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Procurement Lead - Senior Associate

Location:  Milano
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  09-May-2022

Job description

Requisition ID:  663146

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all. 


Would you like to be part of a global Supply Chain Services team that employs innovation and technology to disrupt the status quo and generate business value?  Would you like to play a role in building a better working world every day? If so, you will want to read this.


About Procurement

Our global Supply Chain Services team includes more than 400 people working across 30 countries. We are relentless trendsetters, employing the latest in innovation and technology to better service the business. In a world of disruption, we embrace transformation and work to find best-in-class services and suppliers to help us stay ahead of the curve. We are responsible for sourcing across four categories of spend:


  • Real Estate (including Workplace Services and Real Estate Technology and Innovation)
  • Technology Sourcing & External Content
  • Travel, Meetings & Events (including Brand, Marketing and Communications)

Procurement Services

These four categories collaborate strongly cross-functionally.


The opportunity:


You will be responsible for leading Workplace Services and Human Capital procurement projects and activities, sourcing execution and effective stakeholder management in Italy.


Workplace: This spend has several large components including: Office Products, Food Services, Mail Services, Security Services, Furniture and Fixtures, Carpet etc.

Human Capital: This spend has several large components including: recruitment, external workforce (contingent workforce and subcontracting).


The role:

The role of the Senior Associate – Workplace Services /Human Capital Sourcing Specialist will be to individually support the regional Workplace/Human Capital procurement lead in developing and delivering procurement strategy, customer engagement and vendor management across the Workplace Services/Human Capital categories  for Italy and hence experience working mainly with suppliers in Italy, experience in EMEIA markets would be considered preferential (but not essential). Whilst the initial focus of this role will include Italy and workplace services, we anticipate the successful candidate will grow and have the opportunity to work within wider range of countries and procurement categories as required.


Your key responsibilities:

  • Implement Sourcing Strategies for one or more of the Workplace Services/Human Capital categories
  • Build a pipeline of Procurement projects for the region in collaboration with local stakeholders and execute local and regional deals in the timelines agreed with key stakeholders and Regional Workplace Procurement lead.
  • Deliver both sourcing projects and demand management initiatives in support of the Workplace strategy/Human Capital
  • Increase the strategic value of procurement by delivering value to the bottom line through cost savings and cost avoidance, as well as increasing spend under management
  • Develop strong relationships with key local stakeholders, agreeing procurement projects, providing Exceptional Customer Service and delivering Value to the bottom line through Cost savings and cost avoidance
  • Achieve cost reduction targets, help to develop new cost reduction strategies and improve negotiable spend via sourcing and demand management
  • Provide strategic Procurement support to the global Real Estate Design & Construction team
  • Ensure the adequate planning around the deal pipeline and renewals of contracts
  • Lead RFPs and negotiations and support the team in the analysis of the information and the negotiation of the contract in conjunction with the stakeholders and legal teams.
  • Minimize contractual risks to the firm and manage business relationships with vendors according to EY’s Procurement and Independence policies.
  • Provide accurate monthly reports on his deals and savings.
  • Contribute driving and create the standardization of global processes and operations and ensure compliance to the Procurement policy by education of local EY staff and presentations to stakeholders.
  • Educate users, and stakeholders on these policies to ensure compliance. Challenge and escalate non compliance.
  • Contract management 
  • Respect for others and a desire to work as a team with stakeholders and the Supply Chain Services team.


To qualify for the role you must have:

  • Business degree or equivalent qualifications preferred but not essential.
  • CIPS or equivalent procurement qualification preferred but not essential.
  • Experience of at least 2-3 years in procurement and or strategic sourcing initiatives.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Italian and English, other languages would be considered a benefit
  • Proficiency in standard workplace technology, e.g. Microsoft office


Ideally, you’ll also have


  • Ability to align efforts with the key stakeholders and influence these leaders, as necessary, and possess a global mindset
  • Strong commercial skills in order to drive sourcing and demand management strategies across a broad array of categories. Advanced skills in procurement, financial analysis and project management are pre-requisite.
  • Agile and adept at managing multiple concurrent activities. Energetic and driven to achieve results.
  • Ability to balance the global mind-set with cultural diversity, ensuring global strategies can be successfully implemented locally. 
  • Previous experience working in a Global Team with remote supervision it would be considered.
  • Able to understand complex organizational processes with a proactive mindset.
  • Experience of various Source to Pay (“S2P”) processes in order to support the design and implementation of the global S2P system


What working at EY offers

We bring extraordinary people, together to build a better working world.

You’ll grow your skillset and expand your mindset. You’ll focus your intelligence and imagination on the most crucial, complex issues facing business, government and society today.

We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service while allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.


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