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Property Procurement Manager

Business Services
22000256 Requisition #

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About CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent.

About the Role

The Property Procurement Manager (PPM) is responsible for leading and managing the overall procurement within the property category that includes identifying strategic category imperatives aligned to the organisation’s business objectives and developing an overall category management framework. The incumbent’s role requires an innovative and driven procurement professional to work at a senior level with the Property Category team delivering commercial support for the firm.  The PPM is also responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the Property category initiatives. 
The Property category includes all construction programmes, refurbishment & development, and all works related to Property relocations and Cat A and Cat B office fit outs. 

About You

Key performance areas:
Strategy development: Procurement property management strategy initiation, planning and development 
Relationship Management: Stakeholder category management business benefit marketing and relationship management.
Working closely across different functions including IT/AV and local office management teams across our wider office network. 

CIPS Qualification preferred (or working towards) or be able to clearly evidence equivalent levels of experience, technical knowledge, and expertise by having worked as a procurement professional in property category arena
Your personal skills must comprise strong negotiating, influencing and communication capabilities to liaise with and influence stakeholders within the Firm internally and externally at all levels.


Appropriate professional IWFM (BIFM) or RICS registration is desirable.

Exposure to senior management development programmes and / or specialist procurement or category management programmes is a distinct advantage.  Familiarity within a similar industry would also be advantageous.
•    The incumbent should possess five years’ business management, together with an additional five years’ management experience in procurement, property, operations, or a related field.  An in-depth knowledge of modern procurement techniques and approaches, including strategic cost management principles and strategic category management process knowledge is essential. Ideally exposure to working within physical space i.e. premises and property previously.

Procurement Property management strategy initiation, planning and development 
The key responsibilities for the Property Procurement Manager will be;
    managing and delivering property, construction & estates related procurement projects, delivering savings & added value benefits
    undertaking property related commercial activities including market development and engagement, spend analysis, commercial opportunity identification, tendering & implementation of procurement contracts across the Firm as directed by the Head of Procurement and the Head of Premises.
    monitor the over-arching Property market, and key market suppliers in terms of performance and stability, highlighting and tracking risks where appropriate.
    lead (and assist where required) on complex, strategic, contractual and commercial negotiations on the Property category, maximising value for money for the Firm.
    utilise category management practices to profile, benchmark, research and assess the market.
    Experience of working in the Corporate Procurement sector
    Strong analytical capabilities 
    Continuously scans the category management and strategic sourcing environment, to keep abreast of global approaches and trends and to develop ideas for category strategy improvement opportunities within the organisation.
    Engages with business stakeholders to clarify and prioritise the value that is required from the category management and contracts management function.
    Under the direction of the Head of Procurement and Head of Premises, develops a vision and strategic objectives for the property category management function within the firm, including :
    Sourcing strategies.
    Corporate responsibility (CR).
    Sustainability strategies involving BREEAM, LEED, etc
    Supplier performance management.
    Key stakeholder relationship management.
    Continuous improvement.
    Uses benchmarking opportunities to shape thinking on improvement possibilities for the future.
    Identifies Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) opportunities and ensures these are incorporated within the Procurement Property plan.
    Assists stakeholders to categorises suppliers according to future fit with business objectives.
    Obtains sponsorship and senior business management sign-off and buy-in for key category strategies including budget provision and associated implementation project plans.
    Monitors overall category strategies development and implementation programmes and processes and directs/makes changes to the programme in line with the changing business environment.
    Ensures good governance in all aspects of category management.
    Ensures clear definition of benefits from procurement property projects.
    In conjunction with the Property team, coordinates and controls the budgeting process within the relevant category portfolio.
    Within the relevant category portfolio, monitors progress against:
o    Budget
o    Delivery of benefits targets
o    Specific measures
o    Action plans for strategic approaches
    Provides guidance to stakeholders on the establishment of TCO models, “should-cost” models and other category management tools.
    Defines category portfolio targets, supplier performance measures and required service levels.


Equal Opportunities

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive. For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please view the Diversity & Inclusion pages on our website.

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