Driving down costs of procurement will always be a key part of increasing profits, and long-term solutions need to be found to making it happen. The strategic sourcing analyst will usually be employed by larger companies with multimillion pound turnovers and a wealth of data to draw on. At this scale, seemingly tiny changes in sourcing strategy can be converted into hundreds of thousands in savings once implemented.
The role will involve a good deal of data analysis, with the analyst looking deeply into every aspect of the company’s sourcing and identifying savings or flagging up areas where there is the potential for saving, for example renegotiating contracts with certain suppliers or seeking the change suppliers. The successful strategic sourcing analyst will be a creative thinker who can come up with non-direct ways of making savings.
Because strategic sourcing takes place over the longer term, short-term gains might often prove not to be economically optimal, for example if they tie the client into contracts that could have been negotiated more advantageously if a guarantee of future custom could have been written in.
The analyst will also have to present his or her conclusions and recommendations to the board in order for them to be made company policy. There will then follow a stage of follow-up analysis to check the performance of the changes.
A good head for figures will be a key requirement for this role. It’s possible that several strands of negotiations could be going on simultaneously, with an optimum solution being concealed within them. Someone mathematically astute enough to have an instinct for finding the best deals and having their suspicions backed up by computerised analysis could be the ideal candidate, although such people could be few and far between!
Much of the work will involve meeting with other departments of the company and also with suppliers and those tendering for supply contracts, so someone who is at ease talking business and negotiating on the company’s behalf will be well suited to the role.
Needless to say, this will require superb communication skills, and an ability to think on one’s feet whilst being armed with a thorough knowledge of the employer’s strategic aims.
Cast UK is growing in the UK logistics, procurement and supply chain recruitment industry, partly because these are the only sectors we deal with. People approach us for many reasons, whether seeking more job fulfilment or simply relocating with the family, so it’s good to know that we always have the complete range of positions available nationwide.
Our founder members and consultants all come from these sectors, so we know what employers and candidates are looking for in their staff and careers respectively. As we only deal with these fields, many employers come to us first to create a candidate shortlist because they know we’re tightly focused on delivering the best people to them.
Please see what’s available in your region and if you’ve seen something you’re interested in, do get in touch – whether it’s today or tomorrow, we might have the ideal position for you.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Strategic Sourcing Analyst for your business or find you a job as a Strategic Sourcing Analyst then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
Covering Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Teeside and County Durham, the North East includes the cities of Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as other communities like Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Darlington.
In the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, the area's economy mainly relied on shipbuilding, heavy industry, coal mining and manufacturing. However, most of these faced significant decline after the second world war.
The region's economy is now mainly based in the service sector, and it is also known for its retail, art and culture. A number of tech companies are located in the North East, as well as businesses based in the petrochemical and steel industries.
What's more, the region is home to a significant amount of scientific research, particularly at the Centre for Life. This facility in Newcastle includes exhibition space for tourists, as well as a number of working laboratories that are used by biotechnology companies and medical clinics.
For those seeking Strategic Sourcing Analyst roles, just some of the companies that have headquarters or manufacturing facilities in the North East include Santander, Sage Group, Virgin Money, Tetley Tea, McCoy's Crisps, Greggs the Bakers, Nestle and Coca Cola.
In addition, there's BAE Systems, which manufactures military tanks, while Siemens produces steam turbines and Nissan operates the largest car factory in the UK.
If you're looking for new Strategic Sourcing Analyst vacancies in the North East, Cast UK can help. Our team of recruitment specialists are experts in the fields of supply chain, procurement and logistics and we are committed to filling each role with the best candidate possible.
To find out more, or to get started with your job search, contact us today. A consultant will discuss your requirements and provide you with advice and regional expertise to help you decide which roles to apply for and where to begin your search.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within the North East or source a new job in the North East then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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