Skip to main content

This job has expired

Procurement Manager

Swindon, Wiltshire
Closing date
26 Dec 2023

View more

Retail, Senior Management
Full Time
Flexible working available
Contract Type

Job Details


Procurement Manager
Competitive salary + car allowance

The Role

At WHSmith our people are at the heart of everything we do. They are the ones that go the extra mile for our customers. The ones that enable our growth.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Procurement Manager to join our Group Procurement team at our Support Centre in Swindon.

The main purpose of a Procurement Manager is to provide category expertise to the business, working as part of the Group Procurement Indirect team (GNFR) Goods Not For Resale.

Reporting to a Senior Procurement Manager, you will promote Group Procurement, delivering high standards by effectively consulting, influencing internally and externally to implement and deliver effective procurement strategies optimising total value across the wider group.

What you will be doing
Rationalising and developing the supplier base
Planning and organising categories tactically and strategically to incorporate UK, European and International sourcing strategies
Optimising total value, liaising with stakeholders/ budget holders to ensure goals and targets fully understood and facilitated by effective procurement delivery
Managing the end-to-end tender process (RFI/RFP)
Supporting the regular contract review process, always challenging the status quo
Leading small and medium projects and contract negotiations
Supporting tender and negotiations for large and complex contracts
Supporting agile procurement of small capital items to tight deadlines
Delivering cost reduction, risk mitigation and control of annual category spend across WHS
Providing commercial, contractual and negotiation support to stakeholders throughout the business
Managing contractual relationships with suppliers during the contracting process

What we are looking for
CIPS qualification or at least 5 years prior experience in a procurement background with similar accountabilities
Indirect category experience preferable
Strong commercial acumen essential with strong influencing skills at all levels
Analysis and high level of attention to detail
Commercial contract and negotiation skills teamed with contract law and contract drafting experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to establish strong working relationships internally and externally at all levels of the business
Intermediate/Advanced level capability in using Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Teams
Ability to prioritise, work under pressure and operate to tight deadlines

How we reward our teams
Hybrid working model from home and in the office
Competitive salary plus car allowance
4pm Friday finish
Flexible Working
25 days holiday, plus your Birthday off, plus Bank Holidays with an opportunity to buy extra days holiday
Family friendly leave
Company pension scheme
Sharesave Scheme
Annual Bonus based on company and Personal Performance
Staff discount card for stores and online

About us

Celebrating 230 years, we’re proud to have grown and evolved into a globally recognised brand present in over 30 countries around the world, and we’re proud to be that air of familiarity people love and trust on their journey, both in life and through life. As a diverse group of over 12,000 colleagues, we are all on the same journey to a better business through our commitments to our planet, people and the communities we serve.

WHSmith have occupied our place as the Hub of the High Street and in our customers’ hearts since 1792. Across our diverse estate of c.525 stores on UK high streets, with our wide-ranging store sizes and formats, we sell a large range of products including stationery, greeting cards, art and craft, newspapers, magazines, books and drinks. We are an ambitious team that thrives on pace, collaboration and innovation resulting in a real entrepreneurial culture.

WHSmith are proud to be an inclusive employer, we want our colleagues to feel welcome, and free to be themselves with us.


WHSmith started in 1792 with a small news vendor in Little Grosvenor Street, London, followed by the opening of our first bookstall in Euston Station in 1848. We quickly established ourselves as the favoured newsagent, stationers and bookseller opening stores across the UK. From this point on, there has been no looking back.

View our Top Employer page.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert