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Job Title:  Sourcing Manager

Job Number:  23967

Country: United Kingdom
Function: Operations
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent


The Global Sourcing Manager is responsible for the executing of the global category ‘Sourcing to Contract’, specifically:




  • Source to contract (sourcing plan, tender, negotiate and contract)
  • Spend and compliance reporting
  • Commercial risk management
  • Contract Management


Key Accountabilities




  • Define global sourcing strategies for the materials within scope, in alignment with the business requirements and relevant regulations, and in collaboration with the Geographic Head of Procurement and Procurement Business Managers.
  • Execute sourcing plans for the materials within scope, in line with global standards and policies.
  • Lead global and geographic contract negotiations effectively to deliver robust terms and conditions that manages BAT’s service delivery and commercial risk and that represent value for money.
  • Build strong supplier base relationships and manage negotiation and supplier selection within the framework of the category strategies and sourcing strategies.
  • Lead global and geographic supplier management and drive geographic continuous improvement initiatives with suppliers in coordination with SNO and Quality.
  • Monitor contractual performance in accordance with agreed SLAs to identity and resolve issues, escalating as appropriate.
  • Ensure effective price management for the materials within scope using relevant market intelligence; input into the category strategy through effective forecasting of prices and market changes.


Contextual Information


Category strategies and subsequent sourcing strategies need to be aligned with the business needs and in consideration of the dynamic business environment.



Knowledge, Skills and Experience





Detailed knowledge of supply market, supplier capabilities and competitor activity, and expected trends at a geographic / global level.

Proven capability of applying supplier management techniques to deliver added value benefits in addition to contracted benefits.

Experience in successful development of complex, multi-country contracts and agreements.

Detailed understanding of financial evaluation and interpretation of supplier’s records and their key cost and business drivers.

Full understanding of the category total cost model, cost drivers and all factors needed to ensure a robust agreement for BAT (including specification and testing requirements).

Understanding of the processes, timelines and constraints for the development and delivery of new products.

Experience in managing complex global and area projects and programmes to improve performance and deliver service.

Professional knowledge of procurement principals, including high order negotiation skills.

Sound knowledge of corporate regulations and legislation to ensure the creation of effective group contracts.

Experience of sourcing at an above market / geographic level for a period of 2 years minimum.

Understands the dynamics of sourcing management at a global level.





  • Category management experience to work in finding solutions in multiple business needs and geographical requirements 
  • Strong Stakeholder Management skillset
  • High level of commercial awareness.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven negotiation skills and influencing skills: able to influence business partners and suppliers as well as the ability to be assertive if required to ensure compliance to contract.
  • Strong analytical and numerical ability.
  • Proven Supplier management experience to drive value beyond savings
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships working across geographic boundaries and functions.
  • A focus on service delivery and savings.





  • Relevant business qualification.
  • CIPS Corporate Diploma in Purchasing and/or membership of The Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply or equivalent country qualification or membership would be an advantage









Working Relationship




  • Global Category Manager (category strategies and sourcing strategies)
  • Sourcing Manager Community of Practice (knowledge sharing)
  • Legal (contracts review, guidance, risk management)
  • Business Systems (spend data)
  • IT (spend data & other business systems)
  • Supply Chain functions
  • Product, Marketing and other business functions
  • Global Procurement
  • Geographic Heads of Procurement, Procurement Business Managers




  • Suppliers (source to contract)
  • External supply base inputs e.g. Dun & Bradstreet, OneSource or similar tools


British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries.

We are proud that we are consistently among the top 5 companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Our portfolio includes our world-famous Global Drive Brands – Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans – along with many other leading international brands, such as Vogue, Peter Stuyvesant and State Express 555.

Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our Next Generation Products are already leading the way in the Industry of vapour and tobacco heating devices. We continue to develop a solid portfolio of consumer solutions which already include well known global brands like Vype, glo and Voke.

Contractual Legal Entity: BAT (Investments) Limited (GBIN)

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