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Royal Mail Procurement Opportunities

Royal Mail is well underway with one of the largest transformation programmes in corporate history and moving towards the largest privatisation there has been in the UK for the last 20 years. This is a very exciting time within the organisation with the aim of meeting its strategic goals in terms of maximising profitable revenue through continued innovation and efficiency and service improvements, delivered through an engaged workforce.

Until recently Royal Mail, which is competing in an increasingly fierce market, was tied by significant constraints. These are now being removed providing both the opportunity and catalyst for transformation in order to meet the Organisation’s aim of becoming the most trusted postal services Company in the world. This is a hugely exciting time for Royal Mail Group and there could not be a more interesting time to join.

Procurement in Royal Mail
Procurement is led by CPO Kath Harmeston, a highly regarded figure within Procurement who reports directly to the CFO. The CPO’s commercial acumen has enabled her to move into a senior business role at the Organisation from a Consultancy where she was instrumental in massive procurement transformational focused programmes across industry.

Procurement has already been heavily involved in a programme of business- wide cost minimisation. The success of this activity has catapulted Procurement into one of the leading transformation-driving teams within the Organisation and Procurement is very clearly seen as a trusted commercial advisor rather than a transactional function. The roles now available within Procurement provide an opportunity to play a significant part in the ongoing development of both Procurement and the organisation as a whole.

Royal Mail takes a “Private Sector” approach to business, being highly commercial in focus. There is an exceptionally strong focus on cost reduction which is shared across all business functions. Candidates should anticipate that complexity and scale of spend and stakeholder management experienced at the Organisation will be some of the greatest in the market. The Procurement structure at Royal Mail is a flat and lean structure and offers an exciting mix of category development and execution accountability. As a consequence they have high expectations regarding analytical skills and general procurement market knowledge of all individuals joining within Procurement.

Procurement has never stood still within Royal Mail and current vacancies provide an opportunity to move with them. There is a well recognised training programme in place together with scope to develop and broaden experience through Royal Mail‘s involvement in joint ventures, subsidiaries and business programmes.

Royal Mail Candidates

Royal Mail’s requirement for candidates will appeal to highly resilient, tenacious engagers and astute stakeholder managers who thrive in fast paced, complex environments and enjoy a high level of autonomy regarding their approach and execution of category management. Current requirements will appeal to candidates with change management and a broader commercial point of view.  Financial and business acumen and general management will be required along with the ability to influence and persuade within a commercial environment. 

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