Job Description

UK & Ireland Workplace Flexible Workforce Lead, Sourcing & Contracting
Location: UK
Salary: Competitive Salary and Package (dependent on experience)
Career Level: 8 Associate Manager

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As a team:

Within the United Kingdom & Ireland (UKI) Procurement Plus organization delivering for Accenture internal client, the UKI Flexible workforce Sourcing & Contracting category lead will be leading sourcing and contract management activities for flexible workforce in the UK and Ireland.

The flexible workforce category is the one of the biggest and most critical areas for Accenture to deliver corporate objectives in the UKI market unit and this role will play an integral role in ensuring we deliver our labour requirements for our client projects.

Your role includes the key responsibilities below:

Category Strategy & plan:
Support implementation of the Global & Regional Flexible Workforce Category strategy for UKI local projects and initiatives
Work with Category Management on work planning and category governance
Deliver sourcing & contracting projects
Manage local supplier relationship and performance monitoring in line with Global principals
Manage local category specific stakeholder relationships (e.g. Client Account Leads, Managing Director’s)
Manage Flex Projects in Radix-X system
Ensure compliance process execution
Work in alignment with global/regional Procurement + and category goals for Flexible Workforce
Actively participate in category community calls and foster team spirit at local level

People management
Supervise assigned team members (on-shore & near-shore)

Contract management:
Negotiate and deploy Accenture contracts to suppliers, including best practices metrics & SLA, in collaboration with Legal department
Lead supplier management programme for suppliers delivering services ensuring KPIs and metrics are achieved
Ensure implementation Local Country Addendum of global/regional agreements
Ensure compliance with local legislation and Accenture internal policies
Manage supplier’s contract signature by both parties
Store suppliers signed contracts into contracts repository & archiving tools

Identify opportunities for MI to support the overall delivery of our flexible workforce objectives
Maintain the established Monthly reporting for the UKI Flex workforce Category

Sourcing management:
Support roll-out of global/regional sourcing initiatives within the UKI
Leverage the standard Sourcing methodology to achieve significant value in sourcing, negotiation and contracting
Provide support in upfront market research and supplier identification for all sourcing projects
Draw up technical specifications for local sourcing projects based on stakeholders’ requirements
Design and develop relevant RFP documents for projects in line with global/regional strategies; when applicable, use e-sourcing & e-auctions tools
Perform supplier selection and negotiate commercial proposal with suppliers
Prepare a recommendation report for stakeholders as a decision tool to help them selecting supplier(s)
Award supplier(s)

Buying process:
Promote usage of negotiated contracts and monitor adoption rate to it
Maintain preferred suppliers list

Stakeholders management
Manage internal stakeholders’ feedback on category organization & supplier performance
Liaise with multiple departments (Category, Procurement, Legal, Operations) to ensure communication paths remain open
Provide an escalation point for sourcing challenges

Supplier management
Promote greater use of Global or Regional Strategic Providers
Manage local supplier relationships in line with Global Category and 360 Value Mgmt. strategy

Deploy & adhere to global procurement process
When applicable, support development of global end to end procurement process, templates and tools
Modify the process, as required, to meet unique regional category specific requirements
Ensure the highest level of compliance with local legislations, regulations and Accenture policies with the support of the Procurement Plus Risk team
Review KPI related to the categories (PSL usage, Contract compliance, …) and take the proper actions

Key Relationships:

UKI Flex category manager
UKI P+ Lead
Regional Flex Workforce Lead
Contractor Exchange (CX) Team – UK, Ireland and Indian based.
Local Business Stakeholders
Internal functions (e.g. Legal, Finance, etc.)

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Key Skills
Ability to understand and communicate UKI requirements (market, process, relationships)
Strong stakeholder management skills
Comfortable working in a matrix type organisation
Adaptable and comfortable working with ambiguity
Proven knowledge of Procurement methodology and sourcing execution
Strong analytical, presentation, communication (written & oral), interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills
Strong relationship management skills and a proactive customer-focused approach
Forward and solution minded, team player and with high degree of self-management
Ability to manage multiple projects, adopt a flexible approach and prioritize tasks appropriately
Comfortable navigating in a multicultural and broad environment and with all levels of the organization
Fluent in English
Experience of people management and leading teams
Experience of Recruitment or Contractor/Freelancer market

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 25 days’ vacation per year, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

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
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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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