Provide solution subject matter expertise and delivery capability credibility.  Drive “share of wallet” towards relevant practices.
  • Oversee new opportunity due diligence to ensure appropriate savings targets are set
  • Review proposed solutions to ensure staffing and approaches are adequate to meet savings targets.  Identify risks and mitigations to pursuit team.

 

Capability Growth

  • Define the practice / category strategy, products, value proposition and deliverables.
  • Drive innovation in both cost to serve and effectiveness through use of technology, analytics, process improvement and organizational structures/delivery model.
  • Coach and develop team members in their performance and professional development.
  • Further advance program and senior customer relationship management skills
  • Grow category knowledge to expert levels, creating growth opportunities for team and company

 

In this role, you will have the opportunity to become a true value creator by:

  • Supporting revenue, sales, and new customer growth through effective sales support
  • Minimizing/eliminating headwinds and client turnover/attrition issues
  • Supporting/leading efforts to increase category capability


Qualifications

We are looking for experience in the following skills:

 

Experience in consulting and/or sourcing/procurement/supply chain management function

Strategic sourcing, category management, and/or professional industry experience related to multiple Logistics sub-category areas – Over-the-Road, Ocean Freight, Small Parcel, Air Freight/Freight Forwarding, 3PL/Warehousing, and Fleet Management

Building and managing a team/s

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated expertise on historical and current market trends, view of supplier landscape, effective sourcing strategies, and best practice pricing rate structure/commercial contractual terms for the identified categories listed above.

Proficiency in spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and presentation software (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint

Strong knowledge of outsourcing processes and methodologies – BPO, ITO, AO expertise highly valued

Gravitas while working with VP and C-level stakeholders

Strong leadership skills – proven ability to attract, build, mentor and direct a high-performing cohesive team

Demonstrated track record growing revenue and building businesses

Client facing consulting experience with business development accountabilities desired

Acumen in new product/capability development

Proven track record of success in identifying and addressing client needs

Established work experience in client-facing engagement delivery, practice development and thought leadership

Formal training and/or experience in strategic sourcing, lean supply chain management, and risk reduction methodologies (financial and operational)

Solid multi-phase project management skills

Proficiency in the use of spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and presentation software (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint)

Superior written and verbal communication skills

 

Professional Skills:

 

Ability to interface with customers and suppliers via strong written and verbal communications skills

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Strong strategic influencing skills

Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a wide range of suppliers

Ability to drive transformational change

Excellent organization/time management and problem solving skills

Strong ability to effectively manage in a matrix organizational structure working with multiple internal clients

Ability to adapt to the varied corporate cultures and organizational structures of our customers

 

 

Travel Requirements:

Willingness to travel up to 40% within Europe

 

 

What’s in it for you?

 

At Accenture in addition to a competitive basic salary, you will also have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days’ vacation per year, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

 

Flexibility and mobility are required to deliver this role as there will be requirements to spend time onsite with our clients and partners to enable delivery of the first-class services we are known for.

 

 

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries — powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. With 509,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture brings continuous innovation to help clients improve their performance and create lasting value across their enterprises. Visit us at www.accenture.com

Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or any other basis as protected by applicable law.

 

Closing Date for Applications 31/05/2021

Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.

 

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected applicable law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

COVID-19 update:  The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until travel restrictions change, interviews will continue to be conducted virtually. 

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