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Director of Procurement and Supplier Management (3981)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Your Role and What You'll Be Doing

Please note this a 6 month FTC


  • Implement, and support a business wide procurement and supplier management strategy, helping to translate business goals into actionable procurement targets.
  • Manage and provide business ownership across the IM Group for policies, processes, frameworks, and systems to effectively manage third party spend, reduce supplier risk, and drive supplier performance across the supply chain.
  • Lead optimisation of supplier relationships, fostering strategic partnerships and drive continuous improvement in supplier performance, quality, and cost effectiveness, and oversee strategic sourcing projects.
  • Work closely with In-House Legal and Finance Teams to ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations and contractual obligations in procurement and supplier management activities.
  • Accountable for delivering against responsible business targets driven by Group, delivering value, and ensuring that IM achieves its ambition of being a leading responsible business through collaboration with suppliers.
  • Responsible for sourcing and implementing a procure to pay solution for the IM Group driving efficiency, improving oversight and control, and reducing risk.
  • Establish KPI’s and metrics to measure and monitor procurement and supplier management performance, providing actionable insights and driving continuous improvement.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and process improvement within procurement and supplier management, leveraging technology, automation, and best practices to drive efficiency and enhance client experience.
  • Work closely with the Head of Responsible Business to develop and execute supplier diversity programmes, drive sustainability initiatives in procurement and supplier management by promoting environmentally friendly practices, ethical sourcing and responsible supply chain management which support and augment our Responsible Business Strategy.
  • Stay up to date on industry trends and provide insights and recommendations to senior leadership on how to leverage these trends for competitive advantage.
  • Work closely with senior leaders and key decision-makers, to identify opportunities to apply external best practices and new ideas to the Group’s procurement and supplier management activity.
About You
  • Proven experience leading procurement and supplier management activities, driving excellence in procurement practices and optimising supplier relationships within a complex large organisation.
  • Track record of developing and implementing strategic procurement plans aligned to organisational objectives and creating efficiencies.
  • Excellent knowledge of procurement best practice, processes, and procedures; including sourcing, negotiation, contract management and supplier relationship management.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and interpretation to identify trends, evaluate supplier performance and make informed decisions to optimise procurement processes.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of procurement strategies, processes, and frameworks to drive efficiency and value creation.
  • Significant experience of successful contract negotiation, including property negotiation, and management principles, including regulatory and legal compliance requirements.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment and mitigation strategies in procurement, including identifying and managing risks associated with suppliers and contracts.
  • Awareness of market dynamics, industry trends and emerging technologies impacting procurement and supplier management practices.
Our Benefits - What We Can Offer You
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.


Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, S3 8DT

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  • Sub-Department:
    IM LLP
  • Sub-Division:
    IM LLP
  • Company:
    IM LLP
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
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    Flexible, Sheffield
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