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IT Procurement and Vendor Management Manager (Part-Time, Job-Share, Full-Time)

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Location: Hybrid working – some travel to Fareham, Swindon and London

 

The opportunity: 

 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, proactive, and dynamic IT Procurement and Vendor Management Portfolio Manager to join our team. As the IT Procurement and Vendor Management Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing procurement and supplier management activities across all IT categories. Your role will involve providing strategic direction, ensuring performance targets are met, and identifying opportunities to drive commercial value and enhance customer proposition; targeted at £5 million set annually and delivered through team initiatives. You will also serve as the point of escalation for all matters related to procurement and vendor management.

To excel in this role, you must have credibility within the Senior Leaders Group and extensive experience in both sourcing and supplier management. You will lead a team of 6 direct reports who are responsible for supplier management and/or sourcing activities.

Many of our employees work flexibly in a variety of different ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours. 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 the interview about the flexibility you may need.

 

What will you be doing? 

 

  • Provide people leadership, development, and coaching to deliver a high-performing team that consistently delivers continuous improvement, added value, cost reductions, and alignment with strategic priorities.
  • Shape and drive IT category strategies, including spend analysis and supply market development, to support business and functional strategies.
  • Execute the annual plan to drive benefits through sourcing, contract management, and supplier management in line with targets.
  • Ensure compliance with third-party landscape and lead remediation programs where necessary, while keeping key stakeholders informed and consulted.
  • Stay updated on external IT supplier markets and trends to ensure access to required skills.
  • Collaborate with the Group to maximise enterprise value from sourcing events and ongoing vendor management.
  • Define the long-term direction of strategic procurement and vendor management processes and services in alignment with the business environment and strategic commitments.
  • Engage with senior stakeholders to consult and advise on service improvements, ensuring the Procurement and Vendor Management offering meets expectations.
  • Allocate resources effectively to drive the most value.
  • Anticipate the impact of changing landscapes, such as AI and digitalisation, on roles and approaches.
  • Continuously enhance knowledge by staying informed of market developments and gaining external insights.
  • Manage overall portfolio and resource planning, including pipeline and activity priorities across the wider team.
  • Identify skills gaps and enhance existing skills to drive continuous improvement.
  • Contribute to recruitment and succession planning.
  • Regularly interact with Governance, Compliance, and Legal teams to ensure compliance with Procurement & Vendor Management processes and procedures.
  • Embed resilience and sustainability into the supplier management framework and propositions.
  • Continuously improve the supplier's control environment to effectively mitigate current and future risks.

 

What are we looking for?

 

  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to set strategic objectives.
  • Strong IT background with a deep understanding of IT sourcing and supplier management.
  • Proven experience in change/project management, vendor management, service management, sourcing advisory, contract management, business transformation, or related fields.
  • Working knowledge of regulatory aspects within the organisation's operating environment, particularly in the insurance sector in the UK and beyond.
  • Experience in developing high-quality documentation, agreements, professional presentations, and executive/board reporting materials.
  • Proficiency in negotiating technical and commercial contractual terms.
  • Ability to facilitate customer strategy sessions and conduct workshops to identify and create sourcing opportunities.
  • Recognised industry professional qualification (e.g., CIPS / ISM) or equivalent working experience in IT procurement and vendor management.

As an inclusive employer, we want to ensure that all candidates feel comfortable and can perform at their best during the interview. You’ll have the opportunity to let us know of any reasonable adjustment or practical support needed when you apply.

 

Who we are:

 

At Zurich we aspire to be one of the most responsible and impactful businesses in the world and the best global insurer. Together we’re creating a brighter future for our customers, our people and our planet.

 

With over 55,000 employees in more than 170 countries, you’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company who are a long-standing player in the insurance industry.

 

We’ve made a promise to each other and every employee; to focus on sustainable impact, to care about each other’s wellbeing, to use our diverse expertise to be curious and optimistic and to develop the skills needed for our future.

 

If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. Be part of something great.

 

 

Our Culture:

 

At Zurich, our sense of community is strong and we’re particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion, which we’ve won numerous awards for. We want our people to bring the whole of themselves to work and ensure everybody is made to feel welcome, regardless of their background, beliefs or culture. We want our employees to reflect the diversity of our customers, and so are committed to treating all of our applicants fairly and with respect, irrespective of their actual or assumed background, disability or any other protected characteristic.

We’ve an environment that places a real importance on our people’s wellbeing from a physical, mental, social and financial perspective. We work with our wellbeing partners and industry experts to provide the best advice and access to a wealth of lifestyle support. We’re also committed to continuous improvement, and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities.

We’re passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity. Our charitable arm, Zurich Community Trust, is one of the longest-established corporate trusts in the UK. In that time, we’ve awarded grants and volunteered time to deserving causes in the UK valued at over £90 million.

 

So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, Love what you do. Work for us. #LI-Hybrid

 

The financials
  • 12% defined non-contributory pension scheme.
  • Annual company bonus.
  • Income Protection.
  • Life cover - four times your salary.
 
Time away
  • 25 days holiday a year plus bank holidays.
  • You can also request to swap UK bank holidays for days off that have cultural or religious significance to you.
  • The option to buy up to an additional 20 days or sell some of your holiday.
  • Three days paid volunteering.
  • Up to 16 weeks' full pay for maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
 
Your health is important to us
  • Access to Private medical insurance.
  • Virtual GP appointments.
  • Discounted gym membership.
  • Free flu jab.
  • Access to a wealth of support from our wellbeing partners.
 
We're making a difference
  • Creating a brighter, more sustainable future underpins all that we do here in Zurich. We were the first insurer to sign the ‘UN Business Ambition for 1.5˚C’ pledge.
  • Our charitable arm, Zurich Community Trust, has awarded grants and volunteered time to deserving causes in the UK valued at over £90 million.

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