Job Description

Role: External Talent Procurement Category Manager, UK & Ireland

Location: London

Career level: 7

Salary: Excellent salary and benefits package dependent on experience

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:

Accenture have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Procurement Category Manager to join our UK & Ireland (UK&I) Procurement internal team.

The External Talent Category is the one of the biggest and most critical areas for Accenture to deliver corporate objectives within the UK & Ireland market. This role will play a lead role in ensuring we deliver our external talent requirements for our client projects.

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. 

In our team you will:

External Talent Management (ETM) focuses on all Talent Accenture source, incl. Permanent Recruiting (all levels), Flex/Contractor/Temps, SoW/Services, Gig/Freelancers, Luminaries & HTD/Academy Models.

Category Strategy & Deployment:

  • Create and implement UK&I External Talent Category strategies to continuously drive improvement and value for the Accenture business
  • Ensure UK&I alignment to Global External Talent Category strategies
  • Understand and deploy category best practice, as well as knowledge sharing with other European External Talent Category Managers
  • Utilise and continuously develop industry knowledge in relation to the External Talent category, to allow for effective discussions, stakeholder management and negotiations with key business stakeholders/suppliers
  • Support improvements of Global and UK&I processes, templates, and tools

People Management:

  • Work with relevant Sourcing & Contracting team members to ensure UK&I wide projects are delivered to a high standard, driving best practice Procurement
  • Supervise assigned team members (on-shore & off-shore) 
  • Provide support and guidance to Sourcing and Contracting team members on:
    - Sourcing & Project management
    - Contracting, Contract management and Supplier relationship management (SRM)
    - Prioritisation of projects and team roles and responsibilities
    - Being the day-to-day escalation point

Stakeholder Management:

  • Manage UK&I senior stakeholder relationships (e.g., Client Account Leads, Managing Director’s, Senior Managing Director’s +)
  • Utilise feedback and focus on finding/creating solutions for senior leaders
  • Provide an escalation point for sourcing challenges
  • Liaise with multiple departments (Procurement, Legal, Tax, Operations), uncovering opportunities to continuously improve, as well as solving day-to-day challenges 

Supplier Management:

  • Promote greater use of Global and/or European strategic suppliers
  • Manage local supplier relationships in line with Global Category and 360 Value Management strategy
  • Track and review KPIs, while taking appropriate action when required


  • Ensure the highest level of compliance with local legislation, regulations, and Accenture policies
  • Focus on business adherence to processes as well as identifying and implementing process improvements 


  • Identify opportunities and continuous improvements for MI to support the overall delivery of our External Talent objectives
  • Maintain and improve upon the monthly reporting for the UK&I External Talent Category

Key Relationships:

  • UK&I Head of Procurement (P+ Lead)
  • European External Talent Lead (Operations) & European External Talent Lead (Strategy)
  • Contractor Exchange (CX) Lead & Team (Internal MSP)
  • Local Business Stakeholders
  • Internal functions (e.g., Legal, Finance, etc.)


We are looking for experience in the following skills:

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Strong project management skills with a proven track record of delivering benefit and value
  • Adaptable and comfortable working with ambiguity and change
  • 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 prioritise tasks appropriately
  • Comfortable navigating in a multicultural and broad environment and with all levels of the organization
  • Comfortable working in a large, matrix type organisation

Required Experience & Education:

  • Extensive Procurement Experience
  • Degree with emphasis on the areas of business, economics, procurement, or comparable professional education
  • Experience managing the External Talent Category (or similar categories)
  • Experience of Recruitment or Contractor/Freelancer market
  • People management experience
  • Experience building and maintaining strong business relationships with key, senior stakeholders across a large enterprise

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

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.

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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