Procurement Manager, Consultancy Services

Procurement management is at the heart of the Liberty Global Business strategy, focusing on a total external spend/purchased value of 6.4 billion Euro in Liberty Global, covering direct and indirect.



Indirect spend, International

  • Location LG NL Schiphol-Rijk
  • Full time
  • Posted on 15-11-2022
  • Job requisition id REQ_00033408

Procurement Manager, Consultancy Services

The Group Procurement Manager manages spend from a Total Cost of Ownership perspective by developing sourcing strategies and by driving the competitive bidding process & supplier selection, contracting & implementation, and contract and supplier relationship management for global Marketing, Consultancy and Professional Services spend. Recently, due to planned jointventure between VM and O2 in the UK market, we are observing a significantly higher volume of consultancy-related projects which require support of Procurement.

  • Knowledge of the supply market and related industries to enable the development of optimum sourcing solutions to meet short and long term business objectives.
  • Lead the contract management process for current and future contracts and support the contract management activities.
  • Lead effective supplier commercial relationship management for key suppliers and with key stakeholders and support the operational relationship management on an ongoing basis.

Strategic challenges:

  • Realize economies of scale (group leverage, standardization, normalization of suppliers etc)
  • Working in the matrix: Effectively managing the spend categories and people by managing group spend and ensuring that all Group sourcing strategies are successfully developed, fully implemented and executed by managing the group and local internal and external stakeholders.

Category Specifics:

  • Manage part of the Marketing, Consultancy & Professional services spend ·
  • Close collaboration with Group and Local Procurement Category Leads for Marketing, Consultancy & Professional services ·
  • Build effective relationships with key business stakeholders ·
  • Collaboration with Procurement Center of Excellence (CoE) Lead and CoE employees for analyses and reporting ·
  • Work closely with Business control to oversee and manage overall external spend

Main Responsibilities:
Three result areas: Strategic Sourcing, Contract management, Supplier Relationship Management

Sourcing and contracting for Group spend:

  • Support development of sourcing strategies (for Marketing, Consultancy & Professional Services) based on our long term business needs and deep industry knowledge
  • Support / lead Category Strategy Implementation, Results

Planning & Benefit Recognition activities

  • Spend & Demand Analysis
  • Supply Market Analysis activities

Sourcing and contracting:

  • Provide support / lead on Sourcing and Contracting activities and as such work closely together with the Category lead
  • Support the contract management activities for a set of Marketing, Consultancy & Professional Services contracts.
  • Liaise with Procure-to-Pay regarding Central payment process and support if needed and when needed

Supplier Management:

  • For Group suppliers support Supplier Relationship Management Strategy development, implementation and execution.

Accountable for:

  • Negotiating
  • Tendering & Supplier selection
  • Contracting & Implementation planning and working with Group Procurement team and Local Procurement teams on execution
  • Support development off and execution of Supplier Relationship Management


  • Contribution to the overall savings targets
  • Optimize between risk – cost – flexibility/quality
  • Enabling additional top line growth by shortening lead times/selecting best quality solution Improving cash flow by vendor financing and payment conditions
  • Ensure proper contracting for new and updated Group contracts

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Academic background (minimum Bachelor), preferably in business administration, or finance / procurement
  • Relevant experience in procurement
  • Preferably experience in an international / multi-country / matrix environment
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment, with a strong focus on customer service

Knowledge & Skills

  • Excellent communication and networking skills
  • Excellent change management skills to drive step improvement in entity’s capabilities within a Group matrix structure that is relatively new to the Liberty Global organization.
  • Relates effectively to people at all levels of the organization and with the supply base.
  • Able to articulate, advocate and work effectively at a senior level to build relationships, develop support, and advance the activities within the company.
  • Can-do mentality, pragmatic, drives for excellent results.
  • Knows when to push for a solution and how to win people’s commitment.
  • Long term view in combination with short term needs: fine balance between relation and strategy.
  • Dealing well with ambiguity.
  • Able to liaise effectively with suppliers and have contract negotiation skills covering complex agreements.
  • Advanced skills in MS Office (Excel / PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrate integrity: be the ‘conscience of the organization’, working collectively, not individually. Demonstrates high levels of integrity and openly constructively challenges others.
  • Engages with the Business using Business Language (commercially focused, no jargon). Demonstrates credibility and confidence when addressing the business getting them on-board.
  • Having a Global footprint & Mind set. Consistently considers issues and ideas using a Global perspective.
  • Languages – Fluency (oral & written) in English – Preferably one or more additional languages as spoken in the countries where Liberty global has local entities

Procurement Capabilities

  • Competitive bidding processes
  • Running effective pitch processes
  • Negotiation Preparation
  • Negotiation Execution
  • Supplier Screening and Selection
  • Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Global and Cultural Alertness

Key Measures:

  • Financial results/cost savings achieved within the spend category – for corporate teams as well as affiliate organizations
  • Vendor performance improvements
  • Internal customer satisfaction
  • On time completion of procurement activity
  • Completeness of communication
  • Quality and timeliness of reporting

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary + Bonus
  • 25 days annual leave with the option to purchase 5 more
  • Access to wellbeing and mental health benefits such as the Calm app, personal medical, critical illness cover and dental insurance
  • Matched pension contribution up to 10%
  • Access to our car benefit scheme
  • Access to our online learning platform to continue to develop and grow your career with us
  • The chance to join an innovative, fast-paced and passionate team

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