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Job Title

Head of Procurement - Hermes

Industry SectorServices, Transport & Distribution
LocationsYorkshire & Humber
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted19 June 2017

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Award winning Hermes is the largest UK courier delivery service and we handled over 270 million parcels last year. We employ over 2,500 people, have over 10,000 self-employed couriers and deliver parcels to over 190 countries.

We have grown in excess of 15% each year over the past 5 years with even bigger ambitions for the future - there has never been a more exciting time to join us!

How it feels to work for us:

Here at Hermes, we empower each individual with both the responsibility to make critical decisions and to explore new ideas to achieve the best performance.

The biggest thing we are proud of is that our people care. We want you to make a positive difference to our customer’s experience, because in every job at Hermes, you will and you can add value.

Role overview:

Your will be to develop a procurement strategy for Hermes UK and managing the function, covering all business categories, with spend >£250m. You will ned to balance value with service and legislation expectations as well as lead tenders, negotiations and supplier reviews to ensure they fit with our business objectives.


What you are Accountable for

  • Set targets for financial savings, ensuring conversion and delivery of benefits and monitor against these
  • Work with all business areas to review areas of spend
  • Evaluate and maintain agreements with key suppliers
  • Proactively engage with internal and external stakeholders
  • Influencing stakeholders on recommended areas for change / improvement
  • Commercial negotiations through to contract handover


  • Responsibility for providing strategic direction and leadership for the procurement projects of the business and work with other category specialists, contractors and suppliers in accordance with group policy.
  • Leading contract negotiations and contract management ensuring all Hermes UK procurement activities deliver best value for money, or best service
  • Management of procurement projects in their own right and work as a member of a larger project team on larger scale strategic initiatives
  • Responsibility for planning procurement projects
  • Apply appropriate negotiation techniques
  • Responsible for identifying and optimising synergies wherever possible across the Hermes/Otto businesses to maximise opportunities and leverage economies of scale
  • Utilising technical and market knowledge to offer value and influence the decision making process related to strategic activities
  • To deliver year on year value improvement, measured in £m, with a target 3% annualised saving
  • Provide direction and leadership for procurement working with category specialists and project leads
  • Form independent relationships with key suppliers
  • Sourcing of external expertise where required, derive knowledge and value
  • Development of team

Key Contacts/Business Relationships

  • Departmental heads
  • Board of Directors
  • Legal
  • External supplier base
  • Group procurement colleagues


  • CIPS qualified, or educated to degree level
  • Extensive experience in leading a procurement team
  • Considerable experience of working across multiple categories
  • You will be an accomplished influencer and negotiator, willing to step beyond the traditional procurement role to maximise business opportunities
  • Numerate with the commercial acumen to evaluate procurement opportunities
  • Effective communication skills, highly motivated in meeting challenging deadlines and delivering outstanding service
  • Ability to coordinate business stake holders during a procurement process
  • Strong IT skills and knowledge of MS Office, Excel, Word, Project
  • Operational knowledge of Contract and Schedule construction and a good level of understanding of contract law
  • Analytical, good communicator, self-starter who leads by example, motivator of team

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