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Jacobs Supply Chain Manager in Reading, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

The Supply Chain Manager will develop and enact the supply chain strategy, ensuring that best value contracts are introduced and appropriately managed with high performing Supply Chain partners.

Typical Responsibilities include:

  • Develop optimum relationships with suppliers and stakeholders to ensure the smooth running of contracts for the delivery of materiel and services

  • Provision of expert advice and guidance to the business that will be central to developing and maintaining an effective Make vs Buy challenge and which will be supportive of the business strategy.

  • The end to end procurement process from planning, setting of procurement requirements, issuing of tenders through to evaluation, selection & contract award and coordinates the internal sign off and approval pre-award

  • Introduction of advantageous commercial arrangement and / or innovative contracting models that seek a partnership and collaborative approach with key supply chain partners.

  • Develop and maintains relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including but not limited to Corporate Function, Lines of Business Directors and Project teams, delivery partners and the wider supply chain

  • Ensures processes and systems are established for the appropriate storage of all contractual documentation

  • Ensures an environment for continual improvement to ensure that the Supply Chain team provides a proactive, effective and efficient service to the business; identifying and challenging performance issues and non-compliance and driving out improvement actions / plans to address

  • Monitors business trends and product availability, ensuring value for money is achieved for materiel and services and that routes of supply are maintained for critical product

  • Undertake commercial activities related to make/buy decisions including preparation of the contract scope specification (noting that functional areas remain accountable for technical aspects of these decisions).

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or equivalent

  • Managing prime contract interfaces, risk mitigation and flexibility within supply chain including, supplier sourcing and leverage to deliver improvement, quality, performance, innovation and cost reduction.

  • Experience of budget management and control

  • The ability to manage complex stakeholder, and partnership relationships in a fast moving and changing environment

  • Experience of communicating and presenting highly complex information to internal and external stakeholders

  • High level of negotiation skills

  • Detailed practical knowledge of contract tendering, contract structures and preparation

Our Culture

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

If you require further support or reasonable adjustments with regards to the recruitment process (for example, you require the application form in a different format), please contact Matt.Jones1@Jacobs.com or contact the team (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

Your application experience is important to us and we’re keen to adapt to make every interaction even better. We welcome feedback on our recruitment process and if you need more from us before deciding to join Jacobs then please let us know. (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2)

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.