Procurement Manager - Infrastructure

24 Nov 2021
01 Dec 2021
Contract Type

Want to do the best work of your life? With 24 million customers in 6 countries, make your mark at Europe's leading media and entertainment brand. A workplace where you can proudly be yourself; our people make Sky a truly exciting and inclusive place to work.



As Procurement Manager, you will play an important role in forming and implementing the strategic sourcing direction for Technology Hardware & Infrastructure spend categories within Sky's Group Procurement function which operates across Sky Group and now also Comcast/NBCU. The role will involve interaction with other departments at a global and local level including various Technology areas, Finance and Legal.


What you'll do:

  • Working with the Broadcast, Infrastructure and Production Procurement team to assess and deliver against Group Procurement objectives across the Sky Group/Comcast and NBCU.
  • Owning and managing data gathering and analytics for the team on spend information, contract data, market analysis and other required data and reports.
  • Maintaining key stakeholder relationships, with appropriate regular communication, ensuring clear understanding and alignment between their strategic plans and Procurement's direction.
  • Build and maintain all other stakeholder relationships such that implementation of sourcing initiatives considers and supports their day-to-day objectives
  • Be able to work closely with procurement and business colleagues across the wider Group, including teams in Italy, Germany and America.
  • Provide strategic commercial input to a broad range of initiatives, including Sky-wide cost-saving programmes
  • Through liaising with the appropriate business areas, lead negotiations with strategic suppliers at a global and local level driving the most benefit to Sky.
  • Demonstrating a flexible approach to driving financial and non-financial benefits to all business areas
  • Understand the factors and challenges faced in the Technology industry and be able to use this knowledge to introduce innovation and challenge current business processes.
  • Be capable of evaluating all options against all relevant factors i.e. technical, commercial, logistical, risk etc and recommending the best option to the business
  • Proactive investigation and value-driven expansion of Procurement involvement in further Infrastructure categories.
  • Help deliver procurement initiatives and best practice, including support for the wider Group procurement vision.

What you'll bring:

  • Proven Procurement experience specifically including the development of category plans and the data analysis to feed into the plans.
  • Procurement processes, knowledge and experience of running sourcing activities including RFPs
  • Good understanding of Sky, our platforms and products, and the wider competitive context within which the Sky business operates
  • Highly motivated professional with a proactive approach
  • Excellent negotiating skills and commercial acumen as well as interpersonal and communication skills
  • Creative thinking - initiative and enthusiasm in finding new sourcing approaches to balance operational and commercial pressures
  • Ability to put relevant structure around the decision-making process and ensure all options are understood in relation to the business requirements
  • Ability to manage variety of projects and the associated expectations
  • Display enthusiasm and self-motivation to overcome obstacles and demonstrate a positive approach in the face of difficulty whilst encouraging the same approach in others
  • Long-term strategic vision / understanding to help balance immediate requirements against longer-term needs
  • Ability to connect with a very broad range of stakeholder personalities
  • Eagerness to grow and develop.

Team Overview We bring the best from the global market into Sky - we buy technology, marketing, corporate, operational services and editorial production solutions. We are an international team working with our stakeholders our partners to curate the most effective and efficient customer-led operating model. High ethical standards are embeded in our team, and we engage our supply chains in creating a sustainable future!


The Rewards:There's a reason people can't stop talking about #LifeAtSky. Our great range of rewards really are something special, here are just a few:


  • Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place
  • A generous pension package
  • Private healthcare
  • Discounted mobile and broadband
  • Access a wide range of exclusive Sky VIP rewards and experiences

Where you'll work:Our Osterley Campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Ealing Broadway and South Ealing tube stations. There's also plenty of bike shelters and showers.


On campus, you'll find 13 subsidised restaurants, cafes, and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed and even get pampered at our beauty salon.


Inclusion:We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we've been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for this, and we've committed £30million to support the fight against racial injustice. We've also set ambitious targets for increasing ethnic diversity and representation throughout our organisation.


At Sky we don't just look at your CV. We're more focused on who you are and your potential. We also know that everyone has a life outside work, so we're happy to discuss flexible working!


And we'll do everything we can to support you during your application. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, speak to our recruitment team who will be happy to support you.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


Why wait?Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can't wait to hear from you.


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Just so you know: if your application is successful, we'll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer.