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Contract & Supplier Manager

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Job Description

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Team: Supplier Management, Finance

Salary banding: £43,610 - £57,000

Experience: Experienced

Working pattern:Full-Time

Reporting to: Clare Rozario, Head of Supplier Management

Sponsorship: Unfortunately we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.

This role in 3 words: Performance, Commercial, Dynamic

Top 3 qualities for this role: Influence, Collaboration, Communication

Where you’ll work:At OVO, we understand that a one size fits all approach doesn’t work for everyone. That’s why we created the OVO Way of Flexibility.All our roles are hub based (Bristol, Glasgow or London), providing a dedicated space for collaboration, connection and teamwork. You’ll also have the flexibility to work from home.

In the words of the team, you should leave your current role for this one because….

“OVO is such a great place to work! Fabulous people and extraordinary hubs across the country that drive collaboration and team working. The culture truly puts its people at the heart of everything we do. It’s a fantastic opportunity to craft and build the new Supplier Management function & provide industry leading support to OVO's strategic suppliers. You can also make an extensive impact on OVO’s path to Plan Zero by supporting our sustainability agenda and getting involved in purpose led initiatives. I really feel that our work adds value, makes a difference and contributes to our overall mission.”

Everyone belongs at OVO

At OVO, we are on a mission to solve one of humanity's biggest challenges, the climate crisis. And we know it takes all of us to change the world. That's why we need diverse people from all abilities, gender identities, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, life experiences and backgrounds to join us.

Teamworking for the planet

Everything we do here spins around Plan Zero. So, naturally, the team you’ll be joining plays a gigantic role in making that happen. Here's how:

If you’re a Contract and Supplier Manager with experience, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for a phenomenal communicator with superb communication skills. You’ll be an empathetic but tenacious negotiator who knows the right approach in a range of circumstances. It’s important you’re as comfortable working with contracts as you are working with people, and you’re ready for the challenge of getting the best out of supplier relationships in an organisation that’s dynamic and highly collaborative.

This role in a nutshell:

Reporting to the Head of Supplier Management, you'll be working within the centralised supplier management team. You'll focus on post contract management of OVOs strategic suppliers that are vital in helping OVO to achieve its goal to power human progress with clean affordable energy for everyone.

This is an exciting time to join the team, a time where we're really starting to focus on the sustainability and social value of our partners. You will also be playing a key role in driving value from our existing supplier contracts and embedding new supplier management frameworks and policies into every day working practices across the organisation. No two days will be the same in this dynamic environment and you can make a real difference in a way that we grow our partnerships.

Your key outcomes will be:

  • Monitoring the supplier performance to ensure contractual obligations are met, issues are called out and resolutions are offered quickly
  • Identifying and handling commercial risks, issues and opportunities, owning mitigating actions and next steps
  • Managing in-life contract variations and changes to commercial terms
  • Driving the value proposition during the life cycle of the contract, looking at new opportunities to drive cost efficiency and recovering service credits/rebates in a timely manner
  • Supporting the procurement team during tender exercises and contract extensions
  • Establishing and leading robust relationships with the suppliers and internal partners at all levels of the organisation
  • Producing regular data led management information reporting and supplier metrics
  • Facilitating and driving collaboration between the internal teams and suppliers
  • Ensuring supplier contributions and initiatives towards OVO’s Plan Zero are measured, monitored and discussed during the regular governance meetings
  • Supporting the implementation of new supplier management system and processes
  • Championing a customer centric culture

Y ou will need to demonstrate:

  • Commercially savvy with strong problem-solving skills and have an analytical approach
  • Confidence in influencing the agenda and driving outcomes with senior partners
  • Being a positive and proactive problem solver who can handle both planned and reactive requirements simultaneously.
  • Dealing with ambiguity, adapting to change and decision making with confidence

You’ll be a successful Contract & Supplier Manager at OVO if you…

  • Validated experience in a similar role in contract and supplier management
  • In-depth understanding of all aspects of contract management including contract terms and conditions, in-life variations, negotiations and contract law.
  • Validated understanding of the aspects of supplier management, including service level management and utilisation of recognised supplier management governance frameworks
  • Experience in delivering cost efficiency, process improvements and additional benefits
  • Proven track record of developing and maintaining partnership based relationships with suppliers
  • Familiar with managing and measuring sustainability performance
  • Excellent understanding of agile working practices would be an advantage but not crucial
  • Exposure to energy and/or technology businesses is desirable

Let’s talk about what’s in it for you

We’ll pay you between £43,610 - £57,000, depending on your specific skills and experience. If your expectations are a little different, have a chat with us!

We keep our pay ranges broad on purpose to give us, and you, flexibility to match your experience to our zero carbon mission.

You’ll be eligible for an on-target bonus of 15%. We have one OVO bonus plan that focuses on the collective performance of our people to deliver our Plan Zero goal.

We also offer plenty of green benefits and progressive policies to help you feel like you belong at OVO…and there’s flex pay. It’s an extra 9% of your salary on top of your core pay to use as you like. You can take it as cash, add to your pension, or choose to spend it on a huge range of flex benefits.

Here’s a taster of what’s on offer:

For starters, you’ll get 34 days of holiday (including bank holidays).

For your healthWith benefits like a healthcare cash plan or private medical insurance depending on your career level, critical illness cover, life assurance, health assessments, and more
For your wellbeingWith gym membership, gadget, travel and cyber insurance, workplace ISA, will writing services, DNA testing, dental insurance, and more For your lifestyle With extra holiday buying, discount dining, culture cards, tech loans, and supporting your favourite charities with give-as-you-earn donations

For your home Get up to £300 off any OVO Energy plan (when you pay by Direct Debit), plus personal carbon offsetting and great discounts on smart thermostats and EV chargers
For your commute Nab a great deal on ultra-low emission car leasing, plus our cycle to work scheme and public transport season ticket loans

Want to hear about our full range of flexible benefits and progressive people policies? Our People Team can tell you everything you need to know.

For your Belonging

To find better ways to support our people, we need to listen to each other’s experiences and find ways to build a truly inclusive and diverse workplace. As part of this, we have 8 Belonging Networks at OVO. Led by our people, for our people - so when you join OVO, you can play a part - big or small - with any of the Networks. It's up to you.

Oh, and one last thing...

We’d be thrilled if you tick off all our boxes, yet we also believe it’s just as important we tick off all of yours. And if you think you have most of what we’re looking for but not every single thing, go ahead and hit apply. We’d still love to hear from you! If you have any additional requirements, there’s a space to let us know on the application form; we want to make the process as easy and comfortable for you as possible..

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