Procurement Director, Telecoms, Central London, £90-110k

Central London,



Global IT/Telecommunications firm is looking for an experienced Procurement Director to join its Central London based EMEA head office.

Reporting to the CFO the successful candidate will oversee a team of c.18, with 6 direct reports.


  • Builds strong relationships with both internal and external customers and vendors.
  • Coordinates and communicates company requirements across multiple business units.
  • Delivers against corporate initiatives related to cost reduction, cost avoidance, and supplier rationalisation.
  • Provides thought leadership, continually identifies and implements new opportunities for cost savings, cost avoidance and proactively tracks progress towards these objectives.
  • Prepares and presents business cases, return on investment models, and change management programs to stakeholders and senior management.
  • Implements and measures cost savings, reduction, and avoidance programs and strategies.
  • Continually refines these programs to deliver optimal results for the company.
  • Continually benchmarks practices against best in class programs in order to effectively translate the analysis into action.
  • Sets complex category strategies and manages high visibility negotiations to achieve cost savings goals and objectives.
  • Leads negotiation and purchasing of capitalised and operating/service expenses.
  • Sets strategy and leads the development, implementation, and management of corporate policies, processes, compliance programs, diversity programs, procurement systems, and metrics reporting.
  • Lead the Real Estate team to drive regional Real Estate Strategy including site consolidations (overseeing facilities management, lease negotiations etc for a large portfolio of facilities across EMEA)
  • Sets supply chain strategy and leads the development of logistics and warehouse operations and processes against best-in-class programs in order to effectively translate analysis into action.
  • Implements value-driven procurement programs that achieve internal savings targets and deliver enterprise wide process improvement.
  • Continually addresses and resolves organisational barriers with agile decision making and outstanding communication of risk versus reward.
  • Provide thought leadership and the ability to execute on global and regional programs.
  • Demonstrates Company’s values, maintains a positive open demeanour, encourages different points of view, moves team forward through change; provides timely information; communicates context for business decisions; recognises accomplishments; fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Candidate requirements:

  • Strong experience of leading a large Procurement function
  • Experience of managing a high number of staff members, including experience of managing managers
  • Telecommunications / Technology / IT industry experience would be an advantage but is not essential, but candidates must have experience from large, matrix, preferably global organisations
  • Must be able to demonstrate experience of adding value, cost saving, and affecting change within evolving business models
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills, including business partnering, negotiation and stakeholder management experience
  • Must have excellent IT skills, especially MS Excel