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Sourcing Manager


Job Summary


This role will support the internal Procurement team to carry out our Procurement & Sourcing management strategy. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of all spend categories with a particular focus on IT and External Professional Services. Knowledge of the financial services sector would be an advantage. Excellent market & supplier knowledge and best practice using most appropriate sourcing methods.

Your Role


The selected candidate will demonstrate strong sourcing strategy skills and use these effectively to ensure business risks are minimized, contractual value is maximised, and appropriate governance is established & managed. A key deliverable will be to manage the year-on-year cost reduction efforts and deliver these cost savings against agreed targets.


Align with business functions to ensure optimal Supplier Performance Management (SPM) programme which includes establishing tailored performance metrics with each supplier with the help of supplier scorecards & dashboards. Participating in regular supplier review processes with key operational stakeholders.


Responsibilities will include (and not be limited to): 


  • Ensuring that all category spends are optimally sourced and managed in accordance with appropriate Zurich governance and risk policies.
  • Driving the Zurich cost reduction effort and delivering realisable cost savings for the business
  • Ensuring that appropriate due diligence is carried out on all sourcing activity.
  • Execute sourcing events using most suitable sourcing tools /channels
  • Developing appropriate category management strategies across all areas of spend while supporting vendor consolidation where possible.
  • Acting as a source of expert market & supplier knowledge for each spend category
  • Gathering qualitative & quantitative data as required from internal & external networking/benchmarking.
  • Working closely with Legal Dept.  and internal oversight function in the drafting and execution of vendor contracts.
  • Maintaining strong working relationships with operational and senior stakeholders, to fully understand and help shape business requirements.
  • Actively supporting Zurich’s Sustainability and Social Enterprise agenda through implementation of Supplier Code of Conduct and partnership development Social Enterprise sector

Your Skills and Experience


To be considered for this position, you must have proven sourcing and procurement management skills with the ability to interact, converse and share ideas effectively with colleagues and suppliers at all levels of our business.

As part of the selection process, the successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate the behaviours and criteria below:

1. Team-oriented, with proved collaboration and leadership skills.

2. Action oriented with a capacity to drive change and addresses challenges energetically. Degree level qualification or relevant qualification such as IIPMM/CIPS would be desirable.

3. Experienced Project manager

4. Highly self-motivated and directed coupled with a strong client service orientation

5. 5 years or more, experience in procurement & sourcing, with relevant category management level roles, in large/medium sized organisations

6. Familiar with on-line sourcing tools and market leading sourcing approaches e.g., Coupa

7. Ability to efficiently manage large volumes of spend data and establish clear & effective recommendations quickly and present these to senior business stakeholders.

8. Capacity to proactively engage with the business and supply market and be prepared to robustly challenge current thinking within the business.

9. Proven ability to effectively prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

10.Have good knowledge of contracting process, terms and conditions.

11. High level presentation and communication skills with articulate report writing skills for executive level review.


The ideal candidate for this role will hold the following skill sets:


Problem solving

Decision making

Excellent communication

Effective project management

Good influencer

Strategic thinking

Commercial acumen

Teamwork & collaboration.

Results focus.

Self-motivation and drive 

Ability to work in a dynamic environment.

Additional Information


This is a hybrid role which will require 2-3 days in office per week. 


This role may be available part-time or full time. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full-time.  Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you may need.

If you value an exciting and varied working environment and meet the above requirements, then we are looking forward to receiving your application.
Recruiting Consultant: Joanne Lynam

Hiring Manager: Neil Hoey 


Who we are

 Zurich is one of Ireland's leading insurance companies providing a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. The company employs over 1,000 people across its locations in Dublin and Wexford. Zurich is a strong brand. Zurich in Ireland is part of Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. Our 55,000 employees worldwide form the basis of our success, helping our customers in 210 countries and territories to understand and protect themselves from risk. In order to deliver our services, we offer a competitive compensation package and interesting opportunities for further training & development. As a Zurich employee you benefit from a multitude of advantages as well as a strong culture, characterized by acceptance, diversity and team spirit.

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