Job Description

Role: Procurement Marketing Buyer Lead

Location: UK

Salary: Competitive Salary and Package (dependent on experience)

Career Level: Associate 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.

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As a team:

Procurement Plus is responsible for buying and enabling the supply chain Accenture needs to provide its market leading offer to clients, we partner with our business stakeholders to enable their visions which range from creation of cost competitive market offerings to innovative supplier partnerships.  You'll work on innovative projects with colleagues to drive collaboration from strategy through to implementation using the latest technologies.

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.

Our marketing function are responsible for delivering insights, programs and experiences that grow our business and create value for Accenture and our clients

The procurement buyer lead is responsible for ensuring we have the right supply chain to deliver the goods and services to enable the marketing vision and priorities.  This involves working closely with stakeholders to understand requirements, leading sourcing and contracting exercises in the market to identify new suppliers and the supplier management of our existing partners

Key responsibilities would include:

Category Strategy

  • Input to and support the implementation of the global & regional marketing category strategy
  • Work with local business stakeholders to understand local business requirements
  • Lead the implementation of the global strategy in the UK&I market unit
  • Ensure Category Management team is informed of local category strategy and targets

Sourcing & Contracting

  • Lead sourcing exercises including RFIs and RFPs in the UK&I market unit to deliver the category strategy and market unit objectives
  • Provide support in upfront market research and supplier identification for all sourcing projects
  • Facilitate the roll-out of global/regional/local sourcing initiatives within the UK&I market
  • Perform supplier selection for UK&I projects and negotiate commercial proposal with suppliers
  • Responsible for working with suppliers and legal to implement contracts aligned to the above exercises and market unit objectives
  • Ensure that all exercises are aligned to Accenture governance and procurement policy

Supplier Management:

  • Build trusted partnerships with our supplier panel to deliver our strategy and market unit objectives
  • Manage KPI reporting of supplier performance, and identify opportunities for data to improve the delivery of our category strategy
  • Ensure suppliers are delivering services and performing obligations in line with contractual requirements

Stakeholder Management

  • Work closely with the global category management team to ensure the UK&I strategy is delivering in line with global principles for the market unit
  • Business partner with the UK&I marketing team being a trusted advisor and supporting them achieve their objectives
  • Ensure communication flows between the relevant functions at a local and global level that are involved in delivering marketing strategy
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We are looking for experience in the following skills:

  • Proven knowledge of Procurement methodology and sourcing execution
  • Experience buying in the marketing category and sub categories
  • Strong analytical, presentation, communication (written & oral), interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills
  • 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
  • Strong stakeholder management, relationship building and communication skills aligned to a proactive customer-focused approach
  • Forward and solution minded, team player and with high degree of self-management
  • Comfortable working in a matrix type organisation

Set yourself apart:

  • Proven experience in interacting with stakeholders and building trusted relationships across the organisation
  • Ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment in an inclusive and diverse workforce
  • Experience in a matrix organisation dealing with multiple and knowledge of shared services operating models
  • Ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Recognised leader and developer of people working in diverse team environments

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 global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 569,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at

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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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