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Job Title IT Supplier Manager
Department IT
Role Business Services
Job Location Bristol

The role:
Accountable for the management and coordination of key technology supply and outsource relationships, including contract and financial management, supplier governance and service reviews. Input into sourcing decisions and management of the procurement process for new suppliers and contract renewals.

What will you do:

• Management of centralised IT supplier catalogue and calendar including maintenance of all contracts and early warning of contract renewal dates.
• Holding formal service reviews with all key suppliers ensuring that performance is reviewed, under performance is identified and agreed action plans are out in place for recovery; managing out under performing suppliers as necessary
• Managing the supplier procurement and onboarding processes including Request for Information through to Request for Purchase and contract review in line with new project demand and contract renewals
• Building strategic relationships between Simmons & Simmons and its key IT suppliers to develop value add initiatives.
• Delivering MI on supplier performance against agreed contractual requirements, financial management, customer satisfaction and other key performance indicators
• Reviewing the market to ensure that best value is being provided from suppliers as well as products and services
• Identify, build and maintain internal stakeholder relationships required to implement supplier management strategies to support the delivery of wider business initiatives, with an increased focus on business impact including commercial, supplier performance and supply chain risk reduction.
• Feed into the annual budget planning cycle as well as providing supporting information for project estimates
• Manage the IT procurement team responsible for raising quotes, purchase orders, invoice payments and tracking spend against budget.

What we are looking for:

• Have a strong track record of supplier management, including contract management and relationship management.
• An understanding of technology sourcing
• Good stakeholder management skills.
• Ability to understand, communicate and negotiate contracts, SLAs and KPIs.
• Self-motivated and able to adapt to changing priorities
• Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• An enthusiasm to establish/maintain an 'industry awareness' of trends in supplier management.
• Able to problem solve and facilitate solutions to disagreements.
• Excellent understanding of ITIL with v3 foundation level as a minimum requirement
• A good understanding of project lifecycle methodologies such as Prince 2 and Agile IT best practice frameworks.
• Effective at building and sustaining relationships across all levels of the organisation, both within IT and beyond.
• Experience in acting as a point of reference to a delivery team, confident in working and negotiating with technical experts.
• Excellent written, verbal and presenting skills

Here at Simmons & Simmons:

We believe our people define us. Our working environment is genuinely collegiate with a supportive atmosphere and team ethos - we have a reputation for being a friendly culture which we are very proud of. An inclusive and diverse culture, our innovative approach and being truly international are just a few more things that make us, us.

• Competitive Offer Package including bonus's dependant on role/level, private medical insurance & pension contribution to name a few.
• Dress 'for your day' Code.
• Hybrid working approach of 2 days a week required in the office with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands.
• A wide range of international offices including: Hong Kong; Dubai; Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore.
• All offices have their own artwork collections - with a Damien Hurst and a Tracey Emin in the London office. We have a long standing history in supporting the art community especially up and coming artists.
• The creation of Simmons & Simmons Solutions - bringing together the best legal advice from our established legal teams with non-traditional capabilities that enhance, expand and differentiate the Simmons offering.
• We were ranked as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and Top 30 Employer for Working Families in 2020.
• We have Social and Sport Committees contributing to Xmas & Summer parties, end of month drinks and various sporting events.
• We also have a range of Diversity Network Groups including LGBT+, Emerge (Race & Ethnicity) and The Number One Club (Women's network) who have organised various talks and events firmwide.

If you are interested in finding out more about this position then please contact the Recruitment Team with any questions. To apply for the role please click on the link at the bottom of the page/visit the career pages on our website, where there is also a detailed job description.

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