Contracts Specialist

Competitive Salary & Benefits
22 May 2017
21 Jun 2017
Martina Hayden
The Opportunity
An opportunity has arisen for a contracts professional to join the newly formed indirect procurement team.  Working in an international context, the successful candidate will bring their experience and knowledge to create and negotiate effective contracts across a varied and interesting portfolio. 
The successful candidate will drive improvements in the company’s indirect procurement contracting strategy and operations, working with a highly motivated and professional procurement and legal team.
The Role
The Contracts Specialist will be responsible for providing contractual expertise to the UK indirects team to ensure that the company has appropriate and robust contracts in place.  The indirect team covers a wide range of goods and services – providing stimulating challenges particularly in the facilities / building; HR and IM domains where new contract models are emerging. Specific elements of the role will cover :
  • Provide contractual expertise and support for the drafting of the contracts, agreements, and  amendments to the indirect team in the UK;
  • Support and provide senior expertise in negotiation, claim management and the performance of contracts and orders;
  • Ensure overview and coordination with peers in the other NatCOs, searching for synergies and contractual consistency between contracts across NATCOs whilst taking into account national law specificities as well as procurement categories specificities;
  • Ensure and spread lessons learnt and best practices in close collaboration with the indirect procurement management team across the indirects procurement organisation; and
  • Working with the management team, identify and organize training and awareness sessions to raise the capability of the indirect team.
What’s in it for you?
  • The role provides an excellent opportunity to join a growing company, working in a challenging environment;
  • This new position provides an opportunity for a suitable candidate to develop the role of subject matter expert working across both the UK and with colleagues across the group;  
  • The position will involve working internationally both with internal stakeholders (internal customers, procurement colleagues, legal advisors) and with key suppliers; and
  • Chance to create new contract and agreement models, developing both commercial and contract skills
What’s great about the team?
  • The indirects team in the UK is knowledgeable and enthusiastic placing great value on sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas;
  • The indirects team in the UK covers a very broad range of topics, with a wide range of contracts ranging from short turnaround low value to strategically important service contacts.
  • The team works with a wide range of stakeholders, based both in the UK and in the rest of the group, including the small UK legal team.
  • The team successfully delivers the service levels and the cost optimisation required by the business within a supportive environment where team spirit is highly valued
What are we looking for?
  • Contracts professional with significant experience and capability in putting together complex contracts;
  • Skilled negotiator, ideally with experience of working internationally
  • Good communicator who is quickly able to establish their credibility
  • Educated either to degree level or with an equivalent professional qualification
  • The individual will be able to communicate clearly and simply; have an open mindset; and be willing to work flexibly in a small team                   
What would you get?
  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
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