Job Vacancy

Supply Chain Manager

Location: Rowfant

Key Objectives

  • Ability to work within a dynamic integrated bid team and support the development of all aspects of bidding and post contract award solutions.
  • Work with National Procurement Manager and Commercial Manager to develop project procurement strategies.
  • Identification, selection and management of strategic partners.
  • Lead subcontract and major supply pre-let meetings.
  • Work with the National Procurement Manager to close out strategic tender and contract negotiations.
  • Assessing, valuing and advising on Commercial Risk associated with Supply Chain.
  • Carrying out quotation analysis, evaluation and selection of vendors, presents tender reviews / recommendation reports to Project/Senior Management Teams.
  • Working with the Commercial Manager and Legal Manager to ensure Supply Chain strategies are underpinned by sound legal and commercial governance.
  • Report on project cost savings.
  • Liaises and drives relationships within Colas and at all levels in the supplier’s organisation.
  • Promotes innovative ways to add value and reduce costs within the team.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance to Procurement processes & procedures.
  • Achieves targets set by Strategic Procurement Manager and Commercial Manager, prepares and presents reports in a timely & accurate manner.
  • Ensuring Procurement is to the Procurement Policy and Colas Strategy.

Person Specification


  • Possess or working toward corporate membership of the CIPS


  • Extensive procurement experience and good understanding of key Colas activities associated with highways and civil engineering projects.
  • Proven track record of supporting and complimenting the development of strategies and solutions.
  • An understanding of industry standard contract forms e.g. NEC, JCT.
  • Good understanding of operational and technical considerations in determining effective solutions to support bidding opportunities and projects.
  • Engagement with supply chain to contribute to value engineering and innovation.
  • Support the management of strategic framework agreements for key goods and services.
  • Excellent IT skills in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Decent understanding of market analysis and projections, including regular review and understanding of market trends and projections for goods, commodities and service relevant to Colas business activities.
  • Ability to support the determination of the ‘market’ rate for key commodities and services to support the bidding process.
  • Compliment the development of a major project delivery strategy is essential.
  • Able to present major project commercial procurement strategy within integrated bid teams.

Personal Attributes/ Skills

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Brilliant relationship and people management abilities.
  • Great time management and organisational talents.
  • Ability to think creatively and provide innovative solutions.
  • Continually review and improvement performance.
  • Able to work under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Committed and self-driven.
  • Experience in SAP or equivalent platform based purchasing systems.

Colas is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applicants from all minority groups.

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