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Senior Procurement Category Manager - Supply Chain & Logistics

Ted Baker
Competitive plus benefits
Closing date
2 Aug 2021
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Senior Procurement Category Manager - Supply Chain & Logistics

Ted’s Guide to what the Senior Procurement Category Manager does around here…

Ted’s Mission Statement

Our Mission is to build a successful company through the creation of a leading designer brand. By conducting ourselves in an efficient and courteous manner and by maintaining Ted’s high standards and integrity, we pride ourselves in always being in a position to satisfy the needs of our customer. In order to protect the ethos and persona for which we have gained an enviable reputation, we always ask ourselves the question: ‘Would Ted do it that way?’**

Where does this role fit within Ted's Team?

Procurement in Ted is still in infancy, proving its value in a challenging sector, stakeholder community & a culture where creative endeavour has trumped commerciality historically.

This is an excellent Greenfield Procurement opportunity, where tactical & strategic procurement is required in equal measures, building stakeholder confidence, proving financial value, managing risk & measuring service. Excitingly the business is embarking on a 3-year supply chain and logistics transformation programme, so this is a real opportunity to join at the beginning of the journey.

We are looking for a Senior Procurement Category Manager – Supply Chain & Logistics to promote Teds business objectives and strategy and help to build a function that is credible, focussed and agile. Working with the Head of Procurement to shape the vision and strategy within Ted baker will be an exciting journey

Main responsibilities

•       Assist Ted on a Supply Chain & Logistics Transformation Programme, Developing and Implementing Category sourcing strategies which deliver superior value to Ted

•       Assist the Head of Procurement to establish the Procurement function at Ted, and educate the business on the value of procurement; developing tools, templates, processes & systems to support the 3-year plan

•       Provide expert commercial knowledge and guidance to the business in all matters related to Shipping and Freight Solutions, Warehouse Location and optimisation, Carrier Solutions; developing insights and analysis to support business decisions

•       Deliver whole life cost efficiencies, cost to serve, and benchmark & track ROI to ensure the most efficient Value delivery and good practice

•       Lead Contract Negotiations, working collaboratively with functional, legal and finance stakeholders

•       Own and Build key stakeholder relationships, managing friction & alignment across the business; in addition to managing external supplier relationships

•       Lead and manage cross functional project teams whilst also collaborating, mentoring and supporting junior procurement team members as necessary

•       Drive contract Management and risk mitigation to reduce financial and operational exposure


•       Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification

•       CIPS desirable

•       Project Management desirable

Tools of the Trade

•       Procurement experience of Supply Chain & Logistics Category, including Shipping, Outbound and returns carrier solutions, Honk Kong, UK and EU Warehouse solutions

•       Proven technical procurement experience and strong knowledge of category business models and approaches; able to develop sourcing plans, write and run tenders, plan and develop negotiation strategies and negotiate contracts

•       Significant commercial experience, with proven strong negotiation skills and the ability to problem solve complex delivery options

•       Consultative style with Excellent stakeholder management skills; able to engage and influence a range of stakeholders of all levels, developing strong relationships to become the trusted go to procurement advisor

•       Previous experience in a retail environment or fast-paced industry

•       Strong MS Office capabilities

Personal traits

•       Passionate, self-starter with tenacious ability to deliver projects; whilst possessing influencing and soft skills that enable you to lead or work as part of a team

•       Strong organisational skills and comfortable managing change; being adaptable and able to prioritise a busy workload

•       Ability to flex between strategic thinking and hands on tactical solutions

Ted’s Values…

•       Authentic             We have the freedom to be our ‘best self’, being true to ourselves and others

•       Kind                      We try to do the right thing: for each other, our communities, our planet and for Ted

•       Curious                 We are hungry to explore, innovate and think differently

•       Courageous          We have the confidence to be brave, have fun and discover the unexpected

•       Inclusive               We embrace and respect individuality and celebrate difference & diversity

Ted Baker is committed to equal opportunities and embraces diversity, understanding the needs and benefits of a balanced, inclusive workforce. We do not tolerate any harassment or discrimination towards any of our candidates or employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

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