Supplier Manager - Technology

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 1343510980-2
  • Date Posted: 2 June 2024
  • Apprentice Employer: Reed Talent Solutions
  • Location: Warrington, Cheshire
  • Apprentice Pay: On Application
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Transport & Logistics, Commercial & QS, Driving, Energy and Utilities, Procurement & Supply Chain, Project Management
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent

About this Apprenticeship

About us

United Utilities (UU) is proud to be ranked in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. We value diversity, inclusion and innovation in our workplace, and we foster a culture where our people can grow, excel, and be themselves. Whether you work with a team that shares your vision or join a network of peers with similar interests, you will find a welcoming and supportive organisation to be part of and to belong to.

Our mission is to deliver high-quality water for a more prosperous, greener and healthier North West of England. We are committed to providing our services in a way that respects the environment, supports the economy, and benefits society. We uphold our ethics, values and business model to fulfil our mission and, by setting clear goals and objectives, we create sustainable long-term value for our colleagues, customers and communities.

Joining us

We've got a lot to offer. You'll join a thriving FTSE 100 company and will enjoy a range of core benefits that reflect your value and value contribution. These include:

  • A generous annual leave package of 26 days, which increases to 30 days after four years of service, in addition to 8 bank holidays
  • A competitive pension scheme with up to 14% employer contribution, 21% combined, and life cover
  • A 10.5% performance-related bonus scheme, as well as recognition awards for outstanding achievements
  • A comprehensive healthcare plan through our company-funded scheme

As part of our commercial team, you will benefit from a range of training and development programs, such as Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) professional membership/chartered status, leadership coaching, professional accreditation and mentoring.

The role

Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can utilise your procurement and supplier management experience? Are you a great problem solver with experience in large, complex organisations? If yes, then we have a brilliant opportunity for you at United Utilities (UU) as a Supplier Manager within our Technology team, working from our headquarters in Lingley Mere, Warrington, Cheshire (hybrid).

UU are experiencing a period of growth and transformation, creating several opportunities within our Commercial function to work alongside our largest and most ambitious new projects. As a Supplier Manager, you will take the lead in managing 10-15 complex, medium cost and business risk assessed strategic suppliers. You'll be responsible for ensuring seamless collaboration, management of suppliers and complex tenders, driving significant savings and benefits throughout the contract lifecycle.

In joining us, you will have full exposure to the organisation, our major projects and our largest industry partners. Stakeholder collaboration is vital for this role. You will therefore need to build strong working relationships, manage key internal and external stakeholders effectively and ensure a full business partnering model, whilst maximising value, collaborating with other experts and leading initiatives to tackle challenges unique to our industry, contributing to our success and helping us achieve our objectives.

We champion flexible ways of working. In-person attendance is required three days per week to promote the benefits of face-to-face collaboration, alongside flexibility of hours to support work-life balance. Initially, you may be expected to attend more frequently to familiarise yourselves with the site, the team, and your role.

United Utilities offer dynamic and long-lasting options that will help you grow professionally and personally and you will have the chance to enhance your skill, knowledge and experience in a supportive and collaborative environment. If you are passionate about making a positive difference for the North West of England and want to join us on our journey of transformation, we would love to hear from you. Apply now and become part of the UU family!

Key responsibilities

  • Supplier Management: Oversee 10 to 15 complex, multi-million pound suppliers, utilising Supplier Management Framework. Foster relationship development, develop joint account plans, monitor governance, and drive benefits and savings.
  • Team Collaboration: Work closely with Market Management, Sourcing teams, and other relevant stakeholders within the senior leadership team.
  • Value, Savings and Benefits Delivery: Continuously achieve significant savings and benefits throughout the contract lifecycle.Manage contract variations and resolve commercial disputes. Drive overall cost, risk, relationship, innovation, and performance value.
  • Supplier Collaboration and Innovation: Establish collaborative practices with preferred suppliers and stakeholders. Introduce supplier-enabled innovation for competitive advantage.

Skills & experienceTo be successful with your application, you'll need to show that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Degree-educated with a relevant post-graduate qualification (e.g., CIPS, RICS, MBA, MSC) OR equivalent knowledge/experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in procurement, including supplier management and collaboration.
  • Proficient in stakeholder management and knowledgeable about key supplier management processes, tools, and methodologies.
  • Skilled in negotiation, relationship development, and dispute resolution.
  • Problem-solving experience in large, complex organisations.
  • Familiarity with cross-functional collaboration.
  • Detail-oriented with a "completer finisher" mindset.
  • In-depth understanding of the Utilities market sector.
  • People and team management capabilities.
  • Full UK driving license.

We believe in empowering you to achieve your aspirations and dreams, both in your work and in your life. To help you achieve your goals, we offer a variety of voluntary benefits that you can select according to your needs and preferences.