Strategic Sourcing Specialist

KPMG Overview

KPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Service Line Information

With a turnover in excess of £1.5 billion and a payroll of close to 16,000 partners and staff across UK offices, our Finance team covers a huge spectrum of work. It spans everything from being closely involved in supporting the organisation's business strategy to tightly managing critical business functions like employee payroll, expenses, accounts payable and billing.

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Job Description



KPMG provides Audit, Tax and Advisory services to its clients supported by a Central Services function.  Within Central Services, the firm has an established Procurement function resourced with qualified procurement professionals responsible for supporting the firm’s £400m+ expenditure on bought-in goods & services.  The Procurement function‘s objectives are:

  • To be regarded as an invaluable business partner by the firm’s Central Service functions (in particular Facilities, HR, Marketing and IT) and by the wider business functions (Audit, Tax, Advisory and Markets)
  • To drive the continuous improvement of third-party goods & services and minimise the risks associated with commercial contracting activities through the application of best-practice procurement across the firm
  • The development and implementation of best practice tools and systems that support the wider business with the purchase of third party goods and services and to support and promote effective supplier management and sustainable procurement activities.
  • To deliver year-on-year financial benefit to the firm
  • To offer rewarding development & career opportunities to all members of the Procurement function

Overview of the Position / Key Responsibilities

Procurement’s sourcing activities are managed by category teams; Facilities, HR & Professional Services, Marketing, Technology and Travel.  Each category team is made up of category-specialist procurement professionals led by a Category Manager, each reporting to the Head of Procurement.  

The Procurement function is entering an exciting period of transformation and growth and has the support of senior executives to design, build and implement a P2P system across the UK firm.  Currently there is no firm-wide requisition or PO system so this will be a great step forward in being able to influence, demand channel and manage spend.  

The Strategic Sourcing Specialist will support the contract enablement activities associated with the P2P implementation and will work across a number of categories of spend.  They will be required to support the existing category resources and their activities will be varied and will include contract amendments/variations, tenders, catalogue creation and supporting general implementation activities.  The Strategic Sourcing Specialist will need to demonstrate the following attributes:

Team Player

  • Ability to work effectively in a team and adapt style of working to accommodate differences in working styles
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work across a number of procurement categories and to work with other stakeholder functions.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a cross-functional team and maintain healthy team dynamics whilst exercising the right level of challenge


  • Support the procurement teams with their strategic management of the categories.
  • Ability to interpret company accounts and highlight areas of concern
  • Significant ability to interpret data and understand the cost implications of supplier proposals
  • Support the category teams with contract enablement activities in preparation for P2P implementation, including, agreeing appropriate buying channels, renegotiation of contracts and review of contract pricing structures.

Change Management

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team who is leading firm-wide change
  • Significant levels of drive and resilience to maintain focus during periods of uncertainty
  • Develop an understanding of the case for change and demonstrate advocacy


  • With the support of the category teams, apply the firm’s independence & reciprocity policies, and apply the department’s standard processes, tools, templates & systems to all sourcing & contracting activities;
  • Appropriate consideration of Environmental, social mobility and Inclusion and diversity criteria in all sourcing & contracting activities.



Seizes Business Opportunities

  • Proactive in identifying and taking forward business opportunities. Effectively manage and communicate the benefits of change, drive innovation to improve performance for commercial gain. Awareness of market trends, competitor activity and products and/or services.

Demonstrates Curiosity & Innovation

  • Adaptive to changing circumstances. Ability to propose and build innovative solutions whilst being keen, active learners. Add value by seeking out new insights and perspectives, while implementing practical solutions.

Delivers Quality

  • Passionate about delivering high quality work and takes pride in ensuring the work is to the highest standard. Able to effectively prioritize their workload to deliver on time and budget with contingency plans in place. Clearly articulate to their team around expectations, direction, timelines, risks and work results.



Exercises Professional Judgment

  • Leads by example and is a role model to others in how to act with integrity, professionalism and objectiveness; Considers the ‘bigger’ picture when assessing issues and performs due diligence before concluding. Ability to cut through the complexity to augment their performance.



Makes an Impact

  • Has the ability to present information clearly, concisely and with conviction. Their communication is tailored to suit the style, situation or audience fosters a sense of belief and confidence

Procurement technical competencies

In particular the position requires:

  • Procurement experience, preferably in one or more of the category areas (Facilities, Technology, HR & Professional Services, Marketing & Travel) either in the form of leading low value/less complex procurement projects or supporting more complex sourcing activities
  • Literacy – ability to understand and author basic business documents including reports, business cases, terms of reference, Requests for Proposal, contract documentation etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree qualified (or equivalent)
  • Working towards becoming a fully qualified member of CIPS
  • Relevant industry experience; Professional Services, Financial Services etc is desirable although not essential
  • General experience of working in a P2P environment  (desirable but not essential)


Recognising and Motivating you

If the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally. 

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Intelligent Working

While some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands. 

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a disability

KPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG. 

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

Policy for Agencies

KPMG has a commitment to sourcing candidates directly and as such we do not accept speculative CV’s from agencies. Please check here to see our policy on agencies: Policy

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