Network Director- Procurement

British Telecom

Job Description

Our mission is to break down the barriers of today to release the potential of tomorrow. Join us today and release yours.

About this role

The Network Director is responsible for leading a global super category and the category management process. They are accountable for delivering against this category strategy and will be the business partner to key stakeholders alongside other category directors as required. They are responsible for setting the agenda for strategic sourcing execution by their team and drive innovation opportunities to realise more value. They will have a degree of SRM ownership based on the supplier segmentation in their category which may be delivered either by themselves or direct reports.

You'll have the following responsibilities


  • Develop and deliver the L1 super category strategy, leads on strategic sourcing and business partnering initiatives that underpins CFU / CU strategies and plans

  • Recognised as a leader in BT and by our suppliers and industry peers, who can influence BT Group’s strategic sourcing agenda


  • Is the business partner to key CFUs / CUs to drive the category strategy and manage demand

  • Lead and guide the delivery of all strategic sourcing and improvement initiatives at global / regional / industry levels,

  • Set the strategic direction, individual and team targets and with a 2-5 year view on the optimal procurement strategy

  • Set clear vision for regional and industry category teams, and ensure adherence across regions and CFUs

  • Oversight to ensure procurement processes and activities are compliant and adhered across teams


  • Maintain a professional and motivated team, ensuring appropriate training and development


  • Drive category spend and performance, develop and deliver category strategy and long term values, ensure activities across teams are in line with governance, assurance and SOX controls

  • Provide insights to teams about the best approach to market, the optimum commercial models and supplier relationships

  • Provide insight to develop and implement policies and frameworks underpin products and service delivery

  • Sets appropriate targets for sub-categories and sub-category leads, and ensures category strategy implementation

  • Holds excellent senior relationships with internal and external stakeholders to establish category priorities, secure buy-in for category strategy and support for category implementation, ensuring compliance to BT policies and external regulations

  • May act as the SRM lead with key strategic suppliers e.g. Cisco (or the Direct Report will)

  • Sets direction for innovative improvement initiatives to realise more benefits in category / harness synergies across categories

  • Deliver business partnering services to key CFUs / CUs dependent on category Lead, develop and coach a team of procurement professionals to deliver brilliant outcomes for BT and our customers

About BT

BT has a key role in British society, fostering change and leading technology innovation. From delivering the Olympics, to supporting the emergency services, to investing more into research than any other UK technology company, we take pride in everything we do - and in the people who work here.

We're now a global company operating at the forefront of the information age, employing 90,000 people in 180 countries. And we're on a mission. Guided by our core values of Personal, Simple and Brilliant our goal is to help customers, communities and businesses overcome barriers and release their potential.

So, if you're interested in the power of potential, why not join us today and release yours? You can read more here about what it's like to work at BT at

How to Apply

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You'll need to have the following skills & experience

  • 10-15 years experience as an established leader within the Procurement function, with excellent leadership skills and the ability to lead, build and deliver through high performance teams

  • Excellent in providing guidance and decisions to the team in order to achieve optimal solution and outcome

  • Strong business mindset and category expertise, across end to end

  • Source to Pay areas, as well as external market condition

  • Demonstrates a track record of decision making capability and deliver against key metrics

  • Strong relationship management skills& ability to influence decision making with senior stakeholders within a matrixed environment

  • Experience in business partnering and supplier relationship management

  • Ability to manage complex, strategic and commercial requirements between BT and Suppliers, deliver projects and results on time and in full.

Job: Procurement and supply chain

Title: Network Director- Procurement

Location: GBR %26 Ireland-GBR-London

Requisition ID: 139517

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