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Zurich NA IT Supplier and Sourcing Specialist in Swindon, United Kingdom

IT Supplier and Sourcing Specialist


IT Supplier and Sourcing Specialist

(Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)

Location: Location: Swindon or Fareham with remote working

The opportunity:

You’ll work within the Sourcing Procurement and Supplier Management team and work across both areas:

Supplier Management – you’ll lead and monitor the relationship, ongoing performance and contractual commitments of our IT Suppliers. Adding value through your existing experience gained within an IT environment to contribute to the development of reporting, contracts, policies, and procedures, to ensure the delivery of business-aligned services.

You’ll manage some of our Strategic Tier-1 IT suppliers and contracts, brokering relationships that will require a holistic view, across multiple projects and multiple contracts. You’ll lead on supplier work order analysis, ensuring the terms are aligned with our strategy, sourcing policy and our supplier's commercial framework, ensuring we are obtaining the best value and heading in the appropriate direction. You will negotiate with stakeholders and suppliers where required.

You’ll be constantly and consistently looking at mitigating risk, cost management as well as stakeholder management - your chance to shine and demonstrate your passion for customer focus and continuous improvement.

Sourcing and Procurement – you’ll:

  • Be responsible for new and supplier onboarding and ongoing supplier due diligence and use of specific toolset (Synergi) and support business in the approval process for contracts (Docusign) and also for uploading new contracts into the repository (Coupa). Use of other e-procurement tools (e-auction, etc.) as required.

  • Negotiate and write IT procurement contracts for both new deals and renewals in all aspects of the category.

  • Provide ongoing advice and guidance and support to the business internally on all procurement matters and processes.

  • Run/support on, as required, various sourcing events (RFP, e-auction, one-to-one supplier negotiations) about key procurement projects (renewals, new license purchases, professional services engagements) specific to software.

  • Cost savings/financial targets – contribute to overall financial targets of sourcing and procurement via achieving cost savings in line with group savings methodology.

We need someone who is organised, proactive and comfortable not only working with people but also reflecting on interpersonal relationships, individual motivations and what constitutes effective communication. You’ll regularly draw down on your commercial and stakeholder management prowess. You will have a working knowledge of key e-procurement systems.

What are we looking for?

Chances are you have a broad range of experience gained in either a Sourcing environment, in something like procurement or contract management, with a high level of commercial acumen and delivery focus? You may have worked within a regulated environment and understand the intricacies of managing suppliers and contracts within the guidelines and frameworks laid out. BUT what matters is that you’re eager to learn and are highly motivated with a drive and ability to succeed at any given task. You’re at the stage of your career where you’re resilient and positive so if things don’t always go to plan, it won’t phase you! 

You organise like a pro, with a natural drive to analyse current practices and to plan and track projects. An absolute devil for the detail, you can brief others and balance priorities in a fluid, fast-paced environment.  You know how to work to smash incredibly tight deadlines and apply sharp attention to process, detail and quality. Last but not least, you’re a real team player that can flex your approach and know instinctively how to get the very best out of everyone!

It’ll come with great autonomy. But you won’t be alone. We have a great team within Sourcing Procurement and Supplier Management who you’ll be able to draw on for support.

This role is available part-time, job-share or full-time. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full-time. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you may need.

Your skills and experience:

  • Relevant professional IT qualifications (ITIL).

  • IT Procurement experience (min 3 years) preferred.

  • IT background preferred.

  • Experience in sourcing and managing contracts and 3rd party suppliers in a regulated environment is desirable.

  • Effective problem solver, ability to quickly assess technical escalations.

  • High level of commercial knowledge with sound business acumen, and the ability to assess and interpret contractual terms whilst aligning to the business objectives – essential.

  • Strong and effective Meeting Management skills are essential.

  • High level of communication influencing and negotiation skills, coupled with an ability to build relationships at all levels of the organisation.

  • Good interpersonal and networking skills, and highly articulate team player.

  • Strong delivery focus with an ability to help others get on board quickly with changing priorities.

What will you get in return?

As well as a competitive salary we also offer an excellent lifestyle benefits package which includes –

  • 12% pension

  • 25 days holiday plus an additional 3 volunteering days

  • Annual company bonuses

  • Contribution to medical cover

  • Discounted technology offers

  • Virtual GP appointments

  • Discounted gym membership,

  • Free flu jab

  • Discounted gadget insurance 

At Zurich, we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring. Many of our employees work flexibly in many ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you may need.

Who we are:

With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers, and employees. If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives, and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees - people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry. We, therefore, look to hire great people and we encourage those people to give their best.

You’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company. A long-standing player in the insurance industry, we make every effort to address the career development needs and plans of our employees to ensure their success in the future.

Further information:

At Zurich, we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. We want you to bring your whole self to work we have a diverse mix of customers, and we want our employee base to reflect that.

Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of protected characteristics.

With the above in mind, we accept applications from everyone regardless of your background, beliefs, or culture however we especially welcome applications from women, people from ethnic minorities, people with a disability and people who are LGBT+ as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

We are committed to continuous improvement and offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities. Zurich is passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity through the Zurich Community Trust.

So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, and Love what you do. Work for us. #LI-Hybrid

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